Saturday, 30 October 2010

Literature Review

I’m reading “Jane Eyre” at the moment and it’s annoying me a little. I read it at a very young age, but that was one of those ludicrously abridged Illustrated Classics, reading it for an English Lit class is way more taxing – that book is long. I’m not a huge fan of the Bronte’s – save for “Wuthering Heights” which I sort of worship, sort of. We just wrapped up “Pride & Prejudice” and the parallels between Austen’s narrative and Charlotte are a bit striking if you look at it in the right perspective, and then I came across this article which amused me. It seems many are not fond of Austen, Bronte included. I’m a Jane Austen apologist, but in her defence – no one can take such simple plots and turn them into brilliant ruminations like she. “Jane Eyre”? Not so much.  After the atrocity of “Robinson Crusoe” – I refuse to retract that statement, I loathed the book - Henry Fielding and Jane Austen were welcome distractions, but now we're on to Bronte and Charlotte and her fancifulness aren’t making me very pleased. Ah, school is bland – and then we’re doing “Paradise Lost” for Poetry – ugh, not a fan of Milton....
Speaking of aged 18th century lit, though, I had the weirdest experience last week. I went into a library, told the Librarian that I was looking for Caribbean plays. She’s there looking and turns to me, “Oliver Twist isn’t Caribbean, is it?” W! T! F!??????????????? It’s not Caribbean, it’s not even a freakin’ play! And from a librarian? And people wonder why I have no faith in humanity. Sigh.
What have you been reading lately? I hope it’s for pleasure, and not for school. Scholastic reading always ends up becoming tedious...


Walter L. Hollmann said...

Jane Eyre is a work that excites me on screen. On the page, though, it makes me consider book-burning. And I don't get why people dislike Jane Austen. So her books are light. So what? Can't we enjoy dessert just as much as a full entree?

Currently reading "Beloved" and "So Long a Letter" for class. Loving the former, just starting on the latter.

MovieNut14 said...

My sister told me you can either a be Bronte fan or Austen fan. She's more for the former, I believe.

I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice, but only when I have free time. Not easy when you're a high school senior still looking at colleges.

Robert said...

My friend is obsessed with Jane Eyre, but I haven't yet read it. Perhaps I should be a little worried?

Anyway I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend "To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf if you haven't read it. I just finished it recently and absolutely adored it. I'm working on "Heart of Darkness" now.

TomS said...

Re-Reading "The Terror Dream" by Susan Falludi, and starting "The Help" Stockett for a book discussion.

Heard a literature scholar on National Public Radio say that Jane Austen was atrocious with spelling and grammar!

Her stories are entertaining, though.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

walter so long, a letter is lovely, even though trying to read it in french was hell. it was one of the books i was supposed to do when i did french at the proficiency level, it was awful - to this day french remains one as one of my worst subjects even though i love the language.

anna incidentally i'm a HUGE fan of of emily bronte.

robert to the lighthouse IS beautiful. we're supposed to do heart of darkness in our final year i think, never read it. and on jane eyre it's kind of maddening, perhaps i'll expound some day.

tom wow. that's one harsh student. i always assume that there were different rules for english in that time, because we could probably lodge that same argument against shakespeare; and he's untouchable, says me.

Jose said...

Well I love both Austen and the Brontes.

Anyway I just finished "Revolutionary Road" and am doing "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", it is SO addictive in a totally trashy, thriller kind of way. I don't want it to EVER end and I'm almost done with it :(