How to Be A Heroine, Or, What I've Learned From Reading Too Much

How to Be A Heroine, Or, What I've Learned From Reading Too Much

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"A young writer explores what some of the greatest women in literature have meant to her--and how these timeless characters still serve as a guide for the way we lead our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781101872093
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: B ELLIS, S


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" Nine year old Heathcliff, found starving on the streets of Liverpool by Cathy's father, and bold, saucy, eight- year- old hoyden Cathy, are so lovely at first. So tender. So understanding. When her father dies, they sit up in the bed they share (at eleven and twelve), consoling each other. They imagine heaven so beautifully they almost feel better." "I'm surprised on the very first page. Jane is so PRESENT. While Cathy was muffled, dead for most of the novel, glimpsed through her names scratched into paint, her scribbles in old books and a series of nested narrators, Jane addresses us boldly, vividly from the start." "The women coped, and some even thrived. Those who had never wanted to marry a man anyway, but didn't have the confidence to rock a suit, tie, cropped hair and monocle like Radclyffe Hall (whose novel THE WELL OF LONELINESS came out in 1928), took the opportunity to quietly move in with their partners." "The 1958 film, with Natalie Wood playing Marjorie to Gene Kelly's sexy, charming Noel, rewrites Wouk's ending and gives Marjorie a romance with another talented, successful Jewish writer who loves her, the unfairly named Wally Wronken. Usually i resent Hollywood happy endings but this one feels like justice.. . ...Wouk's agenda is clear from the start. I don't think he's really a storyteller; he's a moralist. So his novel hammers home his reactionary message that you can never find your own way."


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