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Shirley (Penguin Popular Classics) - Community Reviews back

by Charlotte Brontë
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Adriana Reads
Adriana Reads rated it 4 years ago
How is it that I never read this book before now? It's magnificent! It's everything I love about Jane Eyre, but with so much more to satisfy my more mature literary palate.It has Charlotte's beautiful, lyric language, serious discussions about religion and spirituality, not just one but two heroin...
JulieM
JulieM rated it 6 years ago
Unfortunately, this is no Jane Eyre. But if you want to spend 25 hours listening to a marriage plot where the heroines waste away because of unrequited love, then this might be the book for you. I was disappointed at the sexism in this book. Jane Eyre is such a great heroine and one of the things...
Gypsy Reviews
Gypsy Reviews rated it 6 years ago
Originally posted at Gypsy Reviews.Shirley is undoubtedly a very unique novel, unlike Brontë’s other novels, it focuses more on social and political issues rather than the story. I do not claim to be an expert on these matters at all because I have little knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars and therefo...
Bibliophile
Bibliophile rated it 6 years ago
Just finished 'Shirley' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually preferred the story of Caroline more than Shirley, but loved Shirley's character just the same. It's not often in literature that you see a female character who is so steadfast in her beliefs and stands up for what is right and is chari...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 6 years ago
Un gentil visage n'est jamais aussi doux que lorsque le cœur ému s'éclaire d'une tendresse compatissante.
My Journey in Writing
My Journey in Writing rated it 6 years ago
I found Shirley to be an odd book, mainly because Shirley isn't even introduced for quite a few chapters. While it was still enjoyable, I could almost sense Charlotte's struggles as she tried to change her writing to please the critics who hadn't enjoyed Jane Eyre. It was also likely that her emotio...
So.... Nicky?
So.... Nicky? rated it 6 years ago
In SHIRLEY, Charlotte Bronte sets her story among mills, their owners, and workers and strikers, in 1811-1812. I started it to learn about the history and thinking of that time, to use as reference for my new story, but ended up caught up in the story and the original yet universal characters. At 60...
tricours
tricours rated it 7 years ago
A bit on the dull side - even for a classic. And what's up with the dialogue? Still, sweet enough to be a nice read.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 8 years ago
Stars Moir Leslie. Have a listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007wvzp/Shirley_Hollows_Mill/Enough already - cannot envisage myself ploughing through another 1 hour per day for the next working week. I have the gist and maybe I'll come back to it another time.
carey
carey rated it 8 years ago
Despite its obvious flaws as a book - Bronte's unequivocal acceptance that technological progress is always a positive good and, despite her compassion for the unemployed, her concern that the lower classes are getting "above" themselves, as well as the rather boring initial parts - this is a grea...
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