The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Publisher: To be supplied : Project Gutenberg, [2010]
Copyright Date: 2010
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Helen Huntingdon moves to a new village where various inhabitants speculate on the mystery surrounding her move and her past.

Helen Huntingdon and her young son have moved into Wildfell Hall. A young man nearby falls in love with Helen, but she turns him away. To explain why she cannot return his love, she gives him her diary, which details her terrible past and the life from which she and her son had fled.

Gilbert Markham is intrigued when a new and very attractive neighbor rents a house nearby with her child. Some secret hangs over her, and Gilbert is determined to discover it. Also available as an eBook and on DVD.


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Feb 04, 2018

Helen is a complex heroine. I could not help but be moved by her strengthand resourcefulness in the face of the growing disaster that became her marriage. I also found the sequence where she planned her "great escape" exciting and suspenseful, even though I knew it would be a success.

It is slightly flawed in that the end ties up a bit too nicely, and the tension between the narrator and Helen withers a bit by the time the book ends. However, the same criticism could probably be made of the other more well-known Bronte books.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Though probably the least memorable of the Brontë novels I've read thus far, The Tenant... stands on equal ground with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This was the most realistic of the three, and certainly controversial for the time. It was a very bold novel, and for this reason alone it carries as much weight, if not more, as her sisters' more fanciful works.

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macierules
Nov 11, 2014

Bold story in its time. Great read.

goatscabin Apr 20, 2012

The structure of this story told through letters and diaries is an engaging and, I expect, a fairly unconventional method in 1848. Despite the language and mores of 150 years ago, the story is as chillingly relevent today in it's portrayal of the manipulation and mind control exerted by an abusive husband over an intelligent woman.

mayfairlady Aug 16, 2011

Glorious gothic!

dragonsnakes Mar 09, 2011

Another eternal favourite of mine by the Brontes.

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