Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic by Elisabetta Stoinich
|Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic by Elisabetta Stoinich|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A very pleasing selection of quotes from the classic and ink line designs for you to colour. There's something to please all standards of artistry.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? No|
|Pages: 80||Date: September 2016|
|Publisher: Little Tiger Press|
Wuthering Heights is one of the classics which has stood the test of time. At the time of its publication in December 1847 reviews were mixed, not least because of the start depictions of mental and physical cruelty and it certainly wasn't in line with how Victorians felt that life should be lived. But the book hung in there and before long it was considered superior to Emily Bronte's sister Charlotte's Jane Eyre. There have been films, adaptations and now - a colouring book. But does the book capture the nature of the landscape and the people who inhabited it a hundred and seventy years ago?
I was pleasantly surprised. One of the first double page spreads, showing Lockwood arriving Wuthering Heights grasps the nature of the moors, where trees grow sideways, if at all. It's a harsh, punishing landscape and Elisabetta Stoinich has it almost perfectly. I loved the picture of the main door and it's a delight to colour for someone of my limited artistic skills. Since I've been colouring I've learned to dread large expanses of face as I find it difficult to get the shading correctly, but there are no large faces in this book, which was a relief. There are plenty of complex designs of the type which can steal an hour for a relatively small area, but somehow you feel so much more relaxed at the end of it.
I liked the mixture of large and small designs: there are plenty of designs which absorb hours and days, but plenty of smaller pieces which are happily completed in minutes rather than hours but which still give a sense of satisfaction. The paper used in the book is of high quality and colours don't bleed through from the reverse - even when you use a thick-nibbed black felt tip pen, just to see what happens!
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
If this book appeals then you might also enjoy A Colouring Classic: Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice by Chellie Carroll. For more Gothic designs, do have a look at Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Colouring Classic by the same artist.
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