Dark Quartet

Dark Quartet : The Story of the Brontes

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552108723
  • 9780552108720

Review Text

This fictionalized biography of the four children of Patrick Bronte, perpetual curate of Haworth Parsonage, Yorkshire (the four who survived childhood: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, Anne) is as scrupulously studied as the many volumes on library shelves that purport documentation. Haworth has always been a place of pilgrimage. The lives within that remote parsonage have aroused curiosity for over a century; the first speculator was Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell, whose biography of Charlotte Bronte remains highly readable. Mrs. Banks, a novelist, says that she accepted the assignment to make a story of these four intertwined lives with hesitation. She has done her homework well; no known facts are distorted and her surmises, when the facts are not known, make sense. Here and there is a sentimentality, here and there a twentieth-century anachronism in the discourse. But she has marshalled the data of four far-from-sheltered lives, and made from the tear-jerking facts - isolation, poverty, consumption, early death - a surprisingly lively novel. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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439 ratings
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4 44% (194)
3 21% (90)
2 6% (25)
1 2% (9)
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