Shirley

Shirley

Book - 2008
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'You expected bread, and you have got a stone; break your teeth on it, and don't shriek...you will have learned the great lesson how to endure without a sob.' Shirley is Charlotte Bronte's only historical novel and her most topical one. Written at a time of social unrest, it is set during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, when economic hardship led to riots in the woollen district of Yorkshire. A mill-owner, Robert Moore, is determined to introduce newmachinery despite fierce opposition from his workers; he ignores their suffering, and puts his own life at risk. Robert sees marriage to the wealthy Shirley Keeldar as the solution to his difficulties, but he loves his cousin Caroline. She suffers misery and frustration, and Shirley has her ownideas about the man she will choose to marry. The friendship between the two women, and the contrast between their situations, is at the heart of this compelling novel, which is suffused with Bronte's deep yearning for an earlier time.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition: New Edition
ISBN: 9780199540808
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS F BRO
Characteristics: 624 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Margaret
Rosengarten, Herbert

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julia_sedai
Sep 12, 2016

I really liked the overall plot and found it interesting to read about the societal conflicts during the 1810s in Yorkshire. However, it was a bit long and sometimes hard to follow. Shirley, the character whose name is the title of the book, doesn't even show up till halfway through. I recommend it if you like Brontë's other works. She does write a good romance story, although the character of Caroline drove me a bit crazy because she was a bit pathetic.

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