anu_ wrote:Maud, I totally agree with you. I have read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte and found them immensely interesting. In fact, simply loved the suspense created by Emily in the first few pages of Wuthering Heights, building an intriguing aura around the entire place. And in the later pages, strong human emotions of jealousy and inferiority complex of Hathcliff were so wonderfully sketched by Emily Bronte, that her novel has become my eternal favorite.
I found Charlotte to be a true feminist with her striking portrayal of a working woman in Jane Eyre. Her novel inspires, instead of just gossiping about love and marriage a la Jane Austen.
It goes without saying that of course you are entitled to your opinion but IMHO you are overlooking the element of realism in Jane Austin's work. She is depicting the reality
of life for women in her time, the lack of opportunity & indeed the limitations placed on them in terms of education, life choices and economic independence. These women were to all intents and purposes the property of their father, brother, husband or other male relative. Lady Catherine is very much the exception in having control of her own property & finances. I do agree with you that their lives must have been incredibly boring and repetitive.
It is difficult for those of us from a western culture to understand the obsession with gossip and triviality but it would be interesting to know how a women from a culture where female independence is still very constrained would respond to the work of Jane Austin .... I'm thinking of books such as 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', 'The Swallows of Kabul' or 'The Wasted Vigil'.
I'm in total agreement on the Bronte sisters!