This book totally surprised me. I wasn‘t expecting the force and complexity of the female protagonist that Anne Brontë so deftly depicted in this delicately woven story. This is an underrated classic that manifests beauty, subversion, wisdom, & some serious staying power.
This recent read has become a new favorite. There are some sociopolitical elements in the story, but the character study is what brings the force to this beautiful novel. What we get from Hollinghurst‘s micro-observations is a broad picture of human life through a very specific lens. When I was reading it all in one sitting, I noted: There‘s something intensely humanizing about being trapped behind the veil of a protagonist‘s insecurities.
Day 4. I loved My Name is Leon too, this is even better I think - the writing is wonderful and the story is sad and bitter sweet and so not what I was expecting!
She‘s coming to my Uni‘s literary festival later this year and I can‘t wait 😁