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Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë are included in this new addition to the Library of Literary Classics.


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Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë are included in this new addition to the Library of Literary Classics.

30 review for Charlotte and Emily Brontë: The Complete Novels

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I stuck to Wuthering Heights this time. I was due for a re-read of it, and I recalled absolutely loving it as a teen, reading it over and over. Such deep tragedy - and perhaps now that I've experienced so much of my own at this point, I found that it was more disturbing this time around than romantic, more sad than melancholy, more tragic than anything else. I think when I was younger, death was more of a concept than a reality, so the idea of the eternal after-death love of Catherine and Heathc I stuck to Wuthering Heights this time. I was due for a re-read of it, and I recalled absolutely loving it as a teen, reading it over and over. Such deep tragedy - and perhaps now that I've experienced so much of my own at this point, I found that it was more disturbing this time around than romantic, more sad than melancholy, more tragic than anything else. I think when I was younger, death was more of a concept than a reality, so the idea of the eternal after-death love of Catherine and Heathcliff was satisfactory, when now, after experiencing so much of my own personal loss, all that's left is the folly of losing all of that living time they could have been together over pride and jealousy and the expecataions of others. It wouldn't be the same story any other way, but this time it left me just feeling hopeless. Also, for some reason I did feel it was as skillfully written as I used to believe this time around. I used to be enraptured by the story within a story idea. Perhaps I've become used to that method of narative after so many David Lynch movies that it's no longer novel at all. Basically - it was best the first time and should be read as a teen, but I'll probably never read it again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    In the dark shadow of Mary Shelley, here come The Bronte Sisters! Masterfully written tales of tragedy and work with touches of romance hither and thither. These tales are most definitely classics to be read and reread time and again throughout the generations. Though the 19-Century English makes the novels a bit difficult to read, they are not hard to follow. And though a foreboding shadow looks over most of their tales, a touch of femininity peeks in throughout. Their poetry holds the same bipo In the dark shadow of Mary Shelley, here come The Bronte Sisters! Masterfully written tales of tragedy and work with touches of romance hither and thither. These tales are most definitely classics to be read and reread time and again throughout the generations. Though the 19-Century English makes the novels a bit difficult to read, they are not hard to follow. And though a foreboding shadow looks over most of their tales, a touch of femininity peeks in throughout. Their poetry holds the same bipolar allure. Amazing classics! Do I really need to say that I recommend these books? LOL

  3. 4 out of 5

    carys 🧚🏼‍♂️

    this is the wrong book but I need to log something bc I need to feel the dopamine rush of goodreads congratulating me on completing my 2020 challenge sorry nothing brings me joy anymore ?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen (Feffer)

    You know, I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, both of which are in this book, but none of the rest of Charlotte's works. One of these days I need to get around to that. You know, I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, both of which are in this book, but none of the rest of Charlotte's works. One of these days I need to get around to that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura Harden

    All the stories in this book were amazing! I loved Jane Eyre the most.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I've only read Jane Erye, and I LOVE it! It's such a great classic. I've only read Jane Erye, and I LOVE it! It's such a great classic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    10/2 I am giving myself a break from this series becuase I just can't seem to get into Shirley - I know little about the industrial revolution in turn of the century England and this book is thick with references to the political goings on during this era. Maybe I can study the history first and then I'll understand what the heck Bronte is writing about. 9/21 - Second book in the Series: Wuthering Heights - 4 stars. Sigh, how to begin a review of one of the most read books by Bronte. This book is 10/2 I am giving myself a break from this series becuase I just can't seem to get into Shirley - I know little about the industrial revolution in turn of the century England and this book is thick with references to the political goings on during this era. Maybe I can study the history first and then I'll understand what the heck Bronte is writing about. 9/21 - Second book in the Series: Wuthering Heights - 4 stars. Sigh, how to begin a review of one of the most read books by Bronte. This book is filled with passion of the most extreme kinds from vehement hatred to fervent love and covetousness. Not a book for those that believe that all love stories should end in happily ever after. It makes one think about the necessity of treating those about us with respect and love, despite their flaws. If only Heathcliff had been raised in an environment of respect and nurtured rather than shunned - how differently his sad life would have turned out. 8/27 First book in the series: Jane Eyre - 4 stars. I just finished reading the first in this series. I enjoyed re-discovering this book, which I first read in High School AP English. Although the writing is somewhat confusing at first, with all of the internal monologue, and it takes a while to get moving, the book is quite enjoyable. I'd recommend this book to anyone who can concentrate when reading; otherwise you might not catch everything that is going on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Ansley

    I own this book - this edition, actually, and I have to say it's a wonderful thing to have on my shelf. It's lovely, and big!! Jane Eyre is one of my all-time-favorite books. I could pick it up and start reading anywhere. Villette was incredibly sad, but I really, really liked it. The story drew me in and I had to know how it would end. Wuthering Heights is just a strange, strange novel about pathetic, selfish, people. It's tragic how they ruined their lives because they were so self-absorbed. I I own this book - this edition, actually, and I have to say it's a wonderful thing to have on my shelf. It's lovely, and big!! Jane Eyre is one of my all-time-favorite books. I could pick it up and start reading anywhere. Villette was incredibly sad, but I really, really liked it. The story drew me in and I had to know how it would end. Wuthering Heights is just a strange, strange novel about pathetic, selfish, people. It's tragic how they ruined their lives because they were so self-absorbed. I read it because it's that book everyone is like, "ugh I hated that book!" I loved it. =P

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I bought this book because my daughter had to read Jane Eyre for school, and I decided I would read it along with her. I ended up purchasing this collection of all the works by Charlotte and Emily Bronte. My daughter found Jane Eyre very hard to read and hated the book when it was over. I enjoyed Jane Eyre and then went on to read Wuthering Heights. I did not enjoy Wuthering Heights as much. It just seems such a dark story. I'm currently reading Shirley, and so far have not been able to get into I bought this book because my daughter had to read Jane Eyre for school, and I decided I would read it along with her. I ended up purchasing this collection of all the works by Charlotte and Emily Bronte. My daughter found Jane Eyre very hard to read and hated the book when it was over. I enjoyed Jane Eyre and then went on to read Wuthering Heights. I did not enjoy Wuthering Heights as much. It just seems such a dark story. I'm currently reading Shirley, and so far have not been able to get into the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Latoya Brown

    I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and will be moving on to Shirley. It's been interesting to see the difference between the sisters' writing. Though both have written the "hero" as a very dark, mysterious, and somewhat cruel man, they have both also included the reasoning behind the actions of these men...what pushed them to this extreme. Anyway, this was definitely one of the good gifts I received from my sister. She decided to get me a book one year after seeing a bag I owned that said I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and will be moving on to Shirley. It's been interesting to see the difference between the sisters' writing. Though both have written the "hero" as a very dark, mysterious, and somewhat cruel man, they have both also included the reasoning behind the actions of these men...what pushed them to this extreme. Anyway, this was definitely one of the good gifts I received from my sister. She decided to get me a book one year after seeing a bag I owned that said a good friend would buy me a book I've never read. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    All the Bronte books have always fascinated me. There is a new BBC version of the movie on PBS right now that puts Heathcliff in a whole new light. Maybe the way we've always pictured Heathcliff isn't who Emily really created. Merged review: A book shouldn't be judged by the pretty picture on the cover, right? Jane was always the perfect heroine to read about when I wanted to be a little spooked. All the Bronte books have always fascinated me. There is a new BBC version of the movie on PBS right now that puts Heathcliff in a whole new light. Maybe the way we've always pictured Heathcliff isn't who Emily really created. Merged review: A book shouldn't be judged by the pretty picture on the cover, right? Jane was always the perfect heroine to read about when I wanted to be a little spooked.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jay Wright

    After reading Jane Austin, I despised 19th century England. They appeared motivated by greed and wealth. While you get this sub-current with the Bronte sisters, you get a real feel for England. The picture of the industrial revolution but with stories of classes of people not stuck in the r7uling class. The development of their characters is the true accomplishment Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are of course good, but I was also pleased with the lesser known works.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    So far I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I love Jane Eyre She is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. This is one of my would-read-again books. Wuthering Heights was a little disturbing and not at all what I expected from vague references on TV, etc. I didn't like it very much although the writing was of course excellent. Too dark for my taste. So far I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I love Jane Eyre She is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. This is one of my would-read-again books. Wuthering Heights was a little disturbing and not at all what I expected from vague references on TV, etc. I didn't like it very much although the writing was of course excellent. Too dark for my taste.

  14. 4 out of 5

    S. Sigerson

    Why are certain books readable over and over again? Why do we seem to see more in them each time? Learn things each time we didn't realize were there? The Brontes are in this class. It's a depth of insight, observation, feeling, ... about life, about people, the self, the world, the universe ... which, in a lifetime of reading, I've been fortunate to find in just a few authors. Why are certain books readable over and over again? Why do we seem to see more in them each time? Learn things each time we didn't realize were there? The Brontes are in this class. It's a depth of insight, observation, feeling, ... about life, about people, the self, the world, the universe ... which, in a lifetime of reading, I've been fortunate to find in just a few authors.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debgrizzell

    I'm reading this (for my second time) with my book group. Wow! I'm glad this is sunny August, not dreary January, in Chicago. Like the book...feel differently about it now than I did as a teenager (what a surprise). I'm reading this (for my second time) with my book group. Wow! I'm glad this is sunny August, not dreary January, in Chicago. Like the book...feel differently about it now than I did as a teenager (what a surprise).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nick Black

    Yet another excellent value from this line purchased back in halcyon youth working in the Media Play book department. I've only read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre from this, so I'm not really in a position to rate it. Where's lonely Acton Bell in all of this, I ask? Yet another excellent value from this line purchased back in halcyon youth working in the Media Play book department. I've only read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre from this, so I'm not really in a position to rate it. Where's lonely Acton Bell in all of this, I ask?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlee

    I struggled with reading this story. It just seemed so dark and I didn't like how every relationship was a bad match. I kept hoping that something good would happen but it never really did happen. Don't know that I would read it again. I struggled with reading this story. It just seemed so dark and I didn't like how every relationship was a bad match. I kept hoping that something good would happen but it never really did happen. Don't know that I would read it again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    One of my favorite books of all time. Such a very strong central character who holds to her principles and is fearless in trials. The end is a little manufactured and asks us to suspend our disbelief, but I'm willing to forgive that as a product of its time. One of my favorite books of all time. Such a very strong central character who holds to her principles and is fearless in trials. The end is a little manufactured and asks us to suspend our disbelief, but I'm willing to forgive that as a product of its time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

    I Just read Jane Eyre but I loved it. I will read it again....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I thought overall it was kind of boring. I'm not much of a chick pick kind of person. It had some good morals in it though. I thought overall it was kind of boring. I'm not much of a chick pick kind of person. It had some good morals in it though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I've read several stories out of these books, and they are great. Jane Eyre was the greatest story that came out of these authors though! I've read several stories out of these books, and they are great. Jane Eyre was the greatest story that came out of these authors though!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jewell

    I have only read WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE. I hope to read the others in the next few weeks. Have any of you read SHIRLEY or VILLETTE or THE PROFESSOR?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Didn't do anything for me. Tedious, slow and unlikeable characters. Didn't do anything for me. Tedious, slow and unlikeable characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    My favorite gothic novel. I'm not sure why by the darkness of the story and the angst of the characters interest me. My favorite gothic novel. I'm not sure why by the darkness of the story and the angst of the characters interest me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I loved this book!!!!!!! I love it how Mr. Rochester compared himself to 'the Vulcan'! I loved this book!!!!!!! I love it how Mr. Rochester compared himself to 'the Vulcan'!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruba

    I enjoyed Wide Sargasso Sea much more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I read Jane Eyre in High School and was blown away. Karen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cherish

    Just finished and it was absolutely awesome. I loved Jane Eyre and I felt that Wuthering Height had a most satisfying ending!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I stopped reading this to read another book for Book Club and couldn't get back into it. I didn't finish - I couldn't! I stopped reading this to read another book for Book Club and couldn't get back into it. I didn't finish - I couldn't!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frances Bell

    I love delving into the writing of a bygone time. Jane Eyre has been a favourite since I was about 9 years old - I keep this on my shelves and re-read it from time to time

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