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  • Title: How To Be a Heroine
  • Author: Samantha Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780701187514
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover

  • How To Be a Heroine By Samantha Ellis While debating literature s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation her whole life, she s been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre.With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies the characters and the writers whom she hasWhile debating literature s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation her whole life, she s been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre.With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies the characters and the writers whom she has loved since childhood From early obsessions with the March sisters to her later idolization of Sylvia Plath, Ellis evaluates how her heroines stack up today And, just as she excavates the stories of her favorite characters, Ellis also shares a frank, often humorous account of her own life growing up in a tight knit Iraqi Jewish community in London Here a life long reader explores how heroines shape all our lives.
    Samantha Ellis
    Samantha Ellis is a playwright and journalist The daughter of Iraqi Jewish refugees she grew up in London Her non fiction books are How to be a Heroine 2014 and Take Courage Anne Bront and the Art of Life 2017 Her plays include Cling to me Like Ivy, Operation Magic Carpet and How to Date a Feminist She has written prefaces for Anne Bront s Agnes Grey Vintage Classics and Amber Reeves s A Lady and her Husband Persephone Books.

    How To Be a Heroine By Samantha Ellis


    this is a wonderful book it s 3 4 memoir, 1 4 lit crit feminist studies, all laid out in this charming, self reflective way that s not shrill and agenda laden just one woman revisiting the heroines that shaped her life along her reading journey, and reevaluating them as an adult to see if her admiration of them has held up in many cases, it has not i was a little apprehensive at first, reading the table of contents The Little MermaidAnne of Green GablesLizzy BennetScarlett O HaraFranny GlassEsth [...]

    Rebecca Foster
    Well, the subtitle Or, What I ve Learned from Reading too Much is just preposterous there s no such thing as too much reading Setting that aside, however, this bibliomemoir is terrific fun It s not literary criticism so much as personal enthusiasm, but that s no bad thing The early lit crit lite of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, for instance is pretty poor, in fact, so it s for the best that Ellis highlights many less well known titles with female authors and or protagonists She also makes par [...]

    Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    Loved this book Although I m not sure who ended up loving it me or my kitty, Kairi

    Those who don t enjoy reading may assume it s a solitary activity, and they d be partly correct because page turning physical or virtual is usually done alone But we literature lovers crave community as much as any social animal It s why we join book clubs and haunt web sites like GoodReads, BookLikes, and of course Austenprose We love to connect with other readers to share passions, recount experiences, and exchange opinions about books And reading about reading is an irresistible meta pleasure [...]

    SpoilersA bookish memoir of sorts about Samantha Ellis s complicated and changing relationship with fictional heroines Good chunks of it were engrossing and fun to read, mainly when it was centred on books I knew Other parts I wasn t as interested in, like when books I was unfamiliar with were discussed or when the author banged on and on about which heroines to look to for advice inspiration aspirations mimicry Found the parts about Samantha s family, her religion, and culture the most interest [...]

    One of those books you wish you could have written Full review to come shortly Update This book and I just clicked As both a feminist and an avid reader of classics, I simply can t comprehend my love for Samantha Ellis brilliant, beautifully written and unbelievably insightful read In many a sense, the only way I can begin to describe How to be a Heroine is that it s like having a tea party with many old friends at points the book was informal, at times you began to rejudge a character, but alwa [...]

    Samantha Ellis decides to revisit the books she loved in her youth The result is a very amusing, often moving memoir I loved the mix of her own life with that of her literary heroines.Ellis grew up in England as part of an Iraqi Jewish family something she often felt very claustrophobic about and longed to escape Her family had rigid expectations for her which they were not afraid of expressing and against which she battled She often looked to her heroines for inspiration and guidance.Ellis come [...]

    I loved this, exactly as I knew I would How to be a Heroine is partly a memoir, and partly a literary analysis of a wide range of some of the most beloved novels From Andersens The Little Mermaid and Bront s Wuthering Heights to Shirley Conrans Lace , Samantha Ellis explores the books that she has loved throughout her childhood and adult life She returns to Anne of Green Gables only to find that Anne Shirley s courage has gradually faded away, and she returns to Jane Austen and find her wit as s [...]

    Girl with her Head in a Book
    By title alone I was always going to want to read this Reading the synopsis turned it into an over whelming need, particularly since nearly all the books on the cover were all ones that I had adored passionately too I wanted this book so bad I didn t even wait for the paperback Having finished it, I just want to invite Samantha Ellis round for a cup of tea so we can talk things over further I would even be prepared to bake for the occasion I really like baking so that isn t a hardship but my poi [...]

    Reet Champion
    Fictional heroines have inspired girls for generations and generations as well as amassed their own large fandoms Their wit, their charm and their ability to come through and not the most challenging things has even proven helpful in helping some of us soldier through as we learn from their fictional examples that at times prove painfully true in reality Samantha Ellis takes readers to reexamine their roles and shed a different light on some the world s favorite characters.Like a lot of things i [...]

    Samantha Ellis has chosen a magnificent concept for her new book Literature has had a great impact on her and she has used characters to understand her own life and find solutions The book mixes characters from different books and time periods, and Ellis herself is one of them Her own life is woven into the fabric The reader gets to know how her parents wanted her to marry a Iraqi Jewish man How she struggled to be able to leave her home and go to Cambridge where Sylvia Plath once studied.Ellis [...]

    3.4 stars I enjoyed reading about the impact of novels on the author s life I especially liked her writings about re reads of books that she loved as a child and how she thought about them differently as an adult But.I thought Ellis followed her What I ve Learned from Reading premise too literally, approaching novels like instruction manuals Her lessons learned felt forced rather than truly heartfelt For every important decision, the author apparently has followed the directive of a particular c [...]

    Reading Ladies Imagine you could isolate the part of yourself that is really passionate about books, that has been really passionate about books since you were but a wee girl, that s spent years and years turning over pages of the books in your hands and then turning over those pages still in your mind And then, imagine that you could clone this part of yourself.Then imagine that this clone of yourself got bitten by a radioactive spider, and then imagine that radioactive spider just happened to [...]

    Panda Incognito
    This book is part memoir and part literary analysis, and I enjoyed what the author had to say about her personal experiences and how books have shaped her The first few chapters, which were related to characters I grew up with, resonated with me and gave me some new insights I agree with the author s criticism of Little Women, but think she was too hard on L.M Montgomery s Anne The argument is that Anne lost herself in adulthood when she started a family and gave up her writing, but personally, [...]

    Rashmirekha Basu
    Some books sing to you Some books you devour because , as you turn the pages, rapt and eager,you are amazed by the truant familiarity of it This is the book you would wish you could have written that,in your less pragmatic moments, you think you could have written If you have a friend who was infamous for reading novels surreptitiously during class, who is never without a book and who explains her emotional frame of mind using fictional characters as points of reference, gift her and it HAS to b [...]

    Initially, I was leery of this one being described as feminist , but wasn t much of a problem as it turned out More of an issue was that I hadn t read the books she focused on, or didn t recall many details if I had common with me so, a grounding in Little Women, Jane Austen, etc would help Her Iraqi Jewish background is also part of the story she s actually a first generation native Londoner Other reviewers have said that they disagree with her perspective, which is fine I found the writing qua [...]

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Samantha Ellis is a reader And not just any ol readere s a fabulous reader, a careful reader, a thoughtful reader Just the kind of reader you d love to have as a friend Or in your book club Or as the author of a book.Here she takes us on a journey through the books that have influenced her life All the books she shares here contain heroines, and some of them have been strong and happily influential and some of them have not I loved this book A nice trip through some great literature.

    Interesting, comforting, familiar, useful I want to lend this out to everyone, regardless of gender.

    How to be a heroine un saggio scritto da Samantha Ellis, una drammaturga inglese con radici ebraico irachene.La riflessione inizia durante una gita a Haworth quando Samantha e la sua migliore amica si ritrovano sulle tracce di Emily Bront e di Cime Tempestose Inizia tra le due una discussione in cui l amica esprime la propria preferenza per Charlotte, apparentemente sciatta ma in realt pacata e decisa piuttosto che a Catherine che s , vive un a assoluto ma resta una persona debole e insicura cos [...]

    Samantha Ellis is nothing if not disarming After three years of English at Cambridge, being force fed literary theory, I was almost convinced that literature was all coded messages about Marxism and the death of the self, she writes I crawled out of the post structuralist desert thirsty for heroines I could cry and laugh with I was jaded, I craved trash So I picked up Jacqueline Susann s salacious 1966 bestseller Valley of the Dolls How to be a Heroine is a memoir told via books and their heroin [...]

    This much than a book about books, it is a work of feminism, literary criticism and memoir and it is a book about books I loved every bit of it, meeting up with my own literary heroines, and encountering new ones or ones I had forgotten about.The book started life as a conversation between the author Samantha Ellis and her best friend Emma On a trip to the Yorkshire moors Bronte country they were arguing about whether they would rather be Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre, Samantha had been trying to [...]

    I loved this book and devoured it in one large gulp Author Samantha Ellis takes us on her journey of trying to make sense of her life through her reading of novels and trying to figure out what or who a heroine is Starting with a debate with her best friend about literary heroines, she comes to the realization that she s been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights.This leads her on a retrospective look at the literary characters whom she has loved from childhood Starting with Sleeping [...]

    All my heroines, yes, even the Little Mermaid, even poor dull listless Sleeping Beauty, have given me this sense of possibility They made me feel I wasn t forced to live out the story my family wanted for me, that I wasn t doomed to plod forward to a fate predetermined by God, that I didn t need to be defined by my seizures, or trapped in fictions of my own making, or shaped by other people s stories That I wanted to write my own life Saggio molto interessante l autrice prende spunto da una disc [...]

    So feminist So thought provoking So wonderful.Samantha Ellis How to Be a Heroine is one of the most inspiring books I ve read in a long while You should be able to come out of every book having learnt something, and here I learnt some amazing things.As Ellis ends with, there s no formula for being a heroine, but you are heroic by being free, and uncaged but unapologetically you There are so many heroines in this book, who after all really aren t entirely heroic, Jo from Little Women stops writin [...]

    Gjorde en ganska l ng paus med den h r, men kom sedan tillbaka och ihh s mysig den r Jag lskar respekten och v rdnaden med vilken Ellis behandlar, v rderar och omv rderar sina hj ltinnor och hur de p verkat henne genom livet Blir s sugen p att l sa och i vissa fall l sa om alla ber ttelser hon behandlar, och n r hon sedan avslutar med Patti Smith s Just Kids och Sheherazade fr n Tusen och en natt r jag helt s ld Alla som lskar att l sa och som p n got s tt lever sitt liv i relation till sina lit [...]

    It made me laugh a couple of times, and brought back girlhood reads of similar imaginings In some ways you learned as much about Samantha Ellis as you did about relative psychological applications for our bookish heroines She s a honest person, seems truthful than she needed to be Also in each chapter lots of feminist application, nuggets of insight to our icons of literary heroines It was fun, but to paraphrase it into her own language re a couple of her females with bleak ends, also maddening [...]

    All the spoilers were worth it

    Feminist literary criticism memoir fantastic.

    I m a feminist And I m a reader And I ve known this lady for all my life.So it felt like coming home And I feel you, Samantha Despite it all, I will always be a Cathy too.

    My thanks to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Vintage for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.This book would have been so much better as two books As it stands, it s a mishmash of memoir and literary criticism The memoir part was really interesting The author is an Iraqi Jew who s family was forced out of Iraq due to their religion They live a very specific, sheltered life in England, wishing to go back home, but knowing the entire time that they can t They love their hom [...]

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