The Brontes

Barker, Juliet. The Brontes. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994.

Reason read: March is national literature month. You can’t get any more literary than the Bronte sisters, right?

The repeating word to describe The Brontes is “thorough”. Because of its length, over 1,000 pages, many readers are filled with trepidation at the thought of even starting such a behemoth. They should know there is nothing to fear. While the narrative might be dense it is far from boring or solely didactic. One does have to keep in mind, however, that this is about the Bronte family and not just the famous sisters. With limited information, Barker tries her best to also include father Patrick, mother Maria and brother Branwell.

Author trivia: According to the dust jacket, Juliet Barker spent eleven years researching the Bronte family for this book and several others.

Book fact: Of course The Brontes has photographs. My favorites are of the various houses, Haworth Parsonage, Blake Hall and the Pensionnat Heger.

BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “Literary Lives: The Brits” (p 146).

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