September 5, 2016 |
YORKSHIRE, England - Staring at the horizon, I might have been looking at a vast canvas where the technique of chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, was used to create a specific mood. One minute, sunshine dappled the landscape; the next, misty rain enveloped it. "Don't worry about that," said hiking guide Johnnie Briggs, as one of the intermittent rain showers descended upon us. "Those are just Yorkshire kisses. " Actually, it was the rain rather than the sun that seemed a more fitting atmosphere for our hike.
March 19, 2015 |
The teacher had heard about the books. Thousands and thousands of them, from two dozen city schools shuttered two years ago. Perfectly usable. All sitting boxed up and unused in the basement of the Philadelphia School District's headquarters. Like so many city teachers, she uses fund-raising websites to get the books she needs for her students. Like so many city teachers, she has students who can't bring home their torn-up textbooks because there aren't enough to go around.
March 4, 2012
By Margot Livesey HarperCollins. 464 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Maribel Molyneaux In The Flight of Gemma Hardy , Margot Livesey recasts Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as a riveting story of self-actualization for contemporary readers. Livesey's narrative, set in post-World War II Scotland, replaces carriages and candlelight with automobiles and electric lights, but modern comforts do not diminish a quest that, like Jane Eyre's, takes Gemma Hardy on a sometimes harrowing journey to uncover the secrets of her own identity.
September 30, 2011 |
IN "RESTLESS," a troubled loner crashes funerals in Edwardian mourning garb set off by a watch fob, an indie-rocker haircut and Converse sneakers. He is, in other words, instantly and completely loathsome, and though he is regularly denounced as a childish and selfish, I felt I needed more denunciation. This despite that Gus Van Sant's "Restless" gives you ample reason to feel sorry for the guy (Henry Hopper), whose sobby backstory gives us an understanding of his self-pity and memorials obsession.
March 25, 2011 |
"Jane Eyre" is the lumbering Bronte-saurus of cinema, still un-extinct after 18 adaptations. That's not counting a couple of TV miniseries (the latest an '06 BBC job) that pulled the Charlotte Bronte story out of gothballs. And it's certainly not counting SCTV send-up "Jane Eyrehead," in which Andrea Martin's Jane is hilariously slow to wake up to strange noises coming from the upstairs room of her wealthy suitor/master. The SCTV interpretation speaks to the modern woman - these days, girls, you have a right to know what's in your boyfriend's attic.
March 25, 2011 |
As Jane Eyre in Cary Joji Fukunaga's moody adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel, Mia Wasikowska progresses from a womanchild scared of her own shadow to one who, after a long eclipse, comes into the light. Both Wasikowska (recently the title character in Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right ) and Michael Fassbender ( Inglourious Basterds ) as Rochester, Jane's moody and magnetic employer, strike all the right notes. If you don't count I Walked With a Zombie , this is the 27th screen adaptation of Brontë's classic, the mother of all Gothic romances.
March 20, 2011 |
'Y ou can only breathe so much in corsets," says Mia Wasikowska , who was required to wear such an apparatus, along with various bell-shaped skirts, flounced petticoats, and tight little bonnets, as she assayed the title role in the new and beautifully miserable Jane Eyre . "It restricts your voice and your breath, and it's really symbolic of the repression of the day," she observes. "That's very much what that time represented for women - physical repression that becomes mental.
September 2, 2010 |
With her son and only child starting college, Jane Eyre was looking - as so many do - for ways to enliven her evenings and fill the empty nest. In a community night-school catalog, two courses caught her interest: tai chi and fencing. An artist and athlete, Eyre was seeking to engage both mind and body. In her mid-40s, she also was itching for a way to express a newfound sense of self-confidence. Eyre signed up for fencing and within just a few sessions knew she had found her passion.
December 21, 2005 |
The education of Soo and Jane Kim, like that of Henry Adams, bristled with moments of triumph and reversal. At her father's request, Soo read Jane Eyre one high school summer at a pace of 20 pages a day, highlighting every word she didn't understand, looking up its definition, and writing it out in a separate notebook. She learned a slew of them - 500 new words by book's end. Jane, like Soo, earned a candy bar as a child for each new library book she read. She too got 15-minute ping-pong and badminton breaks after intense parent-urged weekend study sessions for the SAT. Rewards also included mall trips, movies and Pizza Hut. But when Jane's grades slipped one year during high school, her parents scaled back their work hours, read her textbooks in order to help her, and devised a plan of attack that included extra study of math and science on top of regular homework.