Tales of Angria ★☆☆☆☆ DNF

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Title: Tales of Angria
Series: ———-
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: Romance
Pages: DNF 10/786
Words: DNF 3k/227K



Synopsis:

From Wikipedia

In 1834, Charlotte Brontë and her brother Branwell created the imaginary kingdom of Angria in a series of tiny handmade books. Continuing their saga some years later, the five ‘novelettes’ in this volume were written by Charlotte when she was in her early twenties, and depict a aristocratic beau monde in witty, racy and ironic language. She creates an exotic, scandalous atmosphere of intrigue and destructive passions, with a cast ranging from the ageing rake Northangerland and his Byronic son-in-law Zamorna, King of Angria, to Mary Percy, Zamorna’s lovesick wife, and Charles Townshend, the cynical, gossipy narrator. Together the tales provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and creative processes of the young writer who was to become one of the world’s great novelists.

My Thoughts:

When the story starts out with a heroine actively trying to emotionally seduce a married man, that was all it took for me to DNF this. I believe this is the last entry for Charlotte Bronte and my goodness, that is good. Outside of Jane Eyre and Villette, none of her stories have really stood up as far as I’m concerned.

It probably also didn’t help that the last couple of books have both been 1stars, dnf’s or both. Having three books in a row all be 1stars is wicked disheartening and the only thing I have to say is that the rest of the month better improve or I’ll be writing some seriously inappropriate book reviews where I get mean and ugly.

Bleh.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

25 thoughts on “Tales of Angria ★☆☆☆☆ DNF

    1. Yeah, she started this with her brother way back when. There’s a reason it’s included last in her bibliography. I don’t judge her by it (very much) but really , like I stated in the review, not much of her writing has stayed the course.

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    1. Yeah this month is NOT turning out how I was hoping. With ending March with the Henson biography to the DNF of the Wings of the Dove and then the news about WP and now this, maaaaaan, April just isn’t my month…

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  1. Jane Eyre is such a horrible book. The book has a consistent message of ableism, white supremacy, and imperialism (I mean the entire last two pages of the book are applauding an actual civilizing mission). A black mentally ill woman is used as the ‘shadow self’ of an abled white woman. A black mentally ill woman is used to represent all the wildness “savagery” and evil within Jane. That’s so incredibly disgusting and it’s amazing to me that Jane Eyre is still so beloved in the book community. the book is racist and hateful towards the mentally ill.
    Charlotte Bronte was in love with a married man, so it makes sense that all her books have themes of women going after married men.

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    1. Not sure how to respond to this. I obviously disagree with your assessment of Eyre and I think your cries of “racism, etc” are woke baloney.

      But at the same time you obviously feel strong enough about this to comment and you’ve been following me for almost 2 years so you are no stranger to my thoughts on such issues (I’m assuming you’ve read a few of my posts over the years anyway). I am surprised you didn’t leave this comment on the Jane Eyre post though. Ahhh well.

      You have a good day now. Feel free to leave comments on any books you do like 🙂

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    1. No, I don’t cheat 😉 Whatever is next, is next.
      (Of course, I have been known to dip into the “misc” series (which is where I put all the standalone books) out of order to kind of grease the wheels of interest. But that’s not skipping or cheating, not really 😉 )

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    1. Ha! I thought about trying to make a word play but figured I’d give the honor to someone else. I guess nobody else had the courage to do it! 😀

      Now that I’ve read Charlotte’s stuff, I don’t think I’ll be re-reading them ever again.

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