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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd (4 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086322363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863223631
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 22.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin has evocatively captured the sad parameters of Branwell s world, revealing the pattern of his self-destructive path through life in a way that is painful but also memorable. --The Irish Times

A thoughtful, lyrical exploration of an almost forgotten figure. --Metro Ireland

"Martin's method of controlling his chaotic protagonist is to choose a spare, stripped-down style which could not be more different from the opaquely inconsequential, rambling prose Branwell himself was producing... This is a novel written with pity rather than empathy [and] impressive diction." --Times Literary Supplement

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Matthews on 9 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
This isn't a straightforward biography of Branwell Bronte, it's much better than that.

Douglas Martin is a poet and this book is a beautiful poetic dream, using the dark, damp, brooding atmosphere of the moors and parsonage to set the scene. Branwell's relationship with his sisters, his involvement with their writings, his intoxication and eventual downfall are all brilliantly portrayed.

Douglas Martin has a deceptively simple style of writing, very easy to read. I don't know of any other author who can convey so much meaning and emotion in so few words. He never tries to give a complete picture, the narrative is fragmentary and he doesn't draw conclusions. Subtly outlining such issues as Branwell's sexuality and his sudden dismissal from his tutoring post at Thorp Green, he leaves it to the readers to decide for themselves what actually happened. Martin's extensive knowledge of the Bronte family and their writings comes across clearly.

It's tempting to read the book quickly, but don't do that - you will miss a lot of the subtleties in the text. The more you reread this book, the better it gets - brilliant!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Douglas A. Martin has done it again! 14 Oct 2007
By Erika Theiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The historical narrative of the one and only Bronte son, BRANWELL is a grand gesture, Martin's style is so dreamily crafted. The author not only reconstructs the permanent veiling of Branwell's spirit by way of his sisters' fame, but through prose as mesmeric as that found in his previous works, it seems as though Martin personally knows his protagonist, Patrick "Branwell" Bronte, alighting the years between with dexterity unlike any other. Martin is a time traveler and his books well-oiled machines, facilitating insight, enlightening, and grooming audiences for what is yet to come. This novel continues to educate far beyond its first reading.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A poetic novel / biography of the Bronte brother 9 Oct 2007
By Carolyn Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This isn't a straightforward biography of Branwell Bronte, it is much better than that.

Douglas Martin is a poet and this book is a beautiful poetic dream, using the dark, damp, brooding atmosphere of the moors and parsonage to set the scene. Branwell's relationship with his sisters, his involvement with their writings, his drug and alcohol abuse and eventual downfall are all brilliantly portrayed.

Douglas Martin has a deceptively simple style of writing, very easy to read. I don't know of any other author who can convey so much meaning and emotion in so few words. He never tries to give a complete picture, the narrative is fragmentary, and he doesn't draw conclusions. Subtly outlining such issues such as Branwell's sexuality and his sudden dismissal from his post as tutor at Thorp Green, he leaves it to the readers to decide for themselves what actually happened. His extensive knowledge of the Bronte family and their writings comes across clearly.

It's tempting to read the book quickly, but don't do that - you will miss a lot of the subtleties in the text. The more you reread this book, the better it gets - brilliant!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Compassionate, sylistically fascinating 12 May 2014
By Muriel Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm so glad to have stumbled upon Douglas Martin! Branwell was a random discovery that turned out to be a great reward. This novel is as strange and darkly exotic as the Brontes were themselves, the madness for writing, shared and overlapping among the siblings, vivid and authentic. Branwell's own suffering, his sexual confusion and isolation, is depicted with tenderness and accuracy by means of Douglas' fastinating manipulation of point of view, tense, and language, as if we are reading a stash of old letters only half-unearthed. I want to read all of Martin's books!
The brother who was painted out of his picture 15 Aug 2007
By Stella Mather - Published on Amazon.com
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BRANWELL is an historical novel which tells the story of the Bronte family from the perspective of the black sheep brother, about whom most readers only know he was painted out of the family portrait. Like Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea (about the first Mrs. Rochester in Jane Eyre), Branwell enhances any reading of the sister's novels.
is incredibly beautiful. Some books keep you at arms length watching ... 1 Nov 2014
By Christine S. - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing in this novel, and where the writing takes the reader, is incredibly beautiful. Some books keep you at arms length watching the events. But Douglas's writing is an embodiment. His writing encapsulates the soul of the character. Lyrical, gorgeous writing and its' own experience to read.
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