Book: “The Tenant of the Wildfell Hall” by Anne BrontëDear friends, do you have a son? If yes, then if there is only one Victorian classic you’d nudge him to read, let this is the one.
“No means No” has become the anthem of our time.And it’s very important that sons (I’m being blatantly gender-specific here) reads literature teaches the value of consent, like “The Tenant of the Wildfell Hall” did. Here, our hero Gilbert Markham waits (and not pursuing, probing, gaslighting, irritating the crap out of ) our heroine Helen Graham for a considerable period of time-
to make up her mind about their relationship/ whether she’d like to continue it further.So what if- she is self-righteous to the point of gagging? Or He- the archetypal Victorian gentleman (yawn), the embodiment of virtue (presumably, trophy- hunting was not on the “vice-radar” in early 19th century)?
- Readers who are on the lookout for a refreshing ‘feminist’ tale (taken the “era” into consideration) that encapsulates- i) rebuking a debauch husband, ii)feeling attracted to another man out of wedlock, iii) becoming self-dependent ‘woman’ and v) single parenting by will etc.
- The charming, charming writing of Anne Brontë (the underdog among the Brontë-sisters)
- Readers who love- i)their heroine feisty in her righteousness, ii) sprawling mansion, iii) English countryside and v) Victoria-era gossip.
Recommended “not” for:
- You find all of the above points boring and the stiff language put you to sleep.
Book: “Sadie” by Courtney SummersI was not expected to like “Sadie”. I was in the mood for a quick -read that won’t press too much time and picked this one up. And “Sadie” kinda got under my skin. The premise is pretty simple. It plays up between POVs of two persons-
a girl who is hunting down the killer of her little sister across cities, and an investigative journalist of a PodCast- unearthing her traces.Technically, “Sadie” has nothing new that you’ve not already read countless times before if you’re a fan of contemporary YA mystery genre. It has-
- supremely effed-up families helmed by incompetent- parent,
- being bullied,
- complicated sibling relationship etc.
She is by far one of the most unique female leads I’ve read in contemporary fiction in recent times. Absolutely loved her.
- “Sadie” is one of the hottest new releases this season. So if you want to be a braggart, go ahead.
- If you want to feel punch in the gut at the end,
- want your book to keep you on your toes and won’t let you rest till you finish it off.
Recommended “not” for:
- If reading about fictions dealing with child abuse, pedophilia makes you nauseous.
- If you don’t want to know about the lives of society’s bottom of the barrel and much prefer the white picket fence bubble.
- If you’re looking for profound, life-altering quotes that you’d like to grace your IG, Twitter wall with.