- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster UK; Auflage: Reprint (2. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1416511474
- ISBN-13: 978-1416511472
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 424.119 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Bronte Project (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Mai 2006
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A "Redbook "Magazine Book Club Pick "A first novel that is fresh, playful, intelligent, and consistently entertaining." --"Boston Globe" "Wickedly funny." --"Christian Science Monitor" "It's never anything short of lovely to find a new writer like Vandever: funny, witty, smart, thoughtful." --"Buffalo News" "Clever. . . . A zippy romp in which Vandever skillfully parodies both academia and Hollywood. . . .Witty and artful." --"New York Times Book Review"
"As to intense passion, I am convinced that it is no desirable feeling" - Charlotte Bronte, 1840. Shy young scholar Sara Frost's unsuccessful search for the lost love letters of Charlotte Bronte hasn't won her any favours at her university, particularly now the glamorous new Head of Princess Diana Studies has introduced her media-savvy exploits to the staid halls of academia. But, it's not until Sara's fiance suddenly leaves her that she begins to question her life's vocation. How can she reconcile the mythology of romance with the harsh reality of modern love? As she tentatively re-enters the dating scene, Sara is to discover that the life and writings of Charlotte Bronte have more to teach her than she could ever have guessed about the perils and pitfalls of the 21st-century relationship game.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
"The Bronte Project" ist ein unterhaltsames und sehr amüsant zu lesendes Buch. Besonders die ersten zwei Drittel sind hinreißend in ihren trefflich schwarzen Einsichten in romantische Beziehungen und akademischen Erfolg. Sara überidentifiziert sich mit dem romantischen Erzählrepertoire der Bronte-Schwestern (so möchte sie zum Entsetzen ihrer Eltern schon als Neunjährige mit dem Namen ihrer großen Liebe auf den Lippen im wilden Moor erfrieren) und bastelt sich ihr Liebesleben nach romantischem Modell - z.B. ist Pauls hervorstechendste Eigenschaft aus Saras Sicht, dass er aussieht wie der junge Lawrence Olivier aus "Wuthering Hights"! Erst Claires brodelnde und PR-fokussierte Selbstinszenierung provozierender Weiblichkeit bringt Sara dazu, ihr eigenes Weltbild zu hinterfragen. Und siehe da, wie aus Charlotte Brontes Briefen klar wird, hat die Gute selbst die gesamte Bandbreite von romantischer Vernarrtheit bis zur spießbürgerlich-angepassten Abgeklärtheit bespielt - und damit ist Saras Weg frei für neue Selbstentwürfe!
Unübertrefflich ist der Humor; manchmal muss man allerdings schon ein Insider der akademischen und literarischen Welt sein, um alle Anspielungen zu verstehen. Supergelungen fand ich die lockere und doch wirklich schöne Verknüpfung der Handlung mit dem Leben der Brontes.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Das konstatiert die Heldin Sara Frost während sie alle Höhen und Tiefen eines voll ausgewachsenen Liebeskummers durchleidet. Ihr Verlobter hat sie - angeblich für ein Jahr - verlassen um sich in Frankreich (genauer gesagt bei den Französinnen) selbst zu verwirklichen. Ihr tröges Forschungsprojekt über die verloren gegangenen Briefe von Charlotte Bronte, steckt in einer Sackgasse und die publicitygeile Egomanin Claire Vigee wirbelt den jämmerlichen Rest von Saras Leben auch noch mitleidlos durcheinander.
Als das Trennungsjahr vorüber ist, kennt man als Leser allerlei hochinteressante Details über die Bronte Familie, hat die herrlichsten Narrheiten von Liebeskranken noch einmal hautnah durchlebt, viel geschmunzelt, oft gelacht und sich ganz gewiss mehr als einmal mit der Heldin und ihrem Alltag im wirren Männer-, Universitäts- und Hollywooddschungel identifiziert.
Und natürlich ist Sara nach diesem Trennungsjahr nicht mehr Dieselbe ;-).
Jennifer Vandevers Geschichte greift neben der oberflächlichen Liebes- und Leidensgeschichte der schüchternen Sara auch noch einige andere, ernsthaftere Themen auf und bringt sie satirisch, scharfsichtig und pointiert zu Papier.
Da muss das vergleichsweise langweilige Leben der Brontes für einen Hollywood-Film erst mal biographisch aufgemotzt werden, und da kommen einem beim Lesen gleich mehrere verkorkste Hollywoodmachwerke in den Sinn, die nur allzu treffend karikiert werden.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Into Paul and Sara's life tumbles media darling Claire Vigee, recipient of a teaching fellowship at the university, editor of a provocative feminist journal, author of two successful books (one of which features a nude photo of its author), and pioneer in the field of Diana (as in the Princess of Wales) studies. Claire is everything Sara is not --- loud, brash, successful, sexy --- and she successfully engineers Paul's questioning of his stable relationship with Sara and his departure for France, where he is soon dating a swimsuit model with a Fulbright fellowship.
Sara's not sure how she feels about being left behind while Paul pursues his passion, but she doesn't have to wonder for long. An accidental meeting with Hollywood producer Byrne Emmons thrusts Sara into a whirlwind of yoga classes, facials, script meetings, temperamental actresses --- and a thoroughly L.A. relationship with Mr. Emmons himself. It turns out that Hollywood might be interested in a film about Charlotte Brontë's life, but when Sara is hired as a consultant she's hesitant about compromising her scholarly ideals for a good story. What's more, her relationship with Byrne might satisfy her romantic fantasies, but it still leaves her feeling empty inside.
Filled with eccentric characters, including Claire's bohemian brother Denis and two men who permanently reenact nineteenth-century life, chamber pots and all, THE BRONTË PROJECT is a clever take on the theme of a young woman in search of her life. It's true that the novel, with its sendup of academic crises and politics, will have the most appeal for readers with more than a passing knowledge of literary politics in general and of the Brontë sisters in particular, but that is not to say that other readers can't appreciate Sara's quest for herself. Although Claire's scholarly interest in Diana is mostly tongue-in-cheek, the actual parallels between Diana's life and Brontë's are striking indeed, and its commentaries on women's lives past and present may make this a good choice for book discussion groups.
--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
This novel flows and makes the reader want more literature for the soul by the end. Super debut!
The novel opens at a fateful academic party, where Bronte scholar Sara Frost and her fiancée Paul are sipping cheap merlot and eyeing the door. Sara's position at a New York university is foundering on the dwindling prospects of her beloved research project - a search for the lost letters of Charlotte Bronte.
The party perks up when the faculty's newest addition, celebrity author Claire Vigee sweeps through the door. Claire, a Princess Di expert, "was like the anti-Sara....Sara favored the practical and the classic in clothing and colors that, as her mother liked to point out, occurred naturally in bruises - blacks, grays, and blues - while Claire went for the blatantly trendy and expensive. On Claire even black looked red."
Sara hates Claire and has ever since she mistakenly appeared on a controversy-seeking panel Claire organized and was dubbed "the silent Victorian," for her dignified reticence. Her enmity only increases when she spies Claire flirting outrageously (the only way she does anything) with Paul.
"Sara had fallen in love with Paul when she was very young. It was difficult, too. Hearts had to be broken for their love to be satisfied. They had been together for six years - most of that living together - and now were going to be married during the winter break, all of which ignored superstition and certain Bronte admonitions regarding (1) living together, (2) long engagements, (3) winter marriages, and (4) falling in love before the wedding, certainly before a half year of marriage."
Needless to say, Paul had, at first sight, reminded her of Heathcliff, or, rather, of a young Laurence Olivier playing Heathcliff.
While Paul is lapping up Claire's exhortations to live a little, Sara, feeling ill, is rescued by a handsome young film producer who seems to know her from somewhere and expresses interest in her Bronte project. A fateful encounter.
That very night, Paul declares his intentions to take up the Paris fellowship he had postponed in order to stay in New York with Sara. Then, much worse, he expresses doubts about their upcoming marriage, and asks for a year to find "some certainty."
Devastated, Claire begins to take stock of her life. The daughter of two therapists, she'd been deliciously shattered by the Brontes upon discovering "Wuthering Heights" at age nine. Her parents had done their best to relieve her:
" `Now, how could Cathy and Heathcliff resolve this problem by communicating their feelings before it leads to a fatality? What about the ending disturbs you? How could you change that: Could Heathcliff have worn a warmer coat? How about Cathy paying more attention to her health?' They didn't get it. Sara didn't want them to be cured, she wanted to wallow in the awful morbidity of it all - she'd never felt so alive."
Now, however, she takes stock. It was clear that literature had ruined her life. She's been obsessed with people who never dated, and died young. Charlotte, after years of unrequited love, marries and is dead six months later. Perhaps, Sara thinks, she should take up with the film producer.
Which she does, of course, and, naturally, is soon altering the facts of Charlotte Bronte's life to suit the Hollywood model. She also grows more assertive in her encounters with Claire who is trying to organize a panel discussion of Princess Di and Charlotte Bronte, modern and Victorian sensibilities, romantic heroines, and castration complexes. The novel moves from New York to Los Angeles to Italy to Paris as Sara finds herself and her voice.
Claire, deliberately over-the-top, fashionably controversial, outrageously narcissistic, is almost too much, especially at first, before Vandever settles into the character and makes her something more than a cartoon foil for Sara's dry, despairing wit. Sara's humor saves her from succumbing to the gloom and brooding of the character she's carved out for herself. The plot is about what you'd expect, contrived to fit the satire, and mostly satisfying.
Each chapter opens with a relevant quote from one of Charlotte's letters, a perfect touch. Vandever's writing sparkles and sparks. A funny, lively first novel with a heroine who grows up and finds a balance between romance and reality.
Vandever made Sara Frost out to be a sympathetic, wimpy, get-on-with-it-would-you-please kind of doormat at the beginning of the book who goes through a welcome character arc (I won't give it ALL away). She made Paul out to be the kind of idiotic moron you want to emasculate. She made the viper Claire Vigee out to be the shallow sort of feminist-wannabe that too many English departments hire these days in hopes of attracting more students (read: more tuition dollars). Plot twists that you saw coming a mile away twisted back on themselves (Claire's baby's "father", the accident toward the end of the book - again, I won't give it ALL away) to make you say "Aha! Nice twist!"
I enjoyed the jokes. I enjoyed the allusions to literature. I loved the Bronte epigraphs from letters and works, which were well-chosen to fit the theme of the chapters and showed the thought Vandever put into this project. She cared what she was doing when she wrote this novel. And for that, I commend her.
If you're looking for a history lesson on the Bronte family, this isn't it. Charlotte's story is abbreviated and woven in carefully. It doesn't bog down (forgive me for suggesting such a thing; Charlotte's story is actually incredible) the story of Sara Frost finding her way out of her tiresome present. If you're looking for a good feminine empowerment story, it's hidden in here. Funnily enough, it's not in the banner-waving Claire Vigee, but Vandever has laced it among the arc of Sara Frost. And so I definitely recommend The Bronte Project to anyone looking for a good afternoon's read.
From Sandy Lender, "Some days, I just want the dragon to win."