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In 1834, Charlotte Bronte and her brother Branwell created the imaginary kingdom of Angria in a series of tiny handmade books. The five novelettes' in this volume were written by Charlotte, and depict a aristocratic beau monde in ironic language. She creates an atmosphere of intrigue and destructive passions."...

Title : Tales of Angria
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ISBN : 9780141035628
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 528 Pages
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Tales of Angria Reviews

  • Kristine Rochester
    2019-05-17 18:48

    I rented this book from the library mainly to see how Charlotte Brontë's writing style developed as a young woman; from her time as a teacher and governess to her time in Belgium as a student, and finally, to the period of the publication of her novels. (Especially Jane Eyre) The manuscript "Henry Hastings" was incredible in that regard--so many JE related things. Resurgam, a dog named Carlo, a gentleman with an open book sitting while waiting for a governess, etc. I was like O_O, lol. However, I have to say that I loved these tales simply for themselves. As these were never meant to be published, they are definitely not as polished as her other work, nor as deep and profound; but they were very much enthralling, with a myriad of memorable characters. (the Duke of Zamorna..*wolf whistle* ;-)Although she most definitely perfected the art of writing in Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë's innate talent shines through in the Tales of Angria, even at this young age. I'd personally really love to see this as a miniseries or soap opera; granted, a lot of work would have to be put into polishing it up, and actually tying up the very many loose ends, but I found it VERY entertaining. I wish Charlotte had written more...and that more manuscripts had survived. The only problem with this is that I found myself 'dumped in the middle.' While the sidenotes were very helpful to me as far as familiarizing myself with the plot and characters, I wish there was a collection with ALL the available tales of Angria, so I could follow the general story much better. P.S. Zamorna--you're a heartbreaker, dreammaker, don't you mess around with me :)

  • Amanda
    2019-04-25 16:51

    Overall it was very interesting to see Charlotte's early work. It was however not at all what I expected. When I learned several years ago that the Brontes created imaginary worlds and wrote stories from them, I pictured something more fantastical. Instead it's pretty straightforward high society in a very England-like Africa. I at least pictured something more like a fairy tale, with supernatural characteristics, especially since their most well known officially published works had themes of the supernatural.I also really wish I could read the equivalent of Emily's Gondal, since Wuthering Heights is so dear to me.

  • La Mala ✌
    2019-04-25 00:22

    Mucho valor emotivo.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-21 00:51

    Gifted from Brazilliant Laura - thankee.1. Mina LauryOpening: The last scene in my last book concluded within the walls of Alnwick House, and the first scene in my present volume opens in the same place. I have a great partiality for morning pictures.

  • Cat
    2019-04-24 19:38

    After finishing "The Roe Head Journal Fragments", the last and very confusing tale, I finally completed this book. I thought today would never come, for I was really tired of the book.Apart from one tale, the fifth, I didn't like this book. Charlotte Brontë was an incredible writer, but that's not the point here. I couldn't enjoy the tales and found them very confusing. And I kept having the general feeling that I had landed on a scene that was already happening and no one had bothered to explain to me what was going on.So... no, really not my cup of tea.

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-05-14 21:21

    This book gets 5 stars all around. Major kudos to the editor Heather Glen. Her introduction, endnotes, and appendices were very well written and informative.This tome is another part of the Angrian Saga by the Brontes. Heather Glen assembled a wonderful narrative out of some of Charlotte's existing and known manuscripts. After reading the last story in this collection I want to find out what happens. So it is back to the library to find more parts.

  • Sieran
    2019-05-21 23:28

    *SPOILER ALERT*Gosh Zamorna is such an adulterer AND pedophile! Omg he even seduces a young girl (Caroline) and puts her in this secret place where only he has access to her. Ewwww. PEDOPHILE, PEDOPHILE!! (It's incestuous too, since it's between a guardian and his ward.)Seriously, why do all the women fall in love with Zamorna? Is it just because he's "handsome" and that he's the duke?I hate these "Byronic heros"...

  • Laura
    2019-04-20 17:43

    I've never heard about this book before until I found a copy in a bookshop in Porto. I couldn't resist reading it.From Penguin:The book has five novelettes telling the story of an arrogant king who seduces his innocent young ward; a rakish dandy searches salons and boudoirs for a rich and well-connected wife; a dangerous criminal buys his freedmen through betrayal just facing the noose; a wife and a mistress meet for the firs time.

  • Rebekah May
    2019-05-03 16:28

    This book is described as being set in a fantastical world created by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë, when in fact this is more high society set in an alternate Africa which is kind of like the English countryside. I really enjoyed these tales, though there's a lot of background we don't get due to the manuscripts of earlier stories not surviving, and the fact that Branwell's Angrian stories aren't included. Still, though, these tales do stand alone and they are entertaining.I enjoyed the characters in these, especially Northangerland, Zamorna and Caroline Vernon, the star of the last story. It was really interesting to see Charlotte's early writing and to see, especially in Henry Hastings, some snippets of things that are very reminiscent of what ended up being included in Jane Eyre.The last portion of the tales are The Roe Head Journal Fragments, which contains kind-of-journal entries. This was especially interesting to read because their main purpose is to showcase Charlotte's methods and thought processes. The manuscripts in this part of the book have been left alone (and Heather Glen, the editor, even included the words and phrases Charlotte had crossed out) so it can be quite hard to read at times, but seeing her creative process down on paper was so exciting! To me, at least.I really enjoyed reading this book, but I would say it's for fans of Charlotte Brontë. The stories don't always have a major plot point, and can end a little abruptly. There's also not really a cohesiveness to the stories, and they're also some of the last tales of Angria so you are thrown in at the deep end, after a war we know nothing about, and with characters who know each other very well. Charlotte obviously expects the reader to already know everything about everyone, as this has all been covered in earlier stories that we don't get to read. They're definitely interesting in terms of seeing her writing grow and evolve, but if you aren't at all interested in that aspect I would say to give this a miss - at least until you've read more of Charlotte Brontë's work.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-19 23:26

    I had not spent much time pondering those tales written by the Bronte children. I thought they would be grim. These Angrian tales by Charlotte along with her brother Bramwell were not just written in childhood but into their adult years too; but they are somewhat surprising, fairly racey for Victorian times, themes. There is a bit of Sir Walter Scott, some are Arthurian chivalric elements in them, along with some Star Wars-like action. Where are the Hollywood movie-makers?

  • Craig
    2019-04-30 21:31

    Back in the early 90s when I was trying to find these texts, they were simply impossible to find. I spent hundreds of dollars on academic compilations and even travelled to Haworth to find them, so major kudos to Penguin for releasing them in affordable editions. Again, essential reading in the Angrian series.

  • Sheri-lee
    2019-05-08 23:27

    Interesting but a bit unsatisfying as there are chunks of 'history' and story missing and things are somewhat fragmented, with some unresolved story lines. I think some of the private lives were likely very scandalous for the 1830's. I wonder if the Brontë family would have been scandalized themselves if these stories had been published in their life times. Interesting.

  • Kyle
    2019-05-06 22:33

    A very wintry place this fictional world the Brontë siblings created - even in the summer months it is damp and stormy (perhaps proof of toll global warming has taken on North Africa since 1830s). The characters themselves are a variety of intemperate emotions...

  • Rebecca Jane
    2019-04-22 20:27

    2.5 stars.I didn't think these short stories were anything special. While I didn't dislike them, I thought the characters and the places were a bit hard to follow and I expected a lot more from it.

  • Praicy
    2019-05-21 22:43

    wonderful book

  • Consolate
    2019-05-16 20:36

    only a fragment of English version...what a pity...

  • Lanokie
    2019-05-10 22:49

    I like this book.