About the book
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious ‘tenant’ of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father’s influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her.
Reviewed by Southsea Literature Group:
Generally agreed that ‘feet of clay’ was an apt description of the book and some editing would have helped it. However, book led to much discussion of society at the time, women’s role in it and the Bronte family background. Book actually raises many issues that even modern writers fail to explore. Not our favourite book, but certainly stimulating.
Star rating: ***