The Taste of Sorrow eBook –

The Taste of Sorrow eBook –

Charlotte Emily Anne The Bront Sisters The Drama, The Passion, And A Story That Lives For EverOnce Upon A Time There Were Three Sisters, Bound By Love And Suffering, Growing Up In Wild Isolation In A Lonely House On The Moor Their Story Will Astonish You Their Passionate, Dangerous Closeness Their Struggle Against The World Their Determination To Rise Above The Fates Of Their Parents And Their Other Lost Sisters, To Become Than The World Ever Thought They Could Be You Don T Know Their Story, But You Think They Do They Were The Bront S

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  1. says:

    This is the real life story of the BrontesThis isn t some romanticised version of them this isn t some fanciful reworking of the backdrop of Wuthering Heights in which the sisters wondered around the moors all day looking forlorn this isn t some cultural regurgitation of this overworked schema that has infested our ideas about the sisters this is an actualised version of the reality of their lives, and it s rather excellent The Taste of Sorrow presents the true, unadulterated, life of the Bronte family It wasn t a very nice childhood for the girls It was full of sickness, death and depravity What struck me most strongly when reading this, and various academic biographies and theory books I ve studied over the last year, is how much the personal experience of the young Charlotte affected her later writing In Jane Eyre the character of Helen Burns was inspired by her the oldest Bronte sister who died at a similar institute Similarly, the deplorable Brocklehurst derived from an actual strict school master In a sense, a part of Charlotte s novels are semi autobiographical Perhaps that s why she utilises the first person so effectively I m digressing here But, what I mean to say is that the research carried out shines through this historically rich narrative Whist it is a work of fiction, it is very strongly based upon facts The Bronte s produced such iconic pieces of literature their legacy speaks for itself, and this is a unique look at the women behind the works it is a suggestion how they could have felt when writing and undergoing personal turmoil It is truly surprising that all these works came out one family It is unusual and brilliant Emily s world fascinates and disturbs in it you can touch thick Yorkshire speech, and moorland rain slants across your mind with a smell of mossy limestone and yet you are not at home, you might almost be in Gondal or Angria except the towers and the dungeons are of the spirit, the dungeons especially and sometimes when Emily reads out in her low, almost guttural voice Charlotte wants to run but can t think why or where she would run to Personally, Charlotte is my favourite Bronte I think she had the most talent And the Charlotte depicted here is a strong one She outlived all of her siblings, and still carried on with her life it didn t prevent her from writing she transferred her feeling into her writing Emily was a little bit of an outcast, and naturally, in this novel she is a recluse Anne was the one who existed most in reality, and actually tried to improve her family before her death rather than lock herself away Anne s is a world very like this one, and you can move about in it with familiarity but not freedom it is a place of rigorous consequence, where the weak have to give way to the strong, where her governess heroine Agnes must walk as best she can in the cold shade of money and masculinity Despite their contrasting personalities each Bronte sister found that they were looked down upon in the role of a governess After the failures they each had in teaching they began writing And I couldn t be thankful enough that their teaching careers were terrible Can you imagine what the literary world would have missed out on We never truly would have understood the role of the governess So this is a rather good historical novel I thought I d also take a moment to mention the writing style itself It is very evocative, effective, and laden with colons As some of you may have noticed, I rather like colons and semi colons I find them most expressive So when I see them used so wonderfully in a modern novel, I have to mention it They re simply not used enough in writing today I really do recommend this book to Bronte fans, whether Charlotte, Emily or Anne is your favourite, I think you might enjoy this too.

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    ten a que aprender de nuevo a escribir Hasta entonces, hab a sido una actividad compartida la luz de la l mpara, las lecturas en voz alta, los paseos alrededor de la mesa Nosotras tres Ahora era una batalla con dos frentes el arte y la soledad A veces, cuando se sentaba a trabajar despu s de que su padre se retirase a dormir, dejaba la pluma suspendida en el aire y escuchaba El silencio del comedor estaba tan pre ado de presencias, que reclamaba tu atenci n y te hac a pensar que de ah ten a que salir algo Se dir a que el aire hab a retenido sus aromas y sus voces las sombras de la pared pr cticamente se concretaban en la delgadez de Emily, el esbelto perfil de Anne Una especie de alegr a enfermiza la paralizaba y quedaba a la espera, sabiendo que de aquel embarazo nacer a un ni o muerto, la confirmaci n de la desolaci n el silencio que nunca cesa Jude Morgan o la maestr a al combinar ficci n y realidad Empec El sabor de las penas reticente, casi convencida de que poco podr a aportar a mi universo Bront particular, yvaya si estaba equivocada Volver al presbiterio de Haworth y a sus p ramos desolados a las concurridas calles de Londres y Bruselas de la mano del se or Morgan, ha resultado una experiencia maravillosa He le do El sabor de las penas con el coraz n en un pu o, conmovida hasta las ltimas p ginas Pienso en esa ltima escena de Charlotte frente al mar y no puedo evitar emocionarme Hay mucha verdad en la reconstrucci n de Jude Morgan si hab is le do biograf as y estudios de la familia Bront , sabr is reconocer muchos acontecimientos, detalles y an cdotas la ca da de Tabby, el incidente de Emily con el perro rabioso, las tarjetas de San Valent n del se or Weightman, Anne y la bah a de Scarborough, el terrible verano de Charlotte en Bruselas y, por supuesto, una parte importante de ficci n Pero sta reconstrucci n est tan lograda, que apenas puedes creer que no sea real He adorado el retrato que hace de las personalidades de Charlotte, Emily y Anne Los pensamientos de Charlotte y su incansable lucha por afirmarse por dejar su huella en el mundo, sin traicionarse a s misma El esp ritu indomable de Emily, refugi ndose en las profundidades de la imaginaci n y en la naturaleza inh spita de los p ramos Y, como no, la entereza de Anne su dulce entrega por el bien de los suyos y su fuerza inquebrantable Ador como queda retratada la relaci n entre hermanas, con sus altos y sus bajos y, por encima de todo, ser testigo del glorioso proceso de verlas convertirse en escritoras Un libro precioso.

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    In this novel Mr.Morgan does it again, he achieves sublime precision to what the Bront sisters lives might have been, mastering the art of combining fiction with reality The result this achingly real tale of sorrow.Although not a biographical work, it s incredibly easy to believe his version of the facts Fiction Maybe I think some events described must have been invented, but still, Morgan shows his deep understanding of the time, the place and the people which crossed the path of these three unconventional sisters, making the story astonishingly believable.The book begins with the death of Maria Branwell, mother of the Bront children, who leaves her severe husband, Patrick Bront , with 5 girls and an only boy to rise At first, the story focuses on the surroundings of the famous girls Charlotte, Emily and Anne, especially in their horrible experience in Cowan Bridge boarding school, where their elder sisters get mortally sick After they leave the school for good, we observe little by little the way their strikingly different characters start to develop, even when their paths are separated by their own experiences working as governesses or teachers.It s through effort and patience that the sisters manage adulthood, always sacrificing their only passion, writing, for the greater good which is always in advantage of their brother, Branwell A man who lives embittered by envy and a coward to face his flaws, he drags all his family down with him.What I most enjoyed about this book is the possibility it brings to understand what kind of lives lead the Bront sisters to become what they were and to write the way they did Charlotte, the eldest sister, always carrying her responsibility, serious, sharp minded, afraid of showing her thoughts, but daring when she needs to I was proud of her when she confronts her father about her need to write, although she is dismissed like a kid.Emily, unearthly, almost inhuman She needs nothing, she lives through her imaginary worlds, although she understands everything that goes around her and she is the one to give the good advice without expecting gratitude back She doesn t have expectations, she only needs the moors and quietness to write to feel complete.Anne, dear, sweet Anne The little sister, the one left aside, but the one who bears the burdens, the one who sacrifices without complain, the one who makes them a whole being, who keeps them together.Oh, and the bliss of reading about their creative process, how they come up with the poems with the pseudonym masculine names, how Charlotte finds in her real experiences the Jane Eyre she has been nurturing all along inside her, how she gets inspiration in her apparent dull life Their father, their brother, the curateseverybody is captured in essence in some of their books.I was awkwardly moved until the last page, sublime description of the last years of the sisters, magnificent description of Charlotte s feelings A lesson to be learnt.Having visited Haworth Parsonage a year ago, and after reading this book, I feel as if the Bront sisters have become alive, I believe I get the picture, and I understand it These poor and smart sisters, pitiful and unsocial creatures who seemed to have been born only to suffer, they made their dreams come true, they left their footprint in English Literature.I only wish they could know what their books have become to lots of us, like me, so that their short lives wouldn t seem wasted.I have to thank Mr Morgan for this new feeling, the urge to talk to the authors, Charlotte, Emiliy and Anne, not to the characters, Jane, Cathy or Mrs Graham.This is his achievement after all.Will be reading anything written by him

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    Some time ago, I read The King s Touch by Jude Morgan about James, Duke of Monmouth and loved it, so I m surprised it took me so long to read Morgan s latest novel, The Taste of Sorrow The Taste of Sorrow tells a familiar story, that of the Bronte sisters childhood, rise to fame, and premature deaths, but Morgan manages to make this oft told story seem fresh He doesn t do this by telling his story through an unusual perspective or by adding sensational elements rather, he accomplishes his task through exquisite writing, a dry wit, and rich characterizations Though all of the Bronte siblings emerge with distinct personalities, I especially liked the character of Anne, who s given the honor of uttering one of the funniest lines of the book following a particularly spectacular spree by the sisters wastrel brother, Branwell Morgan also does a fine job with Patrick Bronte and with the Hegers.I would have liked it if the novel had devoted a little time to Charlotte s life after the deaths of her siblings, instead of a single chapter, but that s not so much a criticism as just a wish that this book could have gone on a little longer As one who enjoys author s notes, I wish Morgan had added one, or at least indicated which sources he found most useful, though it s clear that he s researched the lives of the Brontes and their circle thoroughly.Familiarity with the Brontes novels will add to one s enjoyment of Morgan s novel, but it s not a prerequisite, so don t let a lack of such familiarity keep you from reading The Taste of Sorrow It s one of the best historical novels I ve read, this year or any other year.

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    Cuando la editorial Alianza anunci la reedici n de las tres novelas m s conocidas de las hermanas Bront vi que inclu an un libro que hac a referencia a ellas El sabor de las penas, una novela acerca de sus vidas, una novela, no una biograf a As y todo, me interesaba, igual que me interesa todo lo que tenga que ver con ellas y era un libro del que no hab a tenido noticia hasta ahora No es de extra ar que quisiera leerlo y no voy a negar que estaba un pel n plet rica despu s de leer la joya de Jane Austen en la intimidad Sab a que no ser a igual, pero esperaba que me gustase, de todos modos.Esta novela de Jude Morgan es arriesgada, se arriesg al publicarla, ya no dir al escribirla, porque ya sab is que las Bront tienen muchos fans y novelar su vida requiere decantase por una versi n de esta, darles personalidad y seguramente mucho de lo que pongas sea tu visi n y no la de todas las dem s personas que las admiran Igualmente entras en el mundo de la ficci n e imagino que Morgan tuvo que inventar, lo cual muchos fans tampoco suelen tomarse bien Con todo esto, lo que quiero decir es que es bueno acercarse a estos libros como algo curioso, como algo m s sobre las autoras que tanto inspiran y ya est Es una novela, no una biograf a que espera ser recta y fiable Por eso creo que hay que ir con esa idea en la cabeza y si sois muy sensibles respecto a este tema, dir a que ser a dif cil que pudieseis disfrutar de este tipo de trabajos.Mi primera impresi n cuando empec a leer fue de confusi n Jude Morgan emplea aqu un estilo que no es tan directo como me gusta a m , est en presente, cambia a veces la persona verbal y las elipsis no est n muy marcadas A veces empiezo un nuevo p rrafo y me cuesta un tiempo darme cuenta de que han pasado a os Para m , no es el mejor estilo que habr a podido emplear.Y luego me sorprendi el tono, que tampoco era el que esperaba Siempre se ha hablado de la vida de Charlotte, Emily y Anne como una sucesi n de desgracias, y es verdad que tuvieron m s que muchas otras personas en toda su vida, pero, aunque todos sabemos lo que es pasar por malos momentos, me cuesta creer que nunca tuviesen un momento de alegr a y felicidad en sus vidas El tono de la historia es bastante l gubre y se apoya en esa visi n oscura de la vida de las tres hermanas, por lo que todo es sufrimiento casi Triste, oscuro, fr o Y eso no nos deja con un regusto amargo cada vez que dejamos de leer, que no es lo que yo suelo buscar en mis lecturas.No voy a decir que no me haya gustado la novela, porque s la he disfrutado, puede que no tanto como cre a al principio que har a, pero aun as es un buen repaso de la vida de las hermanas, en especial de la de Charlotte, lo cual tiene sentido porque es de la que m s datos se conocen y se conservan, es la que vivi m s y estuvo m s expuesta al p blico durante su trayectoria como escritora de xito Tambi n he conocido detalles sobre sus vidas que desconoc a porque si os mov is un poco por el mundo de sus biograf as, cada una dice cosas diferentes y tambi n se especula mucho He llegado a leer que Emily y Branwell ten an una relaci n incestuosa, que Branwell en realidad era homosexual y no hab a cometido adulterio con la mujer de su jefe, sino con su jefe en realidad, etc De todas maneras, es una buena manera de conocer sus vidas y la parte que m s me ha gustado es la que se refiere a la emoci n que viven al escribir, al publicar, al conocer las opiniones de sus escritos Se hacen famosas y no se lo creen, han publicado con pseud nimos y su vida sigue en Haworth sin ser nada especial, pero media Inglaterra se pregunta quienes son los hermanos Bell.Para darles personalidad a las autoras la novela se sostiene en lo que se ha contado Que Anne era la peque a y la m s cuidada y que ten a una fuerte influencia de su t a Branwell que Emily era solitaria, mis ntropa y con un car cter dif cil, muy dif cil que Branwell era un fracaso que el se or Bront era un tanto r gido y que Charlotte era insegura con su aspecto, peque a pero valiente y que las tres hermanas pr cticamente nunca fueron muy felices Esto es lo que nos puede llegar a d a de hoy, pero eran as realmente Eso nunca lo sabremos, no podremos conocerlas y a m no me gusta creer a pie juntillas lo que digan sus bi grafos, tampoco me gusta pensar que fuesen siempre tan infelices pero eso ya es cosa m a.La novela ofrece una versi n y aunque s que inventa, por decirlo de alguna manera, est muy asentada en los datos biogr ficos que se conservan de ellas, tanto por la biograf a que hizo la escritora Elizabeth Gaskell, contempor nea de las Bront y amiga de Charlotte, como en las posteriores.He disfrutado conocer todo esto poco a poco, adentrarme en la vida de la rector a, pero como digo, el tono tan l gubre hace que me cueste un poco conseguirlo Y luego hay un aspecto que s que no me ha gustado nada de nada Hay un tratamiento del sexo que me parece horrible, aunque puede que yo no haya entendido bien lo que la autora quer a expresar Todas las mujeres en la novela, empezando por la madre, la se ora Bront , ven el sexo como algo m s bien desagradable Algo que les gusta a los hombres y no pueden entender por qu Los hombres tambi n muestran una imagen perturbadora del tema, al principio el se or Bront , pero tambi n el director de Cowan Bridge tiene un tono similar Tambi n est lo que cuenta una ni a del mismo colegio y la desinformaci n con la que viven las hermanas En toda la novela, puede que menos hacia el final, el sexo se ha visto como algo malo, negativo, algo que deben soportar y que toma un tono bastante perturbador en los personajes masculinos Que se sexualizase tanto algunos aspectos y con este cariz a lo largo de toda la novela no me ha gustado mucho, creo que sobra La edici n forma parte de la colecci n que Alianza ha sacado de estas reediciones de las tres obras mas conocidas de las hermanas, aunque he visto que La inquilina de Wildfell Hall empieza a ser ahora con m s fuerza la obra de referencia de Anne Bront y por lo que me han contado es mucho mejor que Agnes Gray Yo solo he le do la de la Inquilina y me fascin , a ver si pronto leo su primera novela y puedo comparar yo misma.Aun as , es una colecci n muy bonita y pr ctica, en tapa dura y tienen dise os relacionados El sabor de las penas, como las dem s, tiene una sobrecubierta y un interior sencillo, me hubiera gustado que adem s de la historia en s incluyese una introducci n o alguna nota de la autora.En conclusi n, puedo decir que ha sido una experiencia interesante A medida que avanza en la lectura me he ido acostumbrado al estilo, un tanto peculiar, y creo que hace un buen trabajo asent ndose en lo que se transmite de las Bront en las biograf as que hay publicadas No se va por teor as, sino que sigue la historia oficial y en base a esos datos recrea la personalidad de las tres hermanas escritoras y la de su padre.Como he dicho al principio, no tengo problema con este tipo de lecturas porque soy capaz de ir con la mente abierta, pero s que hay personas a las que les cuesta o que son muy sensibles a este tipo de proyectos Es una lectura interesante, sobre todo si sois fans de las autoras y puesto que su vida fue tan fascinante, es l gico que la mayor a de sus lectoras queramos saber m s como era, por eso las novelas que surgen son una forma de aliviar esa curiosidad Hay que tener siempre presente eso, que son novelas y que no hay manera de saber lo cerca o lo lejos que est n de lo que fue la realidad de sus vidas, pero son lecturas curiosas, interesantes y yo disfruto de este tipo de lecturas Si os llama la atenci n, os animo desde aqu a darle una oportunidad.

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    Although much is known about the Bronte sisters and their shared passion for writing it s difficult to make it through high school without reading one or both of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights Morgan s exploration of the Bronte family, their struggles, and the early losses that shaped their writing is so fresh it makes you want to read their work all over again The author effortlessly draws you into the Bronte s world, their lonely isolation, the constant struggle for money, and the profound closeness of the family relationships.The insular nature of the Bronte s life meant that they were largely cut off from any kind of society Writing was a means of both escape and entertainment They wrote constantly, sharing their work with one another and eventually drawing on one another s support to embark on the daring path towards publication, something almost unheard of at the time Morgan s depiction of the challenges faced by the sisters in their attempts to pursue their writing dream is a moving testament to the almost inhuman status afforded to women at this time After accepting a job as a governess Charlotte feels her existence pared to the merest sliver An apple peel or rind, bound for the pig bin The most memorable aspect of this book for me was the vivid character descriptions of the three sisters how their different desires and sensibilities shaped their poems and stories Emily, the recognized genius in the family, couldn t bear the thought of leaving home, while Charlotte hungered for a larger life where she might experience recognition for her work, and perhaps even romantic love Despite their differences the sisters were devoted to one another The family bond was the most important aspect of all of their lives.I don t think you need to be a fan of the Bronte sisters novels to enjoy this book It transcends the limitations of literary history by providing a fascinating exploration of the artist s life and the inspiration that drives her to create On another level, this book is an engrossing story about an exceptionally talented family bound together by hardship and a passion for words.

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    Charlotte and Emily originally published as The Taste Sorrow was a brilliant and beautiful novel I am on such a Bront high after finishing it The novel opens with the death of the mother Maria Bront in 1821 and ends with Charlotte s marriage to Arthur Nicholls in 1854 I m thankful that the book ended before her death because, frankly, I had had enough of death at that point I m not going to go into detail about the lives of the Bront s A simple Google search can fill you in there, so I won t bore you The writing was just beautiful and I felt that Morgan totally got it From what I ve gathered, the personalities of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne were written spot on I felt the sadness and the loneliness the heartbreak and the disappointment and finally, success I loved the scenes of the three sisters sitting around the table at night writing their novels It was almost as though I was there with them, holding my breath, afraid of disturbing them As an avid fan of all things Bront , I was not disappointed in this novel at all It completely passed my expectations, above and beyond I feel as though I know them intimately now The only thing I was disappointed with was the title I hate how it was changed for the American edition, because the story was than just Charlotte and Emily The title The Taste of Sorrow is much suitable This is definitely a keeper.

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    Historical fiction about the Brontes Charlotte, Anne, Emily and Branwell I struggled with this book A lot The beginning was engaging and the end was simply on fire But the middle seemed weighted down with a lot of detail about the girls times as governesses and teachers and understand quite quickly that was not what they wanted to do I m not going to tell any author how to write their book, but that section was heavy and took forever to wade through I get the point Jane Eyre is Charlotte, but I didn t need 200 pages of it The writing was gorgeous I wish that had been enough to keep the midsection, well, interesting The last 70 pages of the book is the chunk that we all want to know about the writers creating their famous books, what inspired them how they worked together How they revealed themselves after writing under pseudonyms This was the nut of the book, and I wish it had been longer For the start and the end, I gave four stars because they were both that good but if you skim in the middle, you re not at a loss for it.

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    This is my second historical fiction novel by Jude Morgan, and I am officially a fan The Brontes provide amazing fodder for any author, but Morgan is skilled enough to bring them to complex, breathing life Wuthering Heights is one of my very favorite books, and Emily and all the Brontes fascinates me When I was twenty and studying abroad in England, I made a pilgrimage of sorts that involved two trains and three busses, the last of which was a rickety local on which my only companions were a handful of friendly Yorkshire farmers wives to Haworth and the Bronte Museum It was one of my favorite experiences in England, and I spent hours walking alone on the windswept moors I could vividly imagine how such a setting produced a brilliant, creative, lonely introvert like Emily Morgan captures her and her siblings beautifully, and they are all just as I envision them From their reclusive, fascinating childhood the four siblings withdrew from a world of loss and tragedy to create an entire fictional world populated by exotic characters loosely inspired by the brother s toy figurines to their attempt to navigate the real world so much less real to them, their development as writers, and tragic early deaths I would recommend this book not only to Bronte fans but to any lovers of Historical Fiction or any introvert familiar with the vivid, internal world of the mind, and its siren call away from the pale rigidity of daily life.

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    Jude Morgan is an intensely expressive writer, the Bront s are underserved by fiction, and yet I never really believed this novel was about them Morgan s writing style is too purple prosey for the stark Bront s, and he seemed to flit from one character to another just as, I felt, we were on the edge of real revelation The best portrayal is that of Emily, blunt and disengaged she is genuinely funny as a creation, but Morgan never gets behind her oddness, which surely should be the point of a biofic Branwell is a caricature, there is no deep portrayal of the Yorkshire setting despite all the pretty metaphors, and there is an almost willful ignoring of the Bront s reading life, so vitally important to any writer It s nice enough historical fiction, but doesn t get under the skin of his subjects the way Colm Toibin managed in The Master, for instance If you want to know about the Bront s, skip this and read their novels, poetry and Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea.