Emma Brown

Emma Brown Een dertienjarig meisje met geheugenverlies wordt in het negentiende eeuwse Engeland in huis genomen door een weduwe die een zoektocht naar haar familie begint De eerste twee hoofdstukken zijn geschre

  • Title: Emma Brown
  • Author: Clare Boylan Frans van Delft
  • ISBN: 9789063051013
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • Een dertienjarig meisje met geheugenverlies wordt in het negentiende eeuwse Engeland in huis genomen door een weduwe die een zoektocht naar haar familie begint De eerste twee hoofdstukken zijn geschreven door Charlotte Bront vlak voor haar dood in 1855.

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    1. Not many people know that this novel was actually started by Charlotte Bronte and left unfinished with her death. Clare Boylan picked up this thread and finished the novel with remarkable results. It's virtually seamless and worthy of Charlotte Bronte's beginning. I think Charlotte would have approved. I bought a hardcover copy and proudly added it to my bookshelves. 4.5 stars

    2. Emma Brown is a modern-day continuation of a novel left unfinished by Charlotte Bronte at the time of her death. It's a quick read, and one which definitely encompasses all the kinds of twists and turns of astonishing coincidence that marks a truly Gothic, Brontean novel. However, the tone is much too modern, with turns of thought and phrase that struck me as anachronistic; for Boylan to have updated the novel in that respect made me wish that she had equally made the plot more suited to modern [...]

    3. I like the (sweetly morbid) germination of this novel -- i.e Charlotte Bronte jots a 2-chapter snippet about a girl without memory of her past, then dies before completing ity to have the novel finished 150+ years later by a different author who has no idea what CB planned, so she creates it from scratch. Which ultimately begs a question. Is Emma/Matilda's story anything resembling what CB had in mind for her woebegone little gal? The world will never know, & I like that uncertainty. In any [...]

    4. If ever there was a underrated novel, this is it. After reading it, I wonder why this novel didn´t received the attention and the praise of other equally goods novels as "Fingersmith". Clare Boylan took the daunting task of building a novel around first two chapters written by Charlotte Bronte and what she managed to do is triumphant. Not only she stays true to the Bronte tone but she also put in her writing (full and rich) a dash of Dickens and Wilkie Collins. The result is a mystery novel tha [...]

    5. Having been a great fan of the Brontes, I obviously had to read this book. You can easily tell where Bronte's work is done and Boylan's takes up, the style is completely different, but not altogether bad. Boylan weaves an interesting story in the style of Charlotte Bronte, so she deserves some credit.

    6. Why oh why did I wait ten years to read this book? for that is how long it has patiently waited on my shelf. Emma Brown is definitely my book of 2014, and im keen to see more of this author too.The story begins with Charlotte Bronte's working manuscript and introduces the main characters, and what characters they are! Clare Boylan has then shaped the plot with a great mystery and of course, a love story (or two!). Apparently some critics said the setting in a school was repetitious. but the scho [...]

    7. I didn't even finish this book. it was so dark, and in some ways seemed to have a preachy anachronistic tone. after I gave up on reading through the whole book I skimmed through it, and it seemed to only develop that tone more as the book went on. I have no idea what Charlotte Bronte's original would have been like, had she finished it, but I doubt it would have read like this book. I was disappointed. I hate when modern people meddle with classics and come up with messes like this.

    8. In the months prior to Charlotte Brontë's marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls, Charlotte began to pen a story, familiar in theme, about a small, plain girl in a school. Charlotte only completed two chapters of this manuscript and gave it the working title of Emma (similar to Jane Austen's 1815 novel!) If not for her death in March of 1855, Charlotte most likely would have completed Emma and would have introduced yet another remarkable work of literature to the world.Clare Boylan, who interestingly [...]

    9. A beautiful composition of melancholy and love. Shows the reader-through the eyes of a homeless child-the darker and the uglier side of London, where dwells nothing but the misery and sickness and helplessness of the hapless beings. Through the eyes of an ill-fated lover, shows the reader a not so happily-ever-after ending A grandeur tale of love where lovers depart for the better and the worse! Not all lovers are doomed but then not all are fortunate. Jaded, these lives walk further into the fu [...]

    10. When Charlotte Brontë died, she left 20 pages of a novel behind. Clare Boylan decided to finish it. A little girl is enrolled in a private girls' academy. She is shy and reclusive, but the headmistresses make much of her because it's obvious that her benefactor has money. Trouble arises when her benefactor can't be found and the girl can't--or won't--tell anyone anything about herself.I have to say that this novel stayed true to the whole Gothic, melodramatic feel that I associate with the Bron [...]

    11. Jane Eyre fans, I've found a little treasure! This book is a continuation of a 20-page manuscript (Emma) written by Charlotte Brontë and completed by Clare Boylan, an Irish author. I didn't even realize she had left unfinished works! I really, really enjoyed this one. It reminds me a bit of a Dickens novel, in that it exposes social injustices in Victorian England, and it is fairly true to Brontë's voice. You can tell where the manuscript ends and Boylan's novel begins, but I have to give her [...]

    12. Not a bad read. I found it interesting because it came from an unfinished manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte. Clare Boylan weaved in her own imagination and finished it. The story is pretty solid, though it sometimes stretched a little, following a few characters through their trials and connecting them to each other. I enjoyed it but it wasn't great (as I'm sure it would've been if Bronte had finished it). Still, it was a nice story and I read through it fairly quickly.

    13. Charlotte Bronte she is not. Maybe because I read this while reading an Outlander series book, I was over details and slow moving story lines.

    14. My expectations were low, given the heavy task of following in Bronte's footsteps. But, I was enthralled, surprised, thoroughly entertained in this engrossing tale that begins with two chapters of unfinished manuscript by Charlotte Bronte and completed by Boylan. Part of what I loved about this novel was the myriad of directions Boylan could have taken the story. Instead of one tale, she gives us several fascinating characters, their histories, and their journeys toward redemption. These charact [...]

    15. I started this book with trepidation. Often, works based off of unfinished manuscripts are horrible. The worst of the genre being those that just recycle characters and plot points from other works by the same author.Thus, I was pleasantly surprised by how Boylan took 20 pages of a manuscript from Charlotte Bronte and wrote a story that was all her own and highly entertaining in its own right. The first chapter from Boylan was a bit of an abrupt transition. As the story gained in momentum though [...]

    16. I read this a couple of weeks ago. I really liked it. Clare Boyland completed a small portion of a novel (two chapters) written by Charlotte Bronte. A girl is left at a girl's school in a small town. She is reputed to be an heiress and is homely and quiet. Soon it is discovered that she is no heiress because the man who left her left false information and wasn't who he said he was. Two local people a widow Isa Chalfont and Mr. Ellin try to help to discover who she is and where she belongs. This [...]

    17. Jane Eyre is a damn good book, and a long time favorite, so when I saw Charlotte Bronte’s name on the cover and “unfinished manuscript” I absolutely owed it to myself to check it out. I mean, it couldn’t be any more dull than Villette, right?Ha. Haha haaaaaaa.Emma Brown is convoluted, contrived, and despite the desperately forced twists, dull. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Jane Eyre had some plot elements that were rather skeptical, and like most Victorian books had more than a [...]

    18. I feel enriched after reading this book, partly because the language was so rich and full, but mainly because the experiences and developing courses of the characters were so profound. The first two chapters of Emma Brown were drafted by Charlotte Bronte but, upon her death, were left as an introduction to a story waiting to be told. Contemporary writer Clare Boylan took on the challenge of telling Emma's story, and though I'm far from being a true judge of Bronte's style, I thought Boylan model [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Boylan took the unfinished manuscript of Charlotte Bronte (2 chapters). The author does a nice job of melding her prose and ideas with Charlotte's. What results is a satisfying Victorian mystery. The story revolves around Emma Brown. She is a young girl between 12 to 14 years of age who appears well dressed with a good pedigree at the steps of a Young Ladies School. Her escort, a nicely dressed gentleman, drops her off with instructions to take great care of her. [...]

    20. Emma Brown – Clare BoylanWhat a fun read! Based on unfinished writing by Charlotte Bronte, this is a wonderful example of neo-Victorianism. It has the sweeping narrative, including the unlikely plot twists that are all too often necessary in tying things up neatly as Victorians were wont to do. Yet, despite the implausibility, the realism ‘works’ in the sense that you believe the characters and their motivations and most importantly, the motivations are explored in ways that make the emoti [...]

    21. I loved this book! Emma Brown tells the story of an orphaned girl with no memory of her past except for a few very unsavory details she was told before 'being sold as a farm animal.' She is brought to a school for girls under a false name and made to look like she came from wealth. When the school master finds out that she is a sham the girl is put into the care of a local widow who actually is the woman telling the story. What I enjoyed about this book was that it interwove three of the main ch [...]

    22. The first two chapters of Emma Brown were written by Charlotte Bronte before she died; Clare Boylan took that beginning and finished the book. I would probably rate it closer to 3.5 stars. It had an interesting plot about a young lady who doesn't really know where she came from, whether she was rich or poor, etc and others either try to help her and try to discover her family background or are out to do her harm. The historical details were good, and Ms. Boylan did a good job trying to stay clos [...]

    23. I think I had unfairly high expectations for this book, since it was based on an unfinished Charlotte Brontë manuscript. The story is told from three different people's perspective; first-person narrative of Isabella Chalfont and third-person from Mr. Ellin and "Matilda Fitzgibbon". The segments in Isabella's point of view are, by far, the more easily read. In fact, the beginning of the book drags along until that point, almost to the pint where I was ready to give up on the book, but then Isab [...]

    24. This book would have a different author if Charlotte Bronte had the opportunity to finish it. She had a twenty page manuscript written, which is the starting place for Emma Brown, when she passed away. Clair Boylan used those first pages as her first two chapters and took it from there. I do have to admit, while the Bronte style is mimicked, it wasn't a classic read. The commentary on the times wasn't just spoken of from a warm house (as classic heroins tend to do) but lived on the dark and some [...]

    25. Emma is a lost soul at the age of 13. She can't remember her past and ends up on the doorstep of a girls school, brought there by a man she doesn't know. Is she rich? Is she poor? Is she, at the age of 13, a "ruined" soul? The author started with two chapters by Charlotte Bronte and lets her imagination fly - a Victorian mystery which does keep you guessing until the end. The author does her best to keep the "feel" of a Bronte novel. It is one of those books where everything that can wrong for t [...]

    26. What I love about classic writing is the interweaving of stories told. In the popular books of today they story is often straight forward, kind of like our movies with little mystery and a variety of well-developed characters. While the beginning is the only part which is "old and classic" the author does a nice job of keeping the complexity of characters and the lives they lead. It reminds me of actual literature I studied in college and throughout my life with a grandmother who was a librarian [...]

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