The Taste of Sorrow, By Jude Morgan Headline
Sunday 02 May 2010
Jude Morgan specialises in writing novels about real-life historical literary figures, and while she lacks the postmodern play of a writer such as, say, Emma Tennant, she is nevertheless a truly appealing re-creator of fascinating times and individuals – in this case, the Brontë sisters.
It isn't easy to reconstruct the lives of those whom so many of us think we know, but Morgan's method is to range through the present-tense thoughts of her various characters, making them not only dance for us, but think, too.
The Taste of Sorrow begins with the death of the Brontës' mother; moves swiftly on to the deaths of the elder sisters Maria and Elizabeth, brought on by the harsh regime at their school (as depicted in Jane Eyre); and then on to the demands the world places on the remaining family.
There are no surprises in Morgan's characterisations (Emily is masculine and idiosyncratic, Charlotte responsible and worried, Anne overlooked but steely, while Branwell is fatally overindulged) nor in the characters' fates, but we can immerse ourselves all too happily in this highly believable version of their lives.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
- 2 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 3 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 4 'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
- 5 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
Cilla Black's 12 best songs, from 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' to 'You're My World'
Zoolander 2 trailer leaks online and it's really, really, ridiculously good looking
Fantastic Four: Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Michael Jackson: Officials threaten to close Munich shrine to singer after fights between rival fan groups
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains