Sunday, June 12, 2016
The World Within
Lexile = 850
This is a book for a certain type of reader. Do you love Wuthering Heights? Jane Eyre? 19th century fiction in general? Then this is the book for you! I would almost call this fan fiction, except the author has remained completely faithful to the very little known about the life of Emily Bronte. Emily is rightfully portrayed as socially backward, passionate and private about her writing, and fiercely loyal to her family.
I previously did not know about Maria and Elizabeth Bronte, the eldest sisters who died of tuberculosis. Emily misses her sisters and finds any contact with the "outside" world unbearable. When her father arranges for her to borrow books from a nearby wealthy man, Emily must summon all her courage to merely knock on his door and borrow a book. She and her siblings are wholly entertained by their own fanciful writings. Her contact with the world is therefore limited to what she can obtain and read. Fortunately, her father encourages the family to read widely.
So, not much actually happens in this world. This tale ends just as Emily is beginning to imagine a future of "real" writing.
Fans of Wuthering Heights, you are in for a real treat. Otherwise, I would pass on this one.