Stancliffe's Hotel

Stancliffe s Hotel These witty racy vignettes set in Charlotte Bront s imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies high society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna

  • Title: Stancliffe's Hotel
  • Author: Charlotte Brontë
  • ISBN: 9780241251706
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • These witty, racy vignettes set in Charlotte Bront s imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies, high society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna.

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    1. I enjoy Charlotte Brontë's mastery of words but the story itself was much too confusing for me and I'd dare anyone to be able to tell me what it's really about. Also in general I find it hard to enjoy "amusing" books, as they tend to not amuse me.

    2. This is a book that is only really interesting if you're interested in the Bronte siblings and how weird and smart they were. The story here doesn't really stand on its own merits, but its fascinating to think of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne coming up with hundreds of these little vignettes and copying them out on super tiny pieces of paper, inventing an entire, fully realized alternate history version of the UK for their own wry amusement.

    3. Well this is the last of the Little Black Classics and what an interesting ride it has been. Through this journey I have encounterd authors both known And new, some good, some bad and some that should not have seen print.Which brings us to the last in this series and what a terrible book it is. No real plotting or content. Admittedly, this was was put to paper long before her first work saw print.It's unreadable, you know in days gone past when you purchased a CD and it came with studio tests, p [...]

    4. The blurb of this tiny wee novella describes it as a 'witty romp' and I feel like that suits it really well. This is some of Bronte's earlier work and it's not some of her most mature or well-developed classics but it's fun.I actually really liked the narrator of this story, who is described as a 'cynical dandy'. He's a bit of a fuckboy but Bronte writes him really well and as irritating as he appears he has a really excellent narrative voice. I feel like if I'd read more of this world I would'v [...]

    5. The little vignettes of Stancliffe's Hotel are great fun. They do not offer the level of sophistication of Charlotte Bronte's mature works, but they do provide delightful insight into her imagination, and into her relationship with her brother, with whom she created this world and its people. Fans of Bronte will be interested in reading some of her juvenilia.

    6. It's only worth reading because Charlotte Bronte wrote it. This entertaining bit of juvenalia shows once again that Charlotte Bronte is a satirist, a parodist and a wit. Nothing she writes should be taken at face value. She is a sly and tricky writer, that one is.

    7. To be perfectly honest this excerpt from the Bronte's Angria writings doesn't make an awful lot of sense without the context of the other stories, but it is nice look into the style of Charlotte Bronte's juvenalia. Plus I'm a sucker for almost any kind of Ruritania.

    8. A little collection of stories that Charlotte Brontë wrote in her teenage years. They were fun and thrilling but the collection made me wish for more something more detailed and well constructed.

    9. "Hotel" is another part of the Bronte family Angrian Saga. Charlotte wrote this part when she was on holiday from her teaching position at Roe Head School.

    10. I´m so confused by this little book. It has no coherent plot and none of the scenes seemed to be related to each other. I read Stancliffe´s Hotel in one sitting but was left feeling like I had wasted my time. I love Charlotte Bronte as a writer and this doesn´t lessen my appreciation for her. Stancliffe´s Hotel seems to be just practicing for her later works and writing in general and as that, I don´t quite see the point of even publishing it.

    11. Less than a novella, a bit more than a short story, this was only an interesting read because it gives an insight into the imaginary scribblings of the Brontes when they were very young. Some lovely descriptive writing, and quirky characters make this little tale easy to read, and give us a clue to the literary genius that was to create Jane Eyre.

    12. This was my first Brontë novel. The Brontë sisters have been on my TBR list for a while, but I haven’t read anything by them yet. I have to say, I really enjoyed Charlotte’s style and level of elegance. I say this a lot with the “old” classics, but she just has that elegance in her words, descriptions and throughout her entire story telling, you don’t see anymore, hers is no exception. In fact, even by this tiny little novelette, I think I favour her style of writing more the Austen [...]

    13. I found it hard to concentrate on "Stancliffe's Hotel" as it featured little to interest me. Apart from a few humorous lines of dialogue I was bored for the most part. Everything and everyone is over described.But it's hardly fair to criticize a work of this nature, considering the author was not writing for the public, nor had she been taut how to improve her writing style at this stage of her life. At the height of her success Charlotte Brontë would doubtless never have dreamed of "Stancliffe [...]

    14. Slightly disappointing even though I didn't have high hopes. The story doesn't really fit together well and is fairly disjointed. That being said, this is story which Charlotte wrote alongside her siblings which slots into their made up world - it would have been better to read this alongside the other works to give it context. I did enjoy seeing her start to master the craft of wonderful character descriptions and some turn of phrases e.g addressing the reader directly which she does does so be [...]

    15. I didn't really get what was going on there. Apparently Stancliffe's Hotel is a part of a series that Charlotte Bronte wrote with her brother Branwell, and in the middle of that series, at that. So you have a dandy as a narrator, and it is somehow funny to read about how vain he is (contemporary vocab would probably use the word "gay", though I'd disagree with that) and how he tries to attract a beautiful girl by preening his tailfeathers! Lol. Maybe with a little more context, I might want to r [...]

    16. I hate to give anything by Charlotte Bronte such a low rating but I was so bored reading this. There were a few great moments so I would like to have given it 2.5 stars but I couldn't quite give it 3. In fairness this was not written knowing it would be read and it is interesting to read something written about the Anglia world she and her siblings invented. But I found it very hard to concentrate on it because I wasn't fully engaged. Thankfully it was very short.

    17. Lovely little read - one of Bronte's earliest works which preceded Jane Eyre but was never before published. Follows the imaginary exploits of the characters in the world she and her brother and sisters created and makes a very interesting comparison to all of her other works. Well worth a look.

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