Shirley

Shirley Shirley is Charlotte Bront e e s only historical novel and her most topical one Written at a time of social unrest it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars when economic hardship led to ri

  • Title: Shirley
  • Author: Charlotte Brontë Janet Gezari
  • ISBN: 9780199540808
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shirley is Charlotte Bront e e s only historical novel and her most topical one Written at a time of social unrest, it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, when economic hardship led to riots in the woollen district of Yorkshire A mill owner, Robert Moore, is determined to introduce new machinery despite fierce opposition from his workers he ignores their sShirley is Charlotte Bront e e s only historical novel and her most topical one Written at a time of social unrest, it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, when economic hardship led to riots in the woollen district of Yorkshire A mill owner, Robert Moore, is determined to introduce new machinery despite fierce opposition from his workers he ignores their suffering, and puts his own life at risk.Robert sees marriage to the wealthy Shirley Keeldar as the solution to his difficulties, but he loves his cousin Caroline She suffers misery and frustration, and Shirley has her own ideas about the man she will choose to marry The friendship between the two women, and the contrast between their situations, is at the heart of this compelling novel, which is suffused with Bront s deep yearning for an earlier time.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. In the fast changing industrializing England , of 1811-12, from farming to factories, ( the beauty of the green land, clear waters and blue skies, are being destroyed, rapidly, by dark, ugly pollution ) people will have to also, adapt or starve, machines are taking over, sounds familiar ? A bleak future for some, others to prosper, but a hiccup occurs Napoleon, a long ruinous, endless war, of 15 years is devastating Yorkshire's trade, embargoes by both France and her arch enemy Britain, in the n [...]

    2. but I perceive that certain sets of human beings are very apt to maintain that other sets should give up their lives to them and their service, and then they requite them by praise: they call them devoted and virtuous. Is this enough? Is it to live? Is there not a terrible hollowness, mockery, want, craving, in that existence which is given to others, for want of something of your own to bestow it on? I suspect there is. Does virtue lie in abnegation of the self? I do not believe it.This book is [...]

    3. La primera parte es muy lenta pero preciosa, la segunda frenética y maravillosa.Creo que se ha convertido en mi libro preferido de Charlotte Brontë ♥

    4. Shirley is Charlotte’s sophomore slump. Her Kill Uncle. Her You Shall Know Our Velocity. Her Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. And so on. I don’t care how cute Mr Rochester is, this novel is a deeply vexing mess. Firstly, there are several plotlines and not one has the urge to intersect. The rebelling miners plot launches the novel in tandem with the idle curates poor-versus-rich plot, then dribbles away with the introduction of the second plot: Caroline’s crush on Mr Moore. This plot is [...]

    5. As you can see from my rating, I was quite disappointed with this novel. However, it wasn't until about 2/3 into it that I realized that this book wasn't going to blow me away, and so I decided to read on till the end. I admit that I had high expectations to this novel since Jane Eyre, a masterpiece by Charlotte Brontë, is amongst my favourites classics. Yet, it is peculiar how Shirley is so different from anything else I've read by Charlotte Brontë. First of all, this novel comes with a very [...]

    6. Charlotte Bronte's Shirley is one of the most beautiful, enriching, and satisfying novels that I've read this year. A novel borne from tragedy, Charlotte published Shirley in 1849; and while writing the novel, her brother Branwell died in 1848; followed shortly thereafter by the death of her sister Emily also in 1848; and then, horrifyingly, by her remaining sister, Anne, in 1849. In fact, it is believed that the characters of her two primary female protagonists in the novel, Caroline Helstone a [...]

    7. Shirley is a not-quite-comfortable hybrid of a romance and an anti-silver fork novel, the latter as assuredly as Thackeray’s trenchantly sarcastic Vanity Fair, which is set during the same period. It is among the first of the industrial novels that demonstrate the desperation of the poor during the beginning of the industrial revolution’s inexorably swift changes. Bronte probably heard accounts from oldsters about troubles when the looms were being replaced by machines, and there was certain [...]

    8. The Jew-basket, wow! This book was my introduction to the Jew-basket, and I eagerly await its appearance in other 19th-century British novels. No, it's not a basket full of tiny Jews. Nor is it a basket in which a Jew is lowered into a medieval well to be drowned. The Jew-basket is a basket into which the gentleladies of the neighborhood contribute their knit or sewn household crafts; the basket rests in their house for a month as pin cushions, napkins, baby socks, card-racks, and penis cozies a [...]

    9. Maybe the less romantic novel by Charlotte, but her most mature work, an account of the changing times in the early XIXth century.The story follows the lives of four main characters. Miss Helstone, a young woman with no prospects, niece of a Curate in Yorkshire, her serious cousin Mr. Moore, a businessman who struggles to earn his living, Miss Shirley, a spirited heiress of a great fortune and her tutor Mr. Moore's brother, Louis. Being a Brontë's novel though, there's not one, but two romances [...]

    10. A riesgo de parecer osada, diría que tras haber leído los cuatro libros de Charlotte Brontë, "Shirley" es el que más me ha gustado (digo esto habiendo leído "Jane Eyre" hace más de diez años y teniendo pendiente una relectura de "Villette" en condiciones diferentes a cuando lo leí la primera vez), siendo el que menos "El profesor". "Shirley" es el claro ejemplo que de existen dos tipos de libros lentos: 1) los lentos en los que no ocurre nada, no te llevan a ningún sitio y son perfectos [...]

    11. Compared with other novels by Charlotte Bronte, Shirley is the toughest one for me to read. Narrated through third person POV, it is not easy to get acquainted with the novel. Another reason is because there are too many characters to remember. However, it is still a distinguished novel from the Victorian era. It might not be as enjoyable as Jane Eyre yet it is rich in characterizations and theme. The novel is set in Napoleon era, in a village where machinery just enters the society. As we often [...]

    12. This novel was mentioned in The Making of the English Working Class so I read it out of interest for the sociopolitical background (view spoiler)[ not the best cause admittedly, I've wondered wierdly through the world of books I'll admit (hide spoiler)] but didn't enjoy Bronte's treatment of it - sympathetic as she is with the factory owner, though I believe interestingly he is foreign born. Think this is set late in the Napoleonic wars so possibly a rather early industrial novel?Recently saw a [...]

    13. Meh. Meh meh meh meh. Meh. What a boring novel. Everything that made Jane Eyre such a masterpiece is completely missing from this novel. What was Charlotte thinking? I don't even think Brontë purists can find any pleasure in this novel. It's empty. It has no heart. The reason why I'm not giving this one-star is because I only give books that I hate one-star. I don't hate this novel, I'm just severely disappointed. People have told me not to get excited about The Professor either so I don't know [...]

    14. Ahh, Shirley . . . I must read this book once a year, because it affects me so profoundly when I do read it. Though the heroine of Shirley is actually named Caroline, and she isn't a swashbuckling dame or a fiery temptress or really even anything remarkable, she makes for a remarkable read and is surrounded by brilliant people and events. It's a chaotic time in England during the height of the Napoleonic Wars and timid Caroline's world is turned upside-down, but the events that really hook me ar [...]

    15. Lei, lui, l’altra e le pance vuoteImmagino che come le "vittoriane" signorine dei suoi romanzi anche CB stessa si sia dedicata alle poche attività considerate decorose per una donna: prima tra tutte, l’arte del ricamo da esibire nei salotti mentre gli uomini si sbizzarrivano nelle conversazioni; l’uso della lingua francese, poi, per dare quel tocco di eleganza e raffinatezza e, infine, l'espressione artistica che a scelta tra il canto ed il disegno. Sia in “Jane Eyre” sia in “Shirle [...]

    16. Favorite tidbit while reading this book: Shirley was largely a male name until this book's publication, at which time more baby girls were given the name. Good job, Charlotte, you changed like everything.Shirley's father wanted a boy, didn't get one, so the next best thing was for him to name his new baby chick a boy's name. Which leads me then to wonder if Shirley (as a female character's name) is sort of meant to denote she was a tomboy, kind of like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. In any case [...]

    17. I did not like Shirley.That could be my entire review. After reading a novel that was at least 200 pages too long, it probably should be. Because it is late and I am not feeling too charitable towards Charlotte Bronte I will make this brief.There were many things I disliked about Shirley (★★) but the one thing that I did like was the character of Shirley. Where Shirley was lively and engaging, the other characters were dull, overwrought and over described. I may be in the minority but I thin [...]

    18. It's not exactly a novel in the usual 19th century sense. It pretty much lacks plot, changes direction several times, loses track of characters, runs on way too long and is used as a platform for a platter-load of mini-essays. And the title character first appears on page 274. So why 5 stars? Because it may be the most beautifully written work I've read. Every word is exactly chosen, exactly placed and adds to the cumulative effect of its sentence and paragraph. This may sound too precious or co [...]

    19. This book was extremely hard to rate because I appreciated it more than I enjoyed reading it.The novel itself was extremely drawn out and dry, and despite it's important themes, it didn't have a heart. Or evena genre. I mean it has more commentary on romance than actual romance and it strays too much from the initial Luddite issues for me to really consider it a true historical. It was more like a character study of the main two women, one of which we didnt even meet until 150 or so pages in. An [...]

    20. The novel Shirley was a pleasant addition to my reading this winter. I love the British novel, but I especially love the one that is little-known to me and takes me by surprise. I must admit that after reading last year and being once again blown away (in spite of past readings) by Emily's Wuthering Heights, I had not felt emotionally ready to tackle another Bronte novel. So glad I did this time though, because it was exactly what I needed this winter. Shirley is so different from Jane Eyre, an [...]

    21. Shirley foi o segundo livro escrito por Charlotte, publicado em 1849 e mais uma vez sob o pseudónimo Currer Bell. A narrativa passa-se entre 1811 e 1812, um período negro da história do Reino Unido, marcado pelos confrontos com Napoleão e com os Estados Unidos. Robert Moore é um industrial do ramo têxtil que espera o transporte de novas máquinas para a sua fábrica que vão não só diminuir a mão-de-obra necessária, mas também aumentar os níveis de produção. Esta notícia não é d [...]

    22. Shirley, terzo romanzo dell'autrice inglese Charlotte Bronte se consideriamo che Il professore venne scritto prima ancora di Jane Eyre, è stato per me quanto di più lontano potessi immaginare: questa frase non so ancora adesso, a distanza di qualche giorno da fine lettura, se abbia più una connotazione positiva oppure negativa.Il fatto che il libro rientri nel genere "romanzo sociale" mi fa propendere verso la seconda: mi spiego meglio, per quanto ami quest'autrice non posso non essere giusta [...]

    23. Charlotte Bronte famously described Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in these words: "a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers." She later wrote this about Austen after reading Emma: "She does her business of delineating the surface of the lives of genteel English people curiously well; there is a Chinese fidelity, a miniature delicacy in the painting: she ruffles her reader by nothing vehement, disturbs him by nothing profound." Clearly, Miss Bronte [...]

    24. Wellington, Luddites, Milton, Romance, snobbery, strong women—Charlotte Brontë throws them all into this seething pot. It's a book that can't be read slowly.

    25. Charlotte Bronte reminds us—readers that Shirley is “…something unromantic as Monday morning” (chapter 1). Well I found it true because I see Shirley more as a social novel than a romance. The social background depicts the Napoleonic War and the industrial depression caused by it. This is where I found hard to get to the core of the book because I do not have a wide knowledge about that historical-social background. Another thing that is hard for me to get through is that this book seems [...]

    26. Coming from an obssessive Brontë devotee who has read all of their works, this was the one that I read last. I tried, several times, to read it, but my interest always wained. Having said that, I am thrilled to have finally finished it and was really impressed with Charlottte's attempt at writing in the third person omniscienther only attept with regard to her novels, though the technique was prevelant in her juvenilia. "Shirley" is set during the Napoleonic war as England is struggling with th [...]

    27. İngiliz Edebiyatı kadın yazarlarına hayranım. Nitekim C.Bronte benim en sevdiklerimden. Romantik bir roman beklemeyin demiş kendisi ama hele sonlara doğru içim sıcacık oldu. Ama kayalar kadar sert ve puruzlu bir kitap bu kitap. Bir yanda servet sahibi uzlaşılmaz Shirley Keeldar, diğer yanda narin ve guzel Caroline Helstone. Bir yanda fabrika sahibi karizmatik Robert Moore, diğer yanda onun hassas öğretmen kardeşi Louis Moore. Başkaldıran işçiler, eski anılar, İngiltere'nin [...]

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