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The Professor is Charlotte Brontës first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Brontë is correspondingly liberated, exploringThe Professor is Charlotte Brontës first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Brontë is correspondingly liberated, exploring the relationship between power and sexual desire.William's first person narration reveals his attraction to the dominating directress of the girls' school where he teaches, played out in the school's 'secret garden'. Balanced against this is his more temperate relationship with one of his pupils, Frances Henri, in which mastery and submission interplay. The Professor was published only after Charlotte Brontës death; today it gives us a fascinating insight into the first stirrings of her supreme creative imagination....

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The Professor Reviews

  • La Petite Américaine
    2019-04-23 05:00

    Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented. After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for the last time, and remembering the long passages written out in long-hand, it's all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you're back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there. Although it doesn't have the exquisite tragedy of Villette or the kick-ass karate-chop combos of romance, ghosts, crazy ladies in the attic, religious nut-jobs, and true love found in Jane Eyre, The Professor is still one hell of a novel. Its themes are common to Bronte's novels: Catholic wickedness (aka, “Romish wizardcraft” in this book -- HAHAHA!), relationships among the different social classes, social-restraint, and independence. Illustrating these themes are our upright, plain, poor, and virtuous narrator and his love interest, who are contrasted by the so-goddamn-evil-i-love-her Zoraide Reuter and her equally two-faced and back stabbing boyfriend, M. Pelet. In many ways inferior to Jane Eyre, and in many other ways a "rough draft" of Villette, this novel is probably not the author's best. But I loved it. Why? Because Charlotte Brtone wrote it. Bronte famously wrote that Jane Austen's writing was like "a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers: but no glance of a bright, vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck ... rather, comprehensive, measured, balanced, certainly “highly cultivated.”” What is Bronte then? Her writing is wild, like weeds, growing out of control and wrapping around you eyes, heart, and mind, but she planted those weeds and cultivated them just as carefully as Austen cultivated her garden -- but with more skill. Bronte gets you in a snare from which you cannot break free. Her words, her writing, her storytelling are all overpowering in their savageness. When you try to release yourself (it's called putting the book down) you'll find your heart beating from the rapid ride that she has taken you on ... and you want to jump right back in. Seriously, I love this woman. Favorite writer EVER!!

  • Henry Avila
    2019-03-26 23:11

    Mr. William Crimsworth, newly graduated from exclusive Eton College, writes a letter to his one and only friend Charles, about his adventures since both left the school ( Charles never receives it, having departed for parts unknown). William late mother was an aristocrat, but having married "beneath her," had been shunned by her family, something common in the unforgiving, mid 19th century England. His father was a wealthy businessman until going bankrupt, also deceased. What to do? William, has an older brother by ten years, Edward, a cold tyrant, but rich mill owner, he has little seen. Rejecting an offer from Lord Tynedale, and the Honorable John Seacombe, his maternal uncles, to become a man of the cloth, a rector in a church controlled by Seacombe and even marry one of his six unappealing daughters , young Crimsworth, does not like his cousins, they in turn cut loose the ungrateful boy, no longer supporting him. So the reluctant, distant Edward, gives him a job as a low paying clerk, in northern England, a dirty, polluted, ugly town, when you can see it, through the thick, noxious fumes. Translating foreign language business letters, the jealous brother hates the better educated William, shows no love, the rich man, has little contact with the poor one, kept from Crimsworth Hall... So proper etiquette must be maintained, between the two ... The letter ends but life continues, disaster, William is dismissed by his enraged brother, when an acquaintance, Mr. Hunsden, gossips about the ill treatment receives by the younger Mr. Crimsworth. To make amends Mr. Hunsden ( his nefarious plan successful), tells William to travel to Brussels, Belgium, seek better employment and gives him a letter of introduction. Since no other prospects are on the horizon, and always wanting to see the continent, he complies, receives an offer as an English teacher, from the seemingly affable, Monsieur Francois Pelet, a Frenchman who owns a boys school, in the Belgium capital, does well, and later teaches a class, next door at the girls school of charming, older, Mademoiselle Zoraider Reuter, a native of the country. But conflict appears, a love triangle, William and M.Pelet, are enamored of the fetching Mademoiselle Reuter, though not beautiful, neither is the professor, she does sparkle, during their romantic walks, in her institutes gardens, and enjoys being wanted by the suitors, playing a fun game of causing the men, pain...still the emotions are complicated more, when another enters, Frances Henri, a Swiss seamstress, living with her old aunt, employed by Mademoiselle Reuter, becomes a pupil in William's English class, the not well educated girl, somehow is brilliant, the best of his students, impossible... the mystery is solved, she had a English mother. The professor, starts to like the young, shy lady, and Zoraider, doesn't like this, she is not happy at all. And the school mistress can do much harm... The perplexing Mr. Hunsden arrives in town, curious to discover what his protege, has been up to, and the stories, revealed...they have not been dull. The inexperienced in life, William, learns ( even teachers must too), the mendacity of people ...The great writer Charlotte Bronte's first novel but not published ( you can see why) until she was no more, interesting view of her beginning, the talent is there... in some pages, but it just needed more polish and experience to blossom .

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-04-05 04:12

    I think the best way of approaching this book is to look at is a learning curve for the author. The prose inJane Eyreis sophisticated and eloquent; it is developed and persuasive: it is powerful, and a points simply beautiful. Charlotte’s writing in this just isn’t at the same level. Perhaps it is because she writes from the perspective of male, a rather bland one at that. The point is there is little point to this book.Jane Eyreis rich in passion and argument. Charlotte was trying to make a point; she was trying to show her readership the corruptness of society and the failing of the governess role; she was trying to show how worthy women are and how the misogyny of the mid-nineteenth century chained up their faculties, and left them to rot in intellectual depravity. With the Professor we have a mundane little romance plot and that really is all.There are no fiery exchanges of willpower and a mutual understanding of equal partnership on the basis of individuality. There is just simple, dry, love in all its ordinariness. And I don’t care for it. Where is the passion? Where is the soul’s persecution? Where is the mental haunting, the insane power of finding such a person you can be with on such a level? The story is weak, the writing is weak: the book is weak. This is best considered as an early attempt of writing by someone who would one day learn to write like a true artist. It's only worth a read if you wish to track the author's literary progress.

  • Barry Pierce
    2019-04-13 23:54

    Charlotte's first attempt at a novel comes across as... well... an attempt. It can be clearly seen that elements from this novel reappear in both Jane Eyre and Villette. However this novel pretty much lacks everything that made both of those novels such classics. It's a basic 19th-century romance novel with Charlotte this time writing from a male POV. Even though this is the second shortest Brontë novel (Agnes Grey is the shortest) it still felt vastly overlong. While bits of humour seep in now and again, leaving you with a faint smile, they are not enough to save this somewhat boring misstep. On the plus side however, this is a fairly easy read and won't trouble anyone who isn't familiar with Victorian literature. Reading it though will explain to you why this wasn't published in Charlotte's lifetime.

  • Nishat
    2019-03-24 04:51

    In the midst of life, we are in death.Charlotte Brontë died untimely, three weeks before her 39th birthday. The Professor, the first novel Charlotte had written, was published posthumously in 1857.“A man is master of himself to a certain point, but not beyond it.” Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been supported meagerly by his deceased mother's aristocratic brothers. Upon his graduation from Eton, William parts away, in contempt for his abhorrent uncles and seeks employment from his tyrannical brother. Enduring harsh blows of fate, William eventually departs for Brussels and accepts teaching as a career as Charlotte once did in her life. There he meets his future individualistic wife, Frances Henri and together they strive to render meaning to their shared lives.The professor, despite repeated efforts of the author, is a poorly conceived, first attempt of a young novelist at telling a story from an unpolished, under developed male perspective. While the gender issues posed by this work allure the readers, Charlotte's characters are nevertheless unnatural both in speech and act. Using unappealing narrative, Charlotte succeeds to an extent in understanding gender relations and portraying convincingly male dominance and sexual suppression; but fails miserably at establishing the story as the way I believe she intended it to offer.“That to begin with; let respect be the foundation, affection the first floor, love the superstructure"While Charlotte's attempt at voicing an exemplary, conscientious man had been futile, she ideally triumphed at drawing compelling, spirited female characters. The professor, not necessarily exhibiting the best of Charlotte Brontë, may serve as an introduction to Victorian literature.

  • Cheryl Kennedy
    2019-04-02 05:43

    This is Charlotte Bronte's first novel. She chose to write in a male voice with his concerns for a livelihood, his freedom to choose a vocation, authority to insist on compensation, and his refusal to accept and believe disrespectful pronouncements from others. His search for the employment that suited his soul continued his meeger existence, but his freedom to persist was unlike the females of the time. It is for these reasons that Bronte chose a male persona for her debut. In 1846 the antithesis was true for women, especially female authors. It was the Bronte Sisters view that women were treated differently from male authors by critics who flattered rather than praised their works. With success as the ultimate goal, Charlotte wrote in a gender that alluded her in life.Her first outing as an author was about a young man without family financial support. Deaths of parents awarded his older brother the family business. With little education and knowledge of how to decide on a vocation, "he that is low need fear no fall". But fall he did. The arc of his life is the story of "The Professor".Recommended for the words, writing style, world view, and struggles different but somehow recognizable today."I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." Charlotte Bronte

  • Skylar Burris
    2019-04-15 21:56

    What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester? Would he have seemed more manipulative, more self-centered? Would readers have allowed themselves to be swept away by Jane's passion, and to desire its fruition? In The Professor, Charlotte Bronte narrates the tale from the viewpoint of the male protagonist, and I must confess to finding him frequently unsympathetic. Without seeing this character from the eyes of his affection's object, it is difficult to appreciate him. He too often comes off sounding pious and condescending. There are moments when the narrator acknowledges his vulnerabilities, but this is usually in order to display his virtue in resisting temptation. Like Jane Eyre, the professor insists on following the stern voice of conscience rather than the warm pull of passion, and the moral of both books is the same: flee temptation. The Professor, however, is more obviously evenagelical than Bronte's later work, and these scenes of moral struggle and victory appear more strained, more self-satisfied than in Jane Eyre. The difference may simply be one of narration; perhaps I am more inclined to accept didacticism from a female narrator than from a male, authoritarian voice. The professor's strength is less impressive, perhaps, because he is less vulnerable in 19th century society than a woman would be. The risks he takes for his values are smaller than the risks Jane Eyre assumes. More importantly, his resistance of temptation sometimes smacks more of pride than of virtue. He seems alternately dominering and liberal; indeed, the book as a whole contains a rather odd mixture of feminism and male authoritarianism. Despite my inability to fully relate to and admire the protagonist, and despite the annoyance of repeated anti-Catholic thrusts, I found this book to be interesting. It does have many moments of penetrating insight, couched in almost poetic language. I was impressed by the way Bronte weaved scripture and literary allusion so constantly into her work. And the book is well enough written to keep me curious of the outcome, even if I do not precisely adore the narrator. The other primary character, Frances, appears at first docile and then suddenly seems transformed into a vocal feminist. She appears to feel her inferiority and then to assert her perogative. We do not get to know her as we know Jane Eyre, because we can only see her through the eyes of the professor, and his narration seems, at times, slightly unreliable. I do not know that Bronte intended it to be; but as a reader, I hesitate to accept fully the narrator's pronouncement on all matters. The Professor, Bronte's first novel, was never published in her own lifetime. But it is, in fact, more concise and better structured than Jane Eyre. Nevertheless, the book is simply not as likeable as Bronte's later classic. It is an enjoyable and comparatively easy read, but it does not make as profound an impression on the mind. Indeed, there is a sort of feeling of incompletness to the tale. As a reader, I got the impression that the narrator was, at the close of the novel, painting a happy picture of marital harmony, but underneath this seemed to course tiny hints of something darker. That something darker may have been a figment of my imagination, or it may have been an undeveloped theme. One of the most interesting characters in the book, however, is certainly undeveloped. Hundsen makes an appearance towards the beginning of the novel, disappearing from the tale for many chapters, before returning to capture the reader's interest once again. He is sometimes likeable, at others off-putting, depending on the lens of the narrator, and he seems to demand a book unto himself. This, however, we do not receive, and we are left instead with the story of the professor.

  • Paul
    2019-04-24 04:49

    Very early effort which reads like a practice run for later novels like Villette and Jane Eyre (which reminds me, I must read Villette again). It is an engaging first person narrative in which William Crimsworth describes his young adulthood and his attempts to earn his living.We learn about his grim family and Bronte uses her experience teaching in Brussels when Crimsworth moves there to teach. Most of the novel revolves around Brussels and the world of the small teaching establishments. The novel doesn’t move at any great pace and we see Crimsworth through romance, dense pupils, and difficult employers to eventual independence, marriage and his own school. The last chapter packs a great deal into a short space of time and it feels like a sketch for extending the novel by another couple of hundred pages.There are some interesting themes in the novel. Bronte clearly has issues with Catholics and Belgian youth. However, her view of an ideal marriage is noteworthy. When Crimsworth asks Frances Evans Henri to marry him, she is very clear that she will only marry him if she can be independent of him, earning her own money. Crimsworth readily agrees and keeps to the agreement (unlike many men of the time I suspect). This was quite radical for the time.The ideas are roughly sketched and developed in later novels. It is also a bit reminiscent of the Victorian self help books; hard work and self-reliance win out over the bonds of family and community. It is an easy, pleasant enough read which I enjoyed for what it was; an early effort.

  • J.G. Keely
    2019-04-20 04:09

    This book starts off promisingly enough, but as the character grows less sympathetic and the plot draws out predictably, much of the charm is lost. Perhaps it was not unexpected that I would be drawn into the plight of a young, educated man thrust out alone into the world with no prospects, forced to work pointless jobs for frustratingly inept employers for subsistence. It mirrors not only my experiences, but that of most of my generation.Unfortunately, our narrator becomes a rather stuck-up prig as the text goes on, which slowly killed off my sympathy. It wasn't merely that he conducted himself with pride and intelligence; it was his condescension and self-assuredness that soured the taste. He read into every word and expression, giving the reader an absurd amount of subtext about glances or pauses. He also professed that his certainty in psychology allowed him to manipulate others, by which he meant snide, callous remarks, a cold shoulder, and a childish inability to keep himself in check.It was like people who write in their dating profile: "I'm interested in psychology, because I have always been really good at reading people" despite the fact that they are not good enough at psychology to recognize that this makes them sound naive and pretentious. So, there certainly was a comical aspect to his arrogant ineptitude, but conceited prigs rarely make for very good romantic interests.Sure, Austen did it with Darcy, but she knew that the secret was to make his prickly exterior an embittered defense to the false, superficial world around him and give him a good heart despite it all. It's not that The Professor was a bad man, merely that he wasn't interesting enough to overcome his defects.Bronte's messages were also a bit underwhelming. I found delight in the unintentional humor of her mistrust of Continental ways and those devilish Papists in particular, but this was hardly a mark in her favor. Likewise, the feminist aspects were a bit confused. One female character is strong, but only inasmuch as she is a heartless manipulator. The main love interest is also strong, occasionally moving to defend herself and her ideas, but she is mainly characterized as being our protagonist's devoted subservient--she never argues with him, of course.Now some of this I must chalk up to the narrator's unreliability. The case that the first woman is heartless and the second woman subservient are things we mostly have to take his word for. Given the circumstances as they are given, it seems more like he makes groundless assumptions, seeing the world in stark black and white and revolving around him.He also meets a friend on the way, a man who is equally as stuck up and sure of himself, and throughout their dialogues they seem constantly to sneer superiority at one another's faults. That neither is capable of recognizing in himself what he laments in authors.If tackled with a more satirical style, this could have been a very effective book, lampooning a world of naive, short-sighted people lost in ungrounded assumptions and misunderstandings. As it was, Bronte kept the sentimental, romantic heart of the book. Since we could not take the characters entirely lightly, we had to take them somewhat seriously, which resulted in a story of dumb, somewhat dull characters living out a standard romance plot.

  • Dolors
    2019-04-20 01:51

    The first novel by Charlotte Brontë, though not published until her death. It has been reviewed as a simple, unimaginative portrait of an English teacher's life in Brussels, an early attempt to what her best known novel Villette would later become.I don't agree.This work shines in itself, it's the only story in which Charlotte dares to talk through a man's voice. She talks about responsibility, about earning your own success through effort and sacrifice, to defy the strict clichés and the hypocrisy of the English Society and to stand up to your ideals. In this novel, William Crimsworth can be seen as a mere strict teacher or as a revolutionary who chooses her wife-to-be because of her intellect and not because of her looks or her position. And later, he lets her grow professionally to work together as good companions, elbow by elbow, always treating her like an equal.I loved the message the book tries to convey, that work, perseverance and fair values lead you to a happy outcome. As worthy as any other of Charlotte's works, even more so, as I think this book talks more about the writer's own view of life than any other of her novels.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-01 02:48

    My first Charlotte Bronte book and again I wonder how I could have missed this book or ignored this author for so long. Although Anne is still my favorite in the early part of my reading, Charlotte's The Professor follows the same form of story telling. The major characters are well developed and likable or unlikable as the case maybe. Minor characters are not developed, such as William's friend Charles.William is the main character, an Englishman with an education who rejecting going into the clergy to become a trades man. William, an orphan, is raised by close family and we discover he has a very unlikable brother. Persuaded by Hunsden to do something better with his life than be his brother's clerk, William leaves for Belgium. The majority of the story takes places in Belgium and centers around William and his job as a professor, which simply means teacher. The story does contain more than a few lines of French, so a dictionary may be handy for non-French speakers. Luckily, no Flemish is spoken. It is an enjoyable story even though it is not considered Charlotte's better works. She seems to stay away from many of the social themes that Anne wrote into her stories. Like other Victorian novels I have read, the book leaves you with a good and satisfying feeling All in all a very likable story.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-04-08 23:51

    3.5 stars.While this is the last of Bronte's novels to be published, it's the first one that she wrote, and it shows. There are hints in the writing of the wonderfulness to come in Jane Eyre, and there are plenty of typical Bronte touches (she really did love her phrenology, didn't she??) in the writing. Really, I think the biggest problem with this is that it's really short. Like, 200 pages kind of short. And the first 50-ish pages is basically "MY LIFE IS SHIT, OKAY?". Once William gets to Belgium, we're treated to a hell of a lot of bizarrely detailed descriptions of how gross his female students are. They're either dressed like slobs or they're unattractive or they're conniving and not particularly bright. So OBVIOUSLY the one student that he's all "Huh. She's not so bad" about is the one that he ends up spending time with. Frankly, for me? Zoraide and her manipulative nature were by far the most compelling part of this book, even though I ultimately enjoyed the relationship that develops between William and Frances.

  • Luís C.
    2019-03-23 23:02

    It is a very nice novel who genuinely devours. I found again the pleasure of reading a book featuring young men up the sleeves facing adversity: I can not prevent me from read it something personal and soak up their energy and their hope. Brontë is probably more projected in his female heroine.We finally found this vision of the boarding school as both a closed place subject to the tyranny of its leader and as an idyllic place.3 & 1/2 Stars.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-10 01:57


  • Furqan
    2019-04-14 23:09

    This was Charlotte Bronte's first novel and certainly not one of her finest works. I can see why it was rejected by the publishers several times and was only published posthumously. The novel is narrated in first person by the protagonist, William Crimsworth. It is partly set in a fictional town of Yorkshire and the rest in the city of Brussels, Belgium.The story has a promising start, but plunges into monotony as it progresses. The protagonist's opinion of the inhabitants of Brussels makes a really unpleasant reading. Charlotte based this story upon her own experiences encountered in Brussels as a language student and then as a teacher. The story reflects her hostile prejudices against the Catholic Church and the Flemish culture due to her inadvertent sense of superiority for belonging to Anglicanism and having an English nationality. Then again, I guess she was merely echoing the zeitgiest as a child of the glorious British Empire. Having read Jane Eyre thrice and loving it each time, The Professor was a disappointing creation by a distinguished author. The hero of the story is an austere and conceited figure who lacks the passionate and sympathetic nature of Jane Eyre, even though they both share common circumstances. I don't know about you but I always find it exceedingly difficult to like a book if I am apathetic to the protagonist.

  • Irina Villacis
    2019-04-01 23:02

    oh ha sido maravilloso!!!no esperaba nada pero sabia que me podria gustar ya que AMÉ A JANE EYRE. me puse a investigar de la biografia de las hermanas bronte y siento que es una historia muy interesante lo leí principalmente por el morbo entre las relaciones que pueden surgir entre un profesor y su alumna. me encontré con algo maravilloso con dos seres lejos puede parecerse y encontrarse. mas que de amor siento que enseña consejos sobre la perseverancia , confiar en uno mismo , escucharse a si mismo y ser divertido ante todo.William un hermoso personaje , elegante , callado y romantico. una clase de romantico serio y maduro. que cuando habla dice cosas justas ni mas ni menos. aunque lo describe que no es tan guapo termina enamorando a mas de una ( a mi también, aunque como amiga) . no tiene dinero , tiene ambición de mejor en la vida pero a su propio esfuerzo. sin vicios porque es consciente que los extremos solo lo lleva a la perdición ( bueno eso dicen pero siento que como que lo quiso decir para mi ) la chica de la cual termina enamorandose es todo un personaje , es la clase de mujer que muy pocos hombres quisiera. es hermosa pero no tan hermosa , humilde pero siendo orgullosa y no orgullosa de mala forma sino orgullosa lo suficiente como para no caer en extremos sin dar pie a que ningun hombre la trate de fulana . no tiene dinero pero igual que william intenta luchar. algo que me vi sorprendida es que William le dice casemonos y ya no trabajes. pero ella dice que quiere trabajar a lo que wiliam acepta . otra cosa es que cuando los dos dan clases en los colegios , la chica dice " yo sigo ganando 800 libras mientras tu trabajas la misma cantidad de trabajo y ganas 2500 libras) . Charlotte nos demuestra que ya habia desigualdad en los ingresos de los hombres y mujeres. ambos hacian el mismo trabajo pero porque es mujer no sé le aumentaba tanto como al marido. me sorprendi que William era muy adelantado a su tiempo y responde " Tu trabajas tanto como yo , mereces ganar lo mismo" . la chica decide poner su propio colegio para ganar mas y su marido la apoya. de hecho su marido la designa como la directora y él toma un papel mas pequeño. no puedo decir que es un hombre sumiso o débil sino inteligente porque comprendió las virtudes de su amada y supo aprovecharlas. la protagonista no será una genio ni una de esas " femenistas " actuales que gritan por ciertos aspectos sino ella lucha por la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres. Ojála en ese tiempo hubiera hombres como William que hayan apoyado a sus esposas , hijas , hermanas , compañeras etc. un relato sencillo y hermoso que en otros escritores no hubiera resultado tan asombroso pero Charlotte lo hace de nuevo y eso que fue uno de sus primeros trabajos antes de Jane Eyre. ¿habrá pelicula?

  • Sonya
    2019-04-24 00:11

    رمان "پروفسور" نخستين اثر شارلوت برونته مي باشد كه بعد نگارش ازطرف ناشرين مورد قبول واقع نشد. در واقع بعد نگارش رمان جين اير، شارلوت برونته به شهرت رسيد و آثار وي مورد توجه قرار گرفت و اين اثر وي بعد مرگش لنتشار يافته است. در اين اثر بايد رماني ساده و روان مواجه هستيم كه سرنوشت انساني كه مي خواهد آينده اش را خودش بسازد به تصوير كشيده شده است. نكته ي قابل توجه اي كه در اين اثر و جين اير ديده مي شود اين است كه نويسنده به ارائه تصويري با جذابيت هاي ظاهري از شخصيت هاي زن اثر نمي پردازد و بيشتر بر توانايي هاي ذهني و عقلي آنها تاكيد مي كند

  • Eristina
    2019-04-20 01:02

    Dok se Charlotte Bronte sigurno ističe svojim bogatim stilom i sposobnošću da zorno prikaže likove i mjesto radnje, ipak se vide neke stvari koje ukazuju da je riječ o prvom romanu. Više od polovine romana je usmjereno na prikazivanje glavnoga lika i njegovom potragom za poslom koji na kraju dobije postavši profesor zbog čeka je djelo i nazvano Profesor, a mnogim čitateljima bi se to učinilo prilično dosadnim. Unatoč djelovima koji govore protiv predrasuda, kod glavnog lika se neprestano pojavljuje karakterizacija lika prema njegovom porijeklu pri čemu Bronte neprestano uzdiže Engleze nad drugim narodima i protestantizam nad katoličanstvom. Samo jedan lik u djelu se protivi tom viđenju i on je naizgled trenutno pobjeđen razumom tada zaručnice glavnoga lika koja će kasnije unaprijediti status u onaj supruge. Glavnog lika krasi neprestana suzdržanost i izrazit ponos zbog svoje samokontrole i porijekla te promatra druge likove izrazitom kritičnosti koju ipak usmjeravaju njegove ideje i ideali.

  • Liisa
    2019-04-14 03:42

    The Professor is the first novel Charlotte Bronte ever wrote, but the last to published. I feel like Charlotte was still searching for her own style when writing this story and I found it a bit less accomplished than the other novels I´ve read from her, but that´s to be expected. And it´s very entertaining nonetheless. The main character being male brought a new view point to the book´s setting as I´ve pretty much only read about it from the women´s point of view. It was interesting to see how it might have been for a man to live in the 1800th century England, and in this case The Netherlands as well. The story is straight forward and quite simple, what plot twists Charlotte tried to create were easy to foresee. But that didn´t matter. What I enjoyed most about The Professor is it´s atmosphere, descriptions of the time and place, relationship struggles and in the end, a lovely, heart warming romance. Though something that did bother me somewhat is when Charlotte over described things, or people to be more precise. There are painfully long descriptions of people we would never hear from again. I understand that Charlotte has the skill for writing about the way people look, but enough is enough. Especially for such a short novel. Anyway, reading something from the Bronte sisters always makes me happy. And it was extra interesting to see where Charlotte´s journey to becoming one the world`s best known authors began.

  • Sara
    2019-04-20 06:06

    William Crimsworth cedo perdeu os pais e foi criado e educado pelos tios, mas quando chega a idade de decidir o seu futuro este separa-se dos tios por estes quererem mandar no destino a dar a esse futuro. Parte então para junto do irmão que é bastante rico e passa a trabalhar para ele no seu escritório.O seu irmão nunca o trata como irmão mas como mero empregado, usando e abusando da sua superioridade para com o irmão. William conhece Hunsden um homem bondoso e bastante exigente, que se move em meios de grande influência e junto de políticos, filósofos etc.Este terá um cunho importante na saida de William da fábrica do irmão para passar a ser professor de Inglês num colégio na Bélgica.Este é a primeira obra publicada por Charlotte Brontë com um pseudónimo masculino. É uma história simples com personagens fortes e com um carácter bem vincado e único. São personagens que não deixam de fugir aos seus princípios por se encontrarem em dificuldades, que procuram a bondade, a inteligência e compatibilidade na pessoa que querem para casar em vez de alguém fútil, sem interesses mas cheio de posses. Identifiquei-me bastante com isso.Gosto bastante da escritora, tem uma escrita simples e fluída, um enredo simples e educativo no sentido de colocar em perspectiva todos os nossos princípios. A leitura dos seus clássicos passa a correr e nem nos damos conta das páginas a passar.Recomendo bastante.

  • Bojan Gacic
    2019-04-07 23:03

    How wonderful it is to see a woman writing from a male perspective, and doing so with such authority, that we can simply nod in approbation. ''The Professor'' belongs to, what I like to call, the ''Austen/Bronte'' literary club, therefore, if one has experienced a novel belonging to the before mentioned group of socially and emotionally oppressed women, he/she will have an inkling of what's to come.''The Professor'', besides the male protagonist, bears few dissimilarities to its predecessors. Apart that it's probably the only Victorian novel that I can't picture as a motion picture, all other hints and elements came to me as a well-known and recognized continuity of ambitious men, even more ambitious women, difference in class/rank/status, etc. -the entire composition engulfed in the ideals of Victorian repression, and the ever-present power play between the sexes.Nothing novel or innovative about ''The Professor''- yet, this is not why any of us turns to the classics- we retreat to the ''an oldie but a goodie'' section for one single purpose- reaffirmation that all the nonsense and afflictions present today were proportionately onerous centuries ago. This provides some of us with comfort, for whichever reason.

  • Mel
    2019-04-05 05:12

    I bought this when I was 16. I started reading it immediately when I bought it. I am now 22, 6 years later, and I am still reading this. To put it bluntly: this book was horrible. Not only is a good portion of it in France French, it was supposedly about a professor who falls in love with a student but I read 110/170 pages and that storyline didn't even start yet. Really just a terrible book that I absolutely never recommend to anyone.

  • wutheringhheights_
    2019-03-26 04:55

    La qualità della scrittura è altissima, ed è un piacere autentico leggere Charlotte Brontë per questo motivo. C'è tanta poesia, tanta profondità nelle sue descrizioni fisiche e psicologiche. Come ha scritto Virginia Woolf: "Leggiamo Charlotte Brontë non per la squisita osservazione del personaggio, non per la commedia, non per una visione filosofica della vita, ma per la poesia."Concordo appieno con queste parole.Non ho dato le cinque stelline perché il personaggio maschile, William Crimsworth, non mi ha ispirato quella simpatia che ho sentito leggendo Jane Eyre e Villette. L'ho trovato un po' troppo arrogante, e nonostante la giovanissima età capace di prendere decisioni fin troppo assennate. Come avrebbe detto il Professor Piton, un so tutto io. Però la prosa della Brontë rimane troppo bella, quindi lo consiglio comunque a tutti i suoi amanti.

  • Pink
    2019-04-09 04:45

    Loved this for the majority and I spent most of the novel wondering why everyone discounts it as one of her lessor works, or only praises it as a practice piece for Villette. I lost a little of that love in the end, as Charlotte didn't seem to know when to stop and felt the need to wrap up her story with a happy ending and long explanation of married life. I think she learned her lesson not to do that again. Although sadly, perhaps this was the only time in her life when she thought such a happy ever after was possible.

  • Molly
    2019-04-09 01:11

    Também aqui:http://oimaginariodoslivros.blogspot....Gosto muito de ler romances, apesar de não ser o género que mais abunda na minha estante. Tenho sempre receio de apostar na leitura de romances, pois sei que é um género que eu gosto muito mas que nem sempre apresenta as características que eu mais aprecio neste género. Talvez por isso goste tanto de romance fantástico e romance histórico: não se resume a romance, mas com outros ingredientes para expandir a história e o ambiente. Quantas vezes não procuro nos livros fantásticos um grande amor entre as personagens? Não que encontre sempre, mas várias vezes, como aconteceu nas sagas do Assassino, de Robin Hobb; entre algumas personagens das Crónicas de Gelo e Fogo, de George Martin; entre Snape e Lily Evans; Arwen e Aragorn, Beren e Luthien; Kvothe e Denna; no livro "Danças na Floresta", de Juliet Marillier. Talvez por sentir falta dos elementos mais fantásticos, históricos ou aventureiros é o que me afasta, por vezes, dos romances que são "apenas romances". Já li romances pelos quais tenho um grande apreço e é neles que também baseio o meu gosto pelo romance. Exemplo de romance para mim é "O Monte dos Vendavais". Talvez tenha sido o primeiro romance a sério que eu tenha lido e por isso gostado tanto, mas sei que não é apenas por isso. O ambiente da história, as personagens, tudo se encaixa de um modo tão perfeito, belo e mágico, que me fez encontrar nele o romance por excelência. Já li outros romances depois desse, alguns muito bons, mesmo muito bons, mas encontrei agora uma história muito bela também. "O Professor", conta-nos a vida do Professor William Crimsworth, um jovem inglês, órfão, que decide renunciar a todas as ajudas que poderia ter para subir na vida ou manter-se estável, tentando por si mesmo alcançar os seus objetivos e interesses. William vê-se em situações bastante difíceis ao longo da narrativa, das quais tenta sempre tirar algum proveito ou lição para a sua aprendizagem da Vida. William é um exemplo de perseverança e paciência, que, à medida que vai fazendo o seu caminho, vai também descobrindo aqueles que se lhe aparecem pela frente, e também vai descobrindo melhor cada bocadinho de si mesmo, da sua alma e coração. William procura também algo muito especial: o seu amor, a sua alma gémea, encantando-se por alguém diferente do que os costumes da época e talvez de todas as épocas ditassem que era o ideal de mulher. Mas esse caminho não é fácil, e William tem de fazer muitos sacrifícios para conseguir aquilo que mais deseja. Sendo professora, é com bastante interesse que li o dia a dia deste professor do século XIX. Ao longo da história é possível acompanhar as lições e os modos de ensino deste professor e de outros que vão aparecendo, o que para mim é bastante interessante uma vez que me dá uma perspectiva da educação e do ensino desta época, que é uma das épocas históricas que mais gosto, a par da Idade Média. William, ao contar a sua história, dá-nos a observar os porquês das suas atitudes e comportamentos, fazendo-nos ver como ele pensa e age. O livro tem um grande cariz reflexivo e introspectivo, o que também achei bastante interessante, pois dá a compreender os pontos de vista da personagem. As descrições são também bastante belas. Existem ainda bastantes metáforas ao longo da história que são muito interessantes e bem descritas, com uns laivos de autentico romantismo. As imagens góticas e um pouco obscuras que por vezes aparecem associadas às metáforas e às personificações estão soberbas, bem como as descrições dos sentimentos e dos ambientes. As personagens são bem reais, interessantes e bem contextualizadas, bem como as suas ações, pensamentos e sentimentos. Tudo isto dá um cariz bastante real à obra, caracterizando bem os tempos nela apresentados. Uma vez que a obra foi escrita por Charlotte Bronte através de um pseudónimo masculino, e uma vez que os costumes da época tendiam a que as mulheres de "bem" não se deveriam remeter a assuntos literários, científicos e de maior conta do que aqueles vistos pela sociedade como os corretos para as senhoras, a autora mostra-nos que o amor não se resumia a amar mulheres desprovidas de inteligência mais astuta e homens de bela e soberba figura, nem que o dinheiro era tudo e que muito mais poderia ser alcançado pela luta fiel e justa do dia a dia justo e fiel a propósitos morais e intelectuais mais elevados. Uma obra fascinante, simples, bela e muito romântica que eu gostei realmente muito. Excelente!!!

  • Amena
    2019-04-02 04:10

    Telling the story of a professor who becomes involved with 2 women in 2 very unique ways, this is a truly wonderful Bronte novel. I adore the way Charlotte writes and tells her tales. There is always something so tangible about them. Capturing themes of loneliness, love, friendship and being deceived amongst many, this novel is based on Charlotte's experiences of teaching and studying in Brussels. I adored the descriptions of the streets and the how well she has captured this. I have 2 negatives for this book. It contains some very long passages that I had to go back, slow down and read again in order to truly understand them. I also disliked the fact that parts of the novel are in French and not translated, with the assumption the reader understand their meaning. This is particularly frustrating when The Professor and one of his women have a conversation in their home. I desperately wanted to understand parts of their conversation!!!! However it still doesn't retract from my love of the author or the novel.

  • Ishmael
    2019-04-12 23:49

    “The Professor” is in many ways the concentration of Brontë, C's chief art; it demonstrates that she could be really quite tedious even in fewer than 300 pages.We always have to give books of the Victorian era some licence. The contemporary reader might raise an eyebrow when a phrase such as “rich as a Jew” crops up in a text, wince at the ingrained sexism of the time, or gloss over a wicked character described as dark-skinned or looking suspiciously like a gypsy (Hello, Brontë, E!), but we tend to let it go in the wider context of the novel and acknowledge that the writers were inevitably products of their time.But even by nineteenth century standards, “The Professor” is jaw-droppingly bigoted. That the bigotry is mostly aimed at Belgians may make a refreshing change – it's not often you see Belgians taking this kind of flak – but the superior attitude is so pervasive and ill-tempered as to cloud the entire novel; it'd be invidious if it weren't so comically haughty.And, really, don't get Brontë started on Catholicism. She could, and does, bore for Protestant England.The narrator is thoroughly unsympathetic, in part due to his xenophobia (or patriotism, if you prefer it), in part due to his otherwise generally being an uppity arsehead. He invites us to believe that people's characters can be read in their physiognomy, and even flirts a little with – then faddish – phrenology. You rather hope he gets his comeuppance and learns to be more liberally-minded or empathetic. He doesn't. There is no arc or learning curve for William Crimsworth. He's the good guy, so presumably we're supposed to root for him when he's sternly telling his Swiss fiancée, while they're both based in Belgium, that she should bally well speak to him in English. Brontë based “The Professor” on her own experiences in Belgium. It appears to be an unpercolated exercise in wish fulfilment in which she has revivified her own unrequited attraction to a teacher and placed it under a thin fictive veil. Herein she has made the classic error of believing that because something happened to her (ish), it must automatically make a diverting story to others. Consequently, her plot is underdeveloped and her characters unpersuasive. She has wrapped her observations of the Belgian school system in a routine but sub-par romance, and her insistence on rigorous naturalism ensures that there isn't enough conflict to sustain the device – even if we did care enough about Crimsworth to hope he gets the girl.All round, “The Professor” is a thunking, nasty failure. The story isn't ordinarily classed among Brontë's juvenilia, and the author takes pains in the introduction to inform us it is not her first attempt at writing a novel – but it's not a piece of work on which her reputation could sensibly rest. Its main interest is surely academic; it must lie in tracing the artist's development. (She apparently reused elements for “Villette”.) While we must give Victorian literature some licence, we can do so only where the work has enough merit to otherwise speak to us a century and a half on. Without that merit, you're just left with sour-tasting dust in your mouth.

  • Chiara Pagliochini
    2019-04-04 00:03

    «Cosa sapevo io del carattere femminile, prima dell’arrivo a Bruxelles? Veramente poco. E che idea ne avevo? Qualcosa di vago, leggero, trasparente, scintillante. Adesso, venutovi a contatto, trovavo che era una sostanza abbastanza palpabile. Anche molto dura, a volte, e spesso pesante. C’era metallo dentro: piombo e ferro.»Potrei perdonare a Charlotte Brontё questo romanzo, se non avesse scritto Jane Eyre. Ma non posso tacere, non posso non indignarmi per il confronto ingrato e inevitabile. Potremmo bollare Il professore come romanzo dell’immaturità, prova narrativa minore, e finirla lì. Ma saremmo bugiardi in entrambe le affermazioni: Il professore non è un romanzo immaturo, né un romanzo minore. Si tratta, invece, di un romanzo sfacciatamente, penosamente diverso, improntato a un realismo pedagogico che ben si sposa con quello di tanti contemporanei della Brontё, ma che è piuttosto deprimente ritrovare in lei. Voce narrante del romanzo è William Crimsworth, giovane professore inglese, trasferitosi a Bruxelles dopo un fallimentare avvio di carriera nel commercio. Crimsworth non è – e non vuol essere – un alter ego dell’autrice né, tantomeno, un’anticipazione del potere di fascinazione di Jane: è, al contrario, un individuo noioso, pedante, anglocentrico, vanesio, a tratti razzista, certamente sessista, privo di ogni attrattiva. Attraverso lo sguardo di Crimsworth, la Brontё indaga il rapporto ambivalente, mai scevro di lati oscuri, tra insegnante e discente e tra uomo e donna, che nel romanzo trova il suo vertice nella relazione tra lo stesso protagonista e una delle sue allieve, Frances. È a Frances che dobbiamo guardare per avere un assaggio – ma solo una punta di cucchiaino – di Jane Eyre: Frances con la sua autonomia di giudizio, con la ferma volontà che la spinge al riscatto da una condizione di subordinazione sociale, attraverso l’istruzione e poi l’indipendenza lavorativa.Ma neanche il ritratto di Frances e certi passaggi piuttosto acuti, frasette di un cinismo e di una lucida capacità di penetrazione (voce di Charlotte, non certo di Crimsworth), riescono a riscattare il romanzo dalla cappa di noia di cui avvolge colpevolmente il lettore. Una noia con cui potremmo essere più indulgenti in una riflessiva giornata novembrina, ma che risulta del tutto intollerabile su un telo da spiaggia, sotto un ombrellone piantato nel sacro suolo del Salento.

  • Meredith Holley (Sparrow)
    2019-04-19 00:47

    Charlotte Bronte is such a self-righteous biotch.

  • Ilaria
    2019-04-18 00:47

    "Al sole e nella prosperità i fiori sono bellissimi; eppure sono tanti i giorni piovosi nella vita, stagioni disgraziate di Novembre, quando il focolare e la casa di un uomo sarebbero davvero freddi, senza il bagliore luminoso e confortante dell'intelletto!"Il professore è l'ultimo romanzo di Charlotte Brontë che la Fazi ha ripubblicato per noi. Primo libro scritto dalla Brontë ma pubblicato solamente due anni dopo la morte dell'autrice. Anche in questo caso l'autrice trae spunto dalla sua esperienza in Belgio e, per la prima e unica volta, lascia che a narrare la storia sia un personaggio maschile. William Crimsworth è un uomo che lascia un lavoro duro e deludente nello Yorkshire e si trasferisce in Belgio dove spera di riuscire a costruirsi un futuro migliore. Arrivato a Bruxelles, William trova lavoro come insegnante di inglese in due istituti rinomati della città. William si innamora di Frances, una delle sue allieve più promettenti, ma non sarà facile per i due giovani trovare il modo di superare le difficoltà e vivere la vita che desiderano.Il professore, nonostante sia il primo libro scrittodalla Brontë, è un romanzo che già lasciava intuire il grande talento della scrittrice. Lei stessa definì alcune parti di questo romanzo come "il punto più alto della sua scrittura".Ormai credo sia risaputo quanto io ami i romanzi di epoca vittoriana e la stessa Charlotte Brontë, sto cercando infatti di leggere tutti i suoi romanzi e grazie alla Fazi sono a buon punto!Rispetto ai suoi precedenti romanzi, Il professore è diverso, sia per la voce narrante che per la prima volta è un uomo, sia per lo stile dell'autrice che con questo romanzo volle raccontare una storia realistica. William è un personaggio particolare, è un uomo colto e sensibile che purtroppo non ha avuto la fortuna di avere una vita facile. Il trasferimento in Belgio è proprio un modo in cui cerca di trovare la sua strada, e in effetti la trova diventando un insegnante. L'incontro con la giovane Frances, una donna che sembra avere un'anima affine alla sua, lo spingono per la prima volta a valutare l'ipotesi di legarsi per sempre a qualcuno, nonostante le mille difficoltà che potrebbero derivarne.Tra i libri della Brontë forse questo è quello che ho preferito meno. Ovviamente mi è piaciuto, parliamo sempre di una scrittrice dall'immenso talento che riesce a farti entrare nella storia in un attimo, ma rispetto agli altri suoi romanzi che ho letto l'ho trovato meno incisivo.Probabilmente preferisco quando a narrare la storia sono i personaggi femminili, nonostante sia stata bravissima a dar voce ad un uomo come William rendendo giustizia alla sua persona e caratterizzandolo perfettamente, trovo che la Brontë dia il meglio di sè con le protagoniste femminili.Lo stile è quello che conosciamo benissimo, anche se si tratta del suo primo romanzo la sua impronta è inconfondibile. La storia è scorrevole, delicata, i personaggi sono interessanti e le descrizioni dei luoghi sempre perfette. Mi è piaciuto molto il fatto che i personaggi siano persone normali, con problemi comuni, la storia è molto realistica e non si perde in frivolezze inutili. Nella giovane Frances ho visto qualcosa di quella che sarebbe poi diventata Jane Eyre, una donna dall'animo forte e indipendente che non si lascia abbattere dalle difficoltà.Pur non essendo il mio preferito tra i suoi romanzi, trovo che Il professore sia comunque una lettura molto bella e interessante, uno step essenziale per chi vuole approfondire lo stile di Charlotte Brontë.