Saturday, 4 April 2009

Weekly Geeks – 2009 - 13

 

 

 

 

April 2nd was International Children's Book Day. And April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, I have two lovely options for you this week:


Option A: Be a kid!
You could read a picture book (or two or three) and share what you read.
*****Write up a post sharing your favourite books from childhood
Write up a post about reading together with your child(ren)

 

Option B: Be a poet!
Write your own poem and share with us!
Write bookish ABC poems--ABC's of favourite authors, favourite books, favourite characters, favourite book blogs, or any combination of the above. Maybe even an ABC's of a bibliophile or book addict. (A is for...B is for...etc.)(For example, ABC's of Dr. Seuss)
Review a book you've read recently in haiku. (It doesn't need to be a poetry book you're reviewing, any book will do.) See Emilyreads for an idea of what I mean.
Read a poetry book and review it
Participate in Poetry Friday (This week's host will be Carol's Corner.)

 

Option A

I have decided to take part in this weeks Weekly Geek. There are two option available and i will have a go at one of these options. (I’ll probably do the other option later in the week)

Here goes. When i was much younger not so long ago i loved reading, but all the stuff you read under the covers when you think your parents were in bed. I loved comics, i also loved all those mushy books that you hide behind your maths book while trying not to blush like crazy ( ironically those are the book i read most of now).

Anyhow, for all my love of reading i actually hated the subject literature right up to about year 10. The turn came for me when we were assigned that ghastly book Jane Eyre – I hated that book, still do to be honest – the only thing of any note to me in that book was the mad woman in the attic.

My dad was a  very outside the box sort of person, so he normally come up with very creative ways for us to do the things we really didn’t want to do.  In his drive to get me to my exam with this book in my head he went out and bought WIDE SARGOSSO SEA – I had never heard of the book and neither had a few of my teacher to be honest.

That book changed my literary life. This is the story of the woman in Mr. Rochester's Attic (the first wife) – I still have my copy of that book and it is one of my most recommended read. The story is so real, the characters are set on another level to anything i had ever read. The fact that i could see another side to Rochester was probably the the one thing that made Jane Eyre bearable getting to exams.

I have attached some of the more recent covers of the book and a short review by Laura from girls on book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story is that of Antoinette Cosway, also known as Bertha Mason. If you think you’ve heard that name before, Bertha is the mad wife in the attic from Jane Eyre. Rhys tells Antoinette’s story from her childhood in Jamaica to her hasty marriage to an unnamed Englishman and finally to her days as the mad wife in the attic in England.

The novel is remarkable on two accounts. One is how Rhys took Bertha out of Jane Eyre, such a neglected character in that story, and gave her a history and homeland. The sense of place is very strong–Jamaica is a beautiful yet sinister presence through the first parts of the story. The other noteworthy aspect of this book is the writing style; it is overwhelmingly sensual on every level–the colours, smells, sights, sounds.

http://girlebooks.com/blog/book-reviews/wide-sargasso-sea-book-review/#comments

 

In all my years of reading this ranks as one of the books from my childhood that has stood the test of time with me. From the style of writing, to the character developments and especially for me at that time hating Jane Eyre as i did, this book only propelled me in to actually reading Jane Eyre…

The Bronte novels has never ever died out, but there are still people who don’t like the books – this is a wonderful prequel to those set of books.

 

21 Speak To Me:

Rikki on 4 April 2009 at 15:22 said...

Interesting! I love Jane Eyre and have never heard about that book that tells Bertha's story. I don't know whether I'd want to read it since I know already how she will end up. Still it's good that you enjoyed it and that you eventually even came round to reading Jane Eyre.

claire on 4 April 2009 at 17:28 said...

Wide Sargasso Sea is on my TBR list, but I never really thought it to be a children's book before. Thanks for sharing your experience with the book and for insights. Happy Week! :D

Lea on 4 April 2009 at 17:30 said...

Awesome post EH!

One of my favorite all time novels is "Wuthering Heights", I never much cared for "Jane Eyre". I've not heard of your selections either, I will have to look them up!

Thanks
Have a Great Weekend
L

Blodeuedd on 4 April 2009 at 17:43 said...

I did read 3 picture books this week when i worked at a kindergarden, too bad I didn't write them up

Gavin on 4 April 2009 at 18:14 said...

Oh, a wonderful post. I read this for the first time two years ago and loved it as an adult. I never though of suggesting it to students, duh. What a great idea!

gautami tripathy on 4 April 2009 at 18:43 said...

I have not read the book. Will get around it in near future! Loved your reflections!

Review in Senryu

Jo on 4 April 2009 at 19:06 said...

Great post! That's such a cool way to get you even a little bit more interested for school work! I haven't read either of these books as I can't understand purple prose, but I've seen both as TV films. I love costumes dramas, and the stories of both were awesome!

pussreboots on 4 April 2009 at 20:22 said...

I've heard of the book but didn't know what it was about. It sounds interesting. My Weekly Geeks is here.

Erotic Horizon on 4 April 2009 at 23:43 said...

Hello Rikki,

Welcome - quite a lot of people have never heard of this book. But although you know what happen in Jane Eyre - if you get the chance to read it- it humanises Bertha, so she actually becomes a person to you rather than the "thing" that was getting in the way of Jane Eyre happiness.


Hey CLaire...
lovely to know it's on your list - for year ten's, that would be an average book for that group. Falls right in line with " To Kill A mocking Bird" and i did that at about the same time.


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 April 2009 at 23:47 said...

Hey Lea,

Very Pleased I am not the only one who don't like Jane Eyre..

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff - need I say more...

If you get the chance check out Wide Sargasso Sea.




Blodeuedd...

It's still early days - you have up to a week to do the challenge - so hop to it girl...

They should be still fresh in your mind...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 April 2009 at 23:53 said...

Hey Gavin...

Wide Sargasso Sea is one of those book that crosses the age barrier. It was not a curriculum book for me but it should have been. It was brilliant....

Glad to meet someone whose actually read the darn thing.

If you are in the education field, this book is clearly one to get around the "Not Likely The Classics " problem.



Gautami T..

I know you will get to it eventually.... I am glad you like my little trip down memory lane - my dad was some kinda cool, all my love of reading and books came directly from him - as i said - some kinda cool.


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 4 April 2009 at 23:56 said...

Hey Jo,,

Thank you for mentioning that it went to film, I didn't even remember that.

But Rhys writing style is so totally different from the classic that it was a pleasure to read that book.



Pussreboots..

Thanks for coming by.. Hope I have perked your interest into giving this book a look.

E.H>

Maree on 5 April 2009 at 01:58 said...

I love those books _ the life-changing ones. I've read Jane Eyre, but not The Wide Sargasso Sea _ although I think it's a beautiful title. :)

Erotic Horizon on 5 April 2009 at 06:23 said...

Oh Maree,
You get it as well...

The title is absolutely beautiful...

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 5 April 2009 at 09:50 said...

Lol, it does sound fun :D

Hey I just gave you an award over at my blog ;)
Zombies ahoy

Erotic Horizon on 5 April 2009 at 11:39 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

I do hope you get involved with the Weekly Geek - it's one of the highlight of my week - fun people to meet and a whole lot of wonderful viewpoint .


Thank you so much for the honour - I have been over to collect already - I love visitors bearing gifts...

E.H>

Kerrie on 6 April 2009 at 10:49 said...

It is amazing when a book sticks with you isn't it?

Tasses on 10 April 2009 at 00:34 said...

I have to stay away from you Weekly Geeks. I have wanted to read this for so long, but kept putting it off, thinking I'd want to reread Jane Eyre first. Now, I'll have to move it up the old TBR pile ;-)

Erotic Horizon on 10 April 2009 at 06:06 said...

Hey Tasses

I am actually glad you know of the book. But from someone who has read both - Read WIDE SARGOASSO SEA first.


P.S. I am proud to be Weekly Geek - come over to the dark side (LOL)

E.H>

Dreamybee on 10 April 2009 at 15:36 said...

How great that your dad was able to find a way to get you interested rather than just telling you to grin and bear it. I probably would have never read Dickens, but my dad mentioned once that he read Great Expectations in school and really liked it. That was enough to pique my interest in 10th grade, and I loved it!

Erotic Horizon on 22 April 2009 at 08:20 said...

Hey Dreamybee,

I think as teens we tend to find the things we think challenged our parents the coolest this...

With age comes craftiness...

E.H>