3. Wuthering Heights & Orlando

3. Wuthering Heights & Orlando

By Pandora Sykes

It's episode 3 of Book Chat! And this month we are travelling hundreds of years back, to a book Pandora's always wanted to read (Orlando, by Virginia Woolf) and one of Bobby's all-time favourites (Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.) Last episode, Pandora groaned at the prospect of Wuthering Heights, which she read - and loathed - for GCSE. So has she changed her mind? We discuss the two books and also the culture around the two authors: the upper-class, sexually liberal art collective, the Bloomsbury group, which Virginia Woolf was part of, and 'the Bronte myth' which has become part of the Wuthering Heights lore. How were the books received at the time - and do they stand up as modern reads? 

Other books/ articles mentioned:

You Be Mother, by Meg Mason

Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Mrs Dalloway, Jacob's Room, A Room of One's Own, The Waves and To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf 

Terrible literary wigs that I have known and loved, by Maddie Rodriquez for Book Riot https://bookriot.com/terrible-literary-wigs-i-have-known-and-loved/

Who's Virginia Woolf afraid of? by Stephen Unwin for Byline Times https://bylinetimes.com/2022/12/22/whos-virginia-woolf-afraid-of/

Emily, 2022 film https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.985aca68-2553-4b7e-83de-1b6465a3a8e4?autoplay=0&ref_=atv_cf_strg_wb

Orlando, a play directed by Michael Grandage, on now at The Garrick

Our books for Episode 4 are:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid

All That Man Is, by David Szalay

You can get in touch bookchatpod@gmail.com

Sound by Joel Grove and production by Pandora Sykes.

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