Thursday, 17 November 2016

Book Reviews: Matilda by Mary Shelley and Stancliffe's Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

Title: Matilda 
Author: Mary Shelley 
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2016 (1819) 
Pages: 110 
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics 
Source: Bought Copy
 

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Mary Shelley's dark story of a bereaved man's disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I loved Matilda. The story and characters captivated me from the start and I couldn't put it down, finishing in one hour-long sitting. Despite its short length, it packed an emotional punch and I shed a few tears towards the end. A wonderful afternoon read.



Title: Stancliffe's Hotel
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2016 (2003)
Pages: 111
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Classics
Source: Bought Copy

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These witty, racy vignettes set in Charlotte Brontë's imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies, high-society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna.

The little vignettes of Stancliffe's Hotel are great fun. They do not offer the level of sophistication of Charlotte Bronte's mature works, but they do provide delightful insight into her imagination, and into her relationship with her brother, with whom she created this world and its people. Fans of Bronte will be interested in reading some of her juvenilia.

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