Who here has actually read Shirley?
I feel like out of all the Brontë novels, it’s the one you’re most likely to avoid. It’s long, it’s complicated, it’s widely regarded as Charlotte Brontë’s “sophomore slump” and it has entirely too many curates. I personally wasn’t planning on going in any closer but a guest post on my website convinced me otherwise.
Pennington argued that Shirley was in fact the Brontëest of all the Brontë novels. And although it’s chaotic, messy and is definitely the sort of book you turn in to your publisher when 3 of your siblings die in less than 9 months … it is indeed the Brontëest book you’ll ever read. Think Yorkshire. Think the oppression of women. Think strong heroines kicking serious posterior. Yes, it’s a bit of a slog in places getting up that hill but once you’re there, the views are spectacular.
Are there any other fans out there? Hoping so!
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