I think you all have at least heard about the Brontë sisters. I learnt about them in school, and I thought it was time to read some of their books now that I’m almost an adult. I chose to read three: Jane Eyre and Villette (both by Charlotte Brontë) and Wuthering Heights (by Emily Brontë). Note: this is just my opinion, yours can of course be different!
Jane Eyre was the first book I read, and at first I thought it a bit boring, because not much happened. Fortunately, it became better the farther I read and in the end, I really wanted to know what would happen with Jane Eyre. I liked to discover the old English expressions (which I could do in the other two novels too, but more in Jane Eyre), for example Charlotte writes a lot ‘bye the bye’, which is now evolved into ‘by the way’. Those ‘old expressions’ add something special to the book, which I deem (linguistically) interesting.
The second one I read was Villette, which actually disappointed me. It was good in the beginning, but afterwards really boring. I kept saying to myself that it’d become better the farther I would read, but I stopped halfway because I didn’t enjoy reading anymore, which is for me a reason to quit a book. I’ll maybe try to read it again in a couple of years, perhaps I’ll like it more when I’m a bit older.
Some weeks later I read one of the novels by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights. I had difficulties at first with all the characters, because everyone was named Earnshaw and Linton and some characters even had the same forename. This is why I looked up a family tree on the Internet. This really helped me! The losing point of looking it up was that also the characters, that were, for example born in the middle of the book or married at the end, were in the family tree. I knew beforehand which people would still marry, die or get a baby. I of course didn’t know their story, but it was a little annoying to already know those things. Besides that, I consider it a real good book and I really want to read more books by Emily Brontë, I think this book was very different to the books I read from her sister! I think it could even be filmed now as a soap, because it is of course with habitudes and styles of the early 19th century, but there are a lot of situations or problems that a lot of people are still familiar with nowadays too.
I hope you are encouraged to read a book by one of the Brontës too. I am sure I will read more of Emily’s books, perhaps some others by Charlotte and maybe I’ll try one by Anne too (her novels are less known, which is why I chose to read them from her sisters first). Feel free to tell me about your experiences with the novels of these three women !
Lots of Love,