Wednesday, January 20

Book Review: The Professor

Title: The Professor

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Pages: 199

Summary: The Professor was the first novel that Charlotte Brontë completed. Rejected by the publisher who took on the work of her sisters in 1846--Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights--it remained unpublished until 1857, two years after Charlotte Brontë's death. Like Villette (1853), The Professor is based on her experiences as a language student in Brussels in 1842. Told from the point of view of William Crimsworth, the only male narrator that she used, the work formulated a new aesthetic that questioned many of the presuppositions of Victorian society. Brontë's hero escapes from a humiliating clerkship in a Yorkshire mill to find work as a teacher in Belgium, where he falls in love with an impoverished student-teacher, who is perhaps the author's most realistic feminist heroine.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Out of all the Brontë’s, Charlotte has been my favourite, and although I’ve only read two of her other works, two others sitting on my shelf sound interesting. So I decided to read her first novel she ever wrote and I have to say, I came out unsatisfied. Her elegant and enchanting writing style still impresses me she did have a talent to bring the reader into to her novels, and make them have trouble setting them down due to her style of writing. Unfortunately the story it self was rather bland. Not a lot happens, the characters are plain and dull, many times a little to melancholy for my liking, and over all I just found that the story passed by and was easily forgettable once you were done. If it wasn’t for Brontë’s lovely style of writing, I think I would have fallen asleep on the book each time I tried to read it, but she has something about her voice that makes you want to keep reading.
Here’s an example

“A lamp, burning under a shade of ground-glass, showed a handsome apartment, wainscoted with oak. Supper was laid on the table. By the fireplace, standing as if waiting for our entrance, appeared a lady…” (pg 8).

It’s passages such as that one, that make me want to gobble up her books. I just wished this particular one had a little something more to it, even better characters would have made a world of difference. Overall, not the best Bronte book out there, good for the style of writing, but not for the overall story itself.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure if I would or not. It was fairly boring of a story, wonderful style of writing that any Bronte/Classical/Victorian fan would enjoy, but the story itself is very boring.

What to read next: Other works by Charlotte Brontë.

Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 18th & 19th Century Challenge,
52 in 52 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, All About the Brontes Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, Reading Western Europe, Support Your Library Challenge, Typically British


6 comments:

  1. I loved Jane Eyre but disliked Villette and couldn't get through it.

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  2. I had trouble with Villette in college, but re-read it this past summer for an online read-along, and absolutely loved it.

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  3. sounds like an interesting novel, especially with the male narrator. I haven't read the other Charlotte books but i hope to some day.

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  4. Amanda - I read Jayne Erye and liked it, and Villette is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Hopefully I like it.

    Amy - I've heard mixed things, but I plan on reading it this year at some point. I have an ancient looking copy, so we'll see.

    Rebecca - This is the only Bronte novel narrated by a male, so that is one unique thing about it. Jayne Eyre is a good place to start you haven't read any books by her before.

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  5. I have never heard of this book, and I thought I knew almost all of the classics! Though you didn't love this one, I think it might still be enticing to me. I am putting it on my wish list and will let you know what I think!

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  6. I have never heard of this book, and I thought I knew almost all of the classics! Though you didn't love this one, I think it might still be enticing to me. I am putting it on my wish list and will let you know what I think!

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