Review | The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Review | The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Author: Anne Brontë
Genre: Classics, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½

The book started with a letter by Gilbert Markham describing a mysterious widow with a young boy named Arthur, of no known acquaintance or lineage who moved to a nearby dilapidated mansion, Wildfell Hall. The lady is called Mrs. Graham who liked to stay aloof and didn’t savor the company of her neighbors. Her son remained indoors mostly in her vicinity. Who was this woman? What made her protective of her son?

As opposed to Charlotte, Anne’s writing style is a bit different. She focused on the plot line more than the characters. Because none of the characters had distinctive disposition except the protagonist. Helen was quintessential, resolute, dignified and stubborn too in her own way. True, she made mistakes but she endured the consequences with grace and perseverance. However, her pacifism somewhat seemed dragged as the book became slow paced. For this, I can say that not to forget the book was written in a different era altogether.

Sometimes, while reading a 19th-century classic one unintentionally look forward to the romantic aspect. Surprisingly, this book was solely centered around Helen’s story which was refreshing to me as I didn’t expect it and was engrossed in her life through the diary. On the other hand, Gilbert and Helen’s relationship was a loose end for me because as a reader I couldn’t comprehend how and when did they fell for each other after everything Helen had been through and knowing what Gilbert had perceived of her.

In spite of excellent language and writing, this book remains a 3.5 star for me. This is not the first Brontë which you should read but surely you can read it after reading Charlotte’s or Emily’s works.

Let me know in the comments if you have read this book.

Happy Reading!

4 thoughts on “Review | The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  1. I read this book back in high school after reading Charlotte and Emily’s works. Not many people that I know of even know about Anne’s book at all which is not surprising considering the book doesn’t have the specific qualities that made her sister’s novels famous.

    Anne, to me, is the third sister who wanted to try her hand at writing, but did not have the same talent as the others. With what I can remember, the book dragged, I got lost in the sea of information and questions about Helen and like you, I did not see the romance coming. Sure, the aspect that it was written in the 19th Century is there, but Charlotte and Emily wrote then as well and you can pinpoint how the romance occurred and saw it progress.

    I’m so happy someone else has read this!

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    1. Thank you for reading. And, I totally agree with you. Having read Charlotte and Emily’s books before I can see why Anne’s works are underrated. Her sister’s book makes one fall in love with the characters. But, I was disappointed that none of the characters were well thought of. I am glad that you and I have similar opinions on this.

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