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  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Bleak House – Part II

    I keep on reading and enjoying Bleak House! So here goes the review of Part II, containing the following chapters: 5. A Morning Adventure 6. Quite at Home 7. The Ghost’s Walk I read these chapters a few days ago, so revisiting them with the knowledge of what will be happening a hundred pages after them (I’m already starting Part V tonight) helps giving some clues on what is really going on. This is a feeling I get in every chapter of the book: there is something going on and Dickens does not want the reader to fully know. We are asked to make a close reading, to guess and…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Bleak House – Part I

    I picked up Bleak House as my second project for my 19th century course. I am not a big fan of Dickens, although I did enjoy the story behind Great Expectations (what did not catch me was the style) so this is a personal challenge for me. I bought the Penguin Clothbound edition, which includes the division of chapters in 20 parts and original illustrations from the original edition. I had planned on reviewing the book as a whole, but seeing that Ashley was parting her reading in parts, I feel like doing the same. Part I contains the following chapters: In Chancery In Fashion A Progress Telescopic Philanthropy I…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Victorian

    Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford is novel by English 19th century author Elizabeth Gaskell, published between 1951 and 1953 in Charles Dickens’ Household Word Magazine, mainly read by the middle classes. This review will focus only in Cranford. For more information about Mrs.Gaskell, click here. 4/5 When I was negotiating which book to choose for my project with my literature professor, I realized that I had the opportunity to read something fantastic that was not in the program. All my classmates decided on Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley or the Brontës. Our professor wanted us to focus on an author we had not previously read and doing some research on the web I…

  • 19th century,  Features,  General Fiction

    Mrs. Gaskell – A biography

    When choosing a project for my 19th century literature lesson I had a lot of authors to choose from: Austen, Dickens, Elliot, the Brontës… but Elizabeth Gaskell was not on the program! After consulting with my professor, we both agreed I could work on Mrs. Gaskell and Cranford for my presentation. The truth is, I could not be happier! First I read Cranford and then, when planning my first lesson as a teacher, I realized I could not tell my classmates about the book without referring to the author. So, here goes some information on Elizabeth before I publish my Cranford review. Sometimes, the life of authors is key to…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

    Mansfield Park was my first read of 2012 (started in 2011, actually) and I think it was a good way to get into a new year. I have never, ever, liked Jane Austen. In 2008 I bought Pride and Prejudice after hearing it praised for being a great love story. However, after struggling with the book for months, I could not see a love story, just two people who, in my humble opinion, did not know each other and decided to get together out of the blue. Then, I had to revisit it for a 19th century literature class and my opinion did not change… at all. But, by the…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    After hearing in too many movies that people usually read Wuthering Heights at Christmas, I decided I would give it a try myself too during that period. So, I bought the wonderful hardback, Penguin Classics edition that includes an introduction, explanatory notes and a traditional, cloth made bookmark. Title: Wuthering Heights Author: Emily Brontë Year of Publication: 1847 Edition: Penguin Classics, edition without Charlotte Brontë’s corrections. Victorian fiction 4/5 Summary from BookDepository: Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took…