Shirley

Shirley

eBook - 2007
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Blackwell North Amer
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 new machinery 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 own ideas 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 novel, which is suffused with Bronte's deep yearning for an earlier time.

Oxford University Press
Shirley is Charlotte Bront:e e'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 new machinery 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 own ideas 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 Bront":'s deep yearning for an earlier time.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Edition: New ed
ISBN: 9780191538070
0191538078
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxvii, 572 pages)

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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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