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Shirley (version 2)

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"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë is a captivating tale set in the Yorkshire region of England during the Industrial Revolution. The story follows the lives of two strong-willed women, Shirley Keeldar and Caroline Helstone, as they navigate the challenges of love, friendship, and social change.

Brontë expertly weaves together themes of feminism, class struggle, and the impact of technological advancements on society. The characters are richly drawn and their personal journeys are both relatable and emotionally resonant.

The passionate and independent nature of Shirley Keeldar is particularly compelling, as she defies societal expectations and fights for her beliefs. Caroline Helstone, on the other hand, grapples with her own emotional turmoil and self-discovery, making for a compelling contrast to Shirley's bold personality.

Overall, "Shirley" is a thought-provoking and engaging read that delves into timeless themes of love, ambition, and the search for identity. Brontë's writing is both evocative and insightful, creating a vivid portrayal of life in 19th-century England. This novel is sure to appeal to fans of classic literature and those interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and societal dynamics.

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This work, Charlotte Bronte's second, is set in the England of the early 1800's, which was beset with political and social changes, represented by the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. And there is much to do with those changes in values from those of the past. But at its core, this novel is about romance. And the plot primarily follows the struggles and triumphs of two couples, the two brothers Moore, Louis and Robert, and Caroline Helstone and Shirley Keeldar. The final scenes capture the essence of the change in this world, and one hopes for the more philanthropic and egalitarian world pictured there, but at the same time one laments the loss of a world of magic and of a respect for natural beauty. - Summary by Jim Locke


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Reviews (Rated: 1 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - November 15, 2018
This is so boring I could not finish listening! I really did try, even with some of the bad readers.


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