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Top Reviewer Ranking: 905 - Total Helpful Votes: 195 of 209
The Professor by Charlotte Brontė
The Professor by Charlotte Brontė
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing first novel, 20 July 2014
I really enjoyed this early novel by Charlotte Bronte and, perhaps strangely, it gave me a fuller appreciation of her greatness as a novelist than ever before. Bronte deals with some important issues which must have been preoccupations of hers, such as denomination and religion, class, nationality, and feminism.
The Professor, Brontės first novel, was not published until after her sadly early death. In an era when there were many restrictions placed upon women, she chooses to write in the first person as a man, imagining how it would feel to live as William Crimsworth, an aristocratic but friendless young man. He is, like Jane Eyre, an orphan and, like Lucy Snowe in Villette, he… Read more
The Dawn of a To-morrow by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Dawn of a To-morrow by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this, 18 July 2014
I absolutely loved this brief novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is about a rich man who finds no purpose or meaning in life and decides to end it all. He gets lost in the fog and finds himself in a London square inhabited by the most deprived and tragic of individuals. The lessons he learns there transform him.
This is a beautifully written story, though the constant transliteration of broad cockney dialect gets a little bit wearing at times.
The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics) by Ann Radcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Gothic romance, 13 July 2014
I have to say that, contrary to all my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed this foundational Gothic romance. Despite Ann Ward Radcliffe's irritating love of commas inserted unnecessarily again and again in the text, this is in many ways a beautifully written book. I was completely captivated early in the novel by the descriptions of alpine scenery and drawn in by the plot, more than slightly ludicrous as it is.
It is set in France and Italy during the late sixteenth century, although it was published in 1794, nearly two hundred years after the events described.
The heroine, Emily St. Aubert, is brought up in Gascony by loving parents, landed gentry whose fortunes are in decline but… Read more

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