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Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester. Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester.


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Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester. Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of Brontë's story about an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysterious and remote Mr. Rochester.

30 review for Jane Eyre - The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to find this graphic novel. I was a bit apprehensive at first - a 600 page novel crammed into a comic strip? Not sure that's going to work... I was worried that the language would be diluted beyond recognition, but this was not the case! All the original dialogue is used and the illustrations are beautiful. I think it would definitely entice someone to read the original if they haven't already. If I Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to find this graphic novel. I was a bit apprehensive at first - a 600 page novel crammed into a comic strip? Not sure that's going to work... I was worried that the language would be diluted beyond recognition, but this was not the case! All the original dialogue is used and the illustrations are beautiful. I think it would definitely entice someone to read the original if they haven't already. If I have one complaint, that is that Jane (plain Jane) looked like a pin-up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I just reread Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte!) and loved it, think it’s deservedly one of the Great Books, with a wonderful young heroine. I also just coincidentally read Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, that among other things advocates for the reading of Whole Books, (surprise, surprise), not abbreviated versions of books, like Reader’s Digest books, but also implicitly not comics adaptations of books. So, you ask, is there any use in a graphic novel version of Jane Eyre, given that--if we agree I just reread Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte!) and loved it, think it’s deservedly one of the Great Books, with a wonderful young heroine. I also just coincidentally read Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, that among other things advocates for the reading of Whole Books, (surprise, surprise), not abbreviated versions of books, like Reader’s Digest books, but also implicitly not comics adaptations of books. So, you ask, is there any use in a graphic novel version of Jane Eyre, given that--if we agree it is a good book, and not just because it is a “classic”--we want everyone to read the original, and several movie versions? There’s already more than 2000 editions of the book listed on Goodreads! I say pretty much yes, and not just because I am a comics guy, because this is pretty good comics, capturing the main story, and is decently illustrated. Since it appears to be directed toward a tween audience, I think it is good there is a list of characters in the back, several useful appendices to help people to get into it, to entice people to read the original. And that is what can happen here with struggling readers; this graphic version can help scaffold students’ reading to help them get into Bronte’s text. And I think there are terrible graphic versions of books that dumb down the book, but this isn’t one. I don’t love the illustration style, but especially hate that they do not list the illustrator or any of the illustration team, if there is one. That shows the publisher’s disrespect for the very enterprise they hope kids will endorse! The dialogue isn’t always enough Bronte, but the story really does capture some of the excitement of the story and Jane’s character, I mean it! I had very low expectations when I picked this up at the library, but it is a pretty good adaptation, really.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sleeping with Ghosts

    Well, this story haunting me since the first time I've read the book. I hoped more from this, but ok, it's a cómic! Short, simple. The graphic desing isn't so beautiful but was nice. Hope to read another version of Jane in a Graphic Novel! Well, this story haunting me since the first time I've read the book. I hoped more from this, but ok, it's a cómic! Short, simple. The graphic desing isn't so beautiful but was nice. Hope to read another version of Jane in a Graphic Novel!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pranta Ghosh Dastider

    A mainstream classic with life story of a girl. It's quite tragic, dramatic, and surprising at times. There are co-incidences, but the storyline makes up for that. It didn't feel slow since it's in comic book format. The art was decent, dialogues were well equipped. Overall a decent love story + social drama. A mainstream classic with life story of a girl. It's quite tragic, dramatic, and surprising at times. There are co-incidences, but the storyline makes up for that. It didn't feel slow since it's in comic book format. The art was decent, dialogues were well equipped. Overall a decent love story + social drama.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie Ellen

    Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite classics - I just love Jane's character and honestly? I find her and Mr Rochester adorable in their dependency on each other for happiness. This was really weird but fun reading it as a graphic novel - I think I will certainly read more classics in this format now! Jane Eyre If you’re not familiar with this classics, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is firstly taken in by a rude aunt, then sent to a boarding Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite classics - I just love Jane's character and honestly? I find her and Mr Rochester adorable in their dependency on each other for happiness. This was really weird but fun reading it as a graphic novel - I think I will certainly read more classics in this format now! Jane Eyre If you’re not familiar with this classics, Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned girl who is firstly taken in by a rude aunt, then sent to a boarding school until, when older, she becomes the governess at Mr Rochester’s estate looking after a vivacious young girl called Adéle. It is ultimately a love story - and somewhat long winded - but has always been one of my favourite classics. The first time I read this was for school some six years ago and I was behind the readings, so I furiously read it all over one or two days and thoroughly enjoyed it, pursuing the storyline at that pace. Jane is a wholly independent and determined character (would you expect anything less from a Brontë?) and I’ve always really liked her as a leading lady. Granted, the love story between her and Mr Rochester feels uncomfortable from my perspective given their age difference (she’s 18 when they meet, him going on 40) - but at the end of the day I’m willing to put that aside given the era and enjoy it for what it’s worth. For whatever reason I’ve always found the imagery of Jane Eyre to be beautiful and appealing to my mind’s eye. This is probably why I enjoy it when so many don’t - the waffly scenes of descriptions I like to paint in my mind’s eye because the detail is so enjoyable to imagine. At the same time, I also love the added tension of the mysterious figure in the house. Classics As Graphic Novels? This is the first classic I have read in a graphic novel form. The result? I already have Pride & Prejudice checked out from the library and ready to go. I think it’s a really clever way of presenting a classic. The images are encouraging for a reader who isn’t so invested in the story - they’re much easier to read and this being a mere 140 pages is certainly more manageable than the actual mammoth size of Jane Eyre. So yes, overall this format of a graphic novel is GENIUS. So if there’s ever a classic I’m intrigued to read but don’t want to do the hard work (Crime & Punishment, perhaps?) then I will pick up the graphic novel form instead. The one thing I would say, is that I enjoyed this take on the classic more so than I enjoyed the film. Which is perhaps food for thought. Illustrations I really enjoyed the illustrations of this edition. Jane was portrayed so beautifully; her and Mr. Rochester dig at each other all the time about the other being hideous (and I’m honestly not sure if they mean it to any degree), but the pictures of her make her really beautiful. It also worked really well for helping the pace considering how much is sped up or omitted to make that 140 page mark. It was beautiful. Summary I highly recommend giving this a go in this format. It’s such an enjoyable way of presenting a classic and easy to read. It took all the good parts of the novel and presented them in a reader-friendly format that I think worked really, really well. It’s a thumbs up from me! Happy reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    What is it about Jane Eyre that I love?? The book is dark, depressing, lonely, sad and OHHHHH so good! I have read the novel a couple of times years ago. I thought I would check out the graphic novel version. I enjoyed. I forgot all about my favorite line in the book. It was in the graphic novel which thrilled me. To quote "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: It is as if I have a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextrica What is it about Jane Eyre that I love?? The book is dark, depressing, lonely, sad and OHHHHH so good! I have read the novel a couple of times years ago. I thought I would check out the graphic novel version. I enjoyed. I forgot all about my favorite line in the book. It was in the graphic novel which thrilled me. To quote "I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: It is as if I have a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame." Isn't that one of the best lines! I remember reading the book the first time and feeling like I was reading some scary mystery novel not having an idea of what was going on in the house. Charlotte Bronte was brilliant. What a shocking surprise that was. If she would have written in our day there would be many comments on goodreads for a long time about how none of us were expecting that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. The graphic novel does a good job of following Jane's unhappy life as a child, serving as a governess and then falling in love with her master but then many problems arise. Prevalent themes about spiritual connections to love, love and religion blending or not blending and social status. Recommended for those who want a summary of thi Charlotte Bronte's graphic novel depiction. It's a good focus on the Jane Eyre, especially if you found the novel to be laborious reading as I did back in the day. The graphic novel does a good job of following Jane's unhappy life as a child, serving as a governess and then falling in love with her master but then many problems arise. Prevalent themes about spiritual connections to love, love and religion blending or not blending and social status. Recommended for those who want a summary of this classic work. STORY/PLOTTING: B to B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; THEME DELIVERIES: B minus to B; ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B; WHEN READ: end of June 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    I am a sucker for period love stories :) This met and exceeded my expectations. I can't imagine a graphic novel taking a more complex story and representing the language, tone and themes as well as this one. Can I reiterate how much I love this language. The history of the Bronte family and other bits of historical context definitely shed light on and added to the mood of the story. I am a sucker for period love stories :) This met and exceeded my expectations. I can't imagine a graphic novel taking a more complex story and representing the language, tone and themes as well as this one. Can I reiterate how much I love this language. The history of the Bronte family and other bits of historical context definitely shed light on and added to the mood of the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Misra

    Doing some graphic novel previewing for my ESOL students.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I wanted an easy-ish way to learn the original story before eventually reading Wide Sargasso Sea. Though this was simple, it wasn't very enjoyable as a comic. But it does seem to get the job done of conveying the original story. I'll probably watch a movie adaptation also. I doubt i'll ever read the original because it doesn't seem as engrossing as Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally #1 The publisher, Classical Comics, offers three versions of some titles. Original Text means they haven't edited the I wanted an easy-ish way to learn the original story before eventually reading Wide Sargasso Sea. Though this was simple, it wasn't very enjoyable as a comic. But it does seem to get the job done of conveying the original story. I'll probably watch a movie adaptation also. I doubt i'll ever read the original because it doesn't seem as engrossing as Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally #1 The publisher, Classical Comics, offers three versions of some titles. Original Text means they haven't edited the prose and sometimes the work is unabridged. Plain Text presumably means easier than the Shakespearean original. And Quick Text is "modern English for a fast-paced read" (direct quote from their examples in the back. Incidentally #2 I read The Eyre Affair because i like Jasper Fforde and incorrectly thought it was the first Thursday Next novel. I don't recommend it as a way to get to know Bronte's original.

  11. 4 out of 5

    galpalkirk

    What makes Jane Eyre a classic has very little to do with the romance present in it. Even if the romance with Mr Rochester of course plays a huge part in the plot, it has very little to do with the theme of it. My favorite quote from the original novel is one that has lived with me since I first read it in school as a teen, and while the quote itself is not actually present in this graphic novel, the message is still there. ”I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. What makes Jane Eyre a classic has very little to do with the romance present in it. Even if the romance with Mr Rochester of course plays a huge part in the plot, it has very little to do with the theme of it. My favorite quote from the original novel is one that has lived with me since I first read it in school as a teen, and while the quote itself is not actually present in this graphic novel, the message is still there. ”I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.” I was afraid the graphic novel would dilute this message but instead it perfectly encapsules the core of it leaving you with the same feeling of raw empowerment as the original novel. Jane Eyre is an inspiration as she stands firm in her beliefs and morality. Speaking from personal experience, losing yourself by compromising your own integrity is often worse than losing other people if the result is that you’re able to live with yourself and your choices. Jane understands that making the easy choice will benefit her happiness most immediately but will eventually lead only to contempt, having lowered herself for momentary happiness and accepted less than she knows she deserves. Her refusal to compromise her own integrity and instead make the difficult choice no matter the cost to herself (such as leaving someone she loves) takes strenght and is admirable. It is why I consider the above quote to be an all time favorite of mine. It is also something that has become even more relevant in my life lately, which is one reason I decided to dig up this graphic novel that I’ve had for years and actually read it for once. Now that I have I can say that this is essentially a perfect speedrun of the original novel and extremely therapeutic as you’re getting out of a toxic situation. As my final note on that I’ll just say that Jane Eyre is a stronger and more independent heroine than people give her credit for and I adore her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ape

    I'm interested in various artistic interpretations of the Bronte books. So whilst some purists may turn their nose up at a graphic novel of Jane Eyre, I am curious enough to read it. I certainly wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the story - you definately want to start off with the original. And in fairness, the original is a lot better. The graphic novel captures the spirit of the plot to a point, although I found it lacking somehow. I think somehow they missed out on some quotes/spe I'm interested in various artistic interpretations of the Bronte books. So whilst some purists may turn their nose up at a graphic novel of Jane Eyre, I am curious enough to read it. I certainly wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the story - you definately want to start off with the original. And in fairness, the original is a lot better. The graphic novel captures the spirit of the plot to a point, although I found it lacking somehow. I think somehow they missed out on some quotes/speeches by certain characters and nuances which reangled what was happening. I didn't find Mrs Reed massively awful in the childhood section, more that she was dealing with a self absorbed stroppy bratt (not the impression I got from the book), and St John looks like a leather-faced snotty old man in this story. One of the points about him was that he was supposed to be stunningly beautiful. The art work is very good and competant, just lacking in a bit of emotion in the characters' faces a lot of the time. There's a lot of dialogue, as you'd expect, but no one ever seems to open their mouths in the pictures. This may all sound like nit picking, it's just that I'm trying to put my finger on why this felt a little bit lacking somehow.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I understand this graphic novel to be a much watered down version on the original story, created to entice young readers to read, introduce them to the classics, and provide them with a chance to appreciate and understand great literature (according Classic Comics' mission statement). Never have I ever read or viewed an adaptation of Jane Eyre before, and this has certainly inspired me to pick up the original. I'm hoping it will be more gothic. I'm not sure how to review this. I'll just say that I understand this graphic novel to be a much watered down version on the original story, created to entice young readers to read, introduce them to the classics, and provide them with a chance to appreciate and understand great literature (according Classic Comics' mission statement). Never have I ever read or viewed an adaptation of Jane Eyre before, and this has certainly inspired me to pick up the original. I'm hoping it will be more gothic. I'm not sure how to review this. I'll just say that I loved the artwork, I loved how sassy Jane is and how much of a tragic mess Rochester is, I enjoyed all of the romantic dialogue, and overall appreciated the sentiment of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heine

    This is a well done adaptation of Jane Eyre and makes this bookl accessible to students who may be intimidated by classic literature.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elin (Tickmicks bokblogg)

    4,5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ginnie

    The text is the worst part about this book because every other word it seems is randomly written in bold and it ruins the flow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Lovely artwork and portrayal of the events that happened in Jane Eyre, but I much preferred the original novel format for this type of story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meli

    For it's time, this is a wonderful book! Love, faith, jealously, and feminism are couched into a realistic and romanic mystery. Definitely enjoyed the comic book imagery too! For it's time, this is a wonderful book! Love, faith, jealously, and feminism are couched into a realistic and romanic mystery. Definitely enjoyed the comic book imagery too!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nath

    Always a pleasure to read Jane Eyre! I’ll always have a bit of a book hanger over after finishing this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Dacyczyn

    2016 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel based on a classic. I didn't enjoy this book at all. I've never read Jane Eyre (as I tend to not do well with the rambling dry tone of most classics), so I figured this would be a good way for me to get a gist of the story to see if I'd like to tackle the actual book. I didn't care for the illustration style (classic comic book aesthetic). Very dreary and dull with the usual white speech bubbles. Not something that's a pleasure to look at. I don't know if it 2016 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel based on a classic. I didn't enjoy this book at all. I've never read Jane Eyre (as I tend to not do well with the rambling dry tone of most classics), so I figured this would be a good way for me to get a gist of the story to see if I'd like to tackle the actual book. I didn't care for the illustration style (classic comic book aesthetic). Very dreary and dull with the usual white speech bubbles. Not something that's a pleasure to look at. I don't know if it's because this book was honed down into a graphic novel, but most of the time the character's actions didn't seem to make sense. Jane Eyre falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester, for no explicable reason (and despite the fact that he's twice her age...something that she notes about a different love interest of his, the hypocrite), and when it's revealed that he deliberately deceived her to make her jealous....it just made her all the more in love? And then when they decide to get hitched, an even bigger deception is revealed. Like, a HUGE deception. But does Jane go, "Gee, this guy is kind of an asshole for lying to me"? No, she just says she loves him more than ever....but that she has to leave. I think? I'm not sure...there was a lot of back and forth between the two where they seemed to change their minds several times for reasons that didn't make sense. There also seemed to be lots of side characters who seemed to be really critical, but then fell out of the way, never to bee seen again. So......I still think classics are not my thing, and most graphic novels are not for me either. Maybe I need to try this as a movie before anything makes sense to me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I love Jane Eyre. It’s been many, many years since I read the classic, but over the years I’ve watched as many of the film adaptations as I can fit in. As much as I love Jane I have a more lukewarm response to graphic novels. I’ve only read a few but none have really wowed me. But, this one was the perfect combination of a favorite heroine, quality storytelling, and illustrations that felt authentic to the original story. In this version they use Bronte’s own words to tell the story. For those th I love Jane Eyre. It’s been many, many years since I read the classic, but over the years I’ve watched as many of the film adaptations as I can fit in. As much as I love Jane I have a more lukewarm response to graphic novels. I’ve only read a few but none have really wowed me. But, this one was the perfect combination of a favorite heroine, quality storytelling, and illustrations that felt authentic to the original story. In this version they use Bronte’s own words to tell the story. For those that don’t know, Jane was left in the care of a cold aunt and abusive cousin. Her spirit remained even through years at a school for orphans and the death of a friend. When she arrives, as a governess, at Thornfield she blossoms, only her troubles are far from over. Amy Corzine did a great job with the storyboard. This complex story that follows orphan Jane from Gateshead Hall to Lowood School to Thornfield and beyond is well represented in its 140 pages. I think it perfect for Jane lovers. As a fan I never felt shortchanged. There is also a Quick Text version that uses the same art but simplifies language, but I can’t vouch for that one. There is a very interesting biography of Charlotte and her gifted, but tragedy-stricken family. I found it fascinating. Also a few pages in the end showed how they put the book together. Whether you are a fan already or just want to know about Jane without having to read the book, I recommend this wholeheartedly. I plan on checking out a few more of these graphic novels. They are very well done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Licha

    Can I say I am offcially in love? My breath was taken away by this story. I suppose I am a hopeless romantic and I was easily swept away by the romance of this book. Why can't modern romances compare to the classics? I am more touched by these stories of long ago than I am with the explicit-at-times books of today. There's more to be said for what's left to the imagination or the courtship of romance than the graphic tales of today. This book is of course not the original read. It is in comic boo Can I say I am offcially in love? My breath was taken away by this story. I suppose I am a hopeless romantic and I was easily swept away by the romance of this book. Why can't modern romances compare to the classics? I am more touched by these stories of long ago than I am with the explicit-at-times books of today. There's more to be said for what's left to the imagination or the courtship of romance than the graphic tales of today. This book is of course not the original read. It is in comic book style and I grabbed it because after long wanting to read the original book, I could wait no longer and figured this would be a quick way to get the gist of the story. No different than watching the movie first, right? Well, the intention of these comic books is for young readers or even adult readers, to want to read the real thing afterward. It has definitely got me wanting to read the original even more so than before. I appreciate that this is what the goal of these publications is. If it will encourage a reader to read more classics, they have achieved what they were out to achieve. This only gets three stars because it is in comic style, so obviously it's an abbreviated version. But content-wise, once I read the original version, I may have to give that a five-star rating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    mh. it was quite good overall. i enjoyed reading it. the story is great as ever and the text worked well with the pictures although at times the speech bubbles were oddly placed. and from a - i don't know - "modern" point of view, the drawings did not quite match my taste. anyways... i bought it with school in mind but this version is too hard for my pupils. should have gotten the quick text version. then as said above i don't think the graphics will cause much joy. it seems a bit old-fashioned. mh. it was quite good overall. i enjoyed reading it. the story is great as ever and the text worked well with the pictures although at times the speech bubbles were oddly placed. and from a - i don't know - "modern" point of view, the drawings did not quite match my taste. anyways... i bought it with school in mind but this version is too hard for my pupils. should have gotten the quick text version. then as said above i don't think the graphics will cause much joy. it seems a bit old-fashioned. it might benefit from an update to make the drawings "clearer" with more contrast and lets face it, simpler. also, at times i thought there were at least three different versions of rochester and jane, they looked so different at times, hardly recognisable. jane would probably not have worn lipstick as it sometimes looks like... yeah. loved the book, the comic is nice but i whish there would be different graphics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm about to write a ten page paper on what I think. Here's a summary: I don't think it could ever do the original justice. It's nature lends to a serious lack of depth. The art wasn't that fantastic either. It was literally just okay. I'm about to write a ten page paper on what I think. Here's a summary: I don't think it could ever do the original justice. It's nature lends to a serious lack of depth. The art wasn't that fantastic either. It was literally just okay.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I know I must have read the classic Jane Eyre in Jr. High as required reading but I don't think I realized then what a wonderful love story it is. I've only read a handful of graphic novels. I counldn't put this one down. I know I must have read the classic Jane Eyre in Jr. High as required reading but I don't think I realized then what a wonderful love story it is. I've only read a handful of graphic novels. I counldn't put this one down.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bindu

    First time I had read it was during my school days and now returning to the story through this lovely graphic novel!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Realini

    Jane Eyre, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte 9.6 out of 10 This is a remarkable, modern, yet faithful rendition of the classic novel, adapted for the modern viewer by an acclaimed director, half Japanese and half Swedish I hear, Cary Joni Fukunaga. Mia Wasikowska is memorable in the title role of Jane Eyre, the rejected, strong, lonely but resilient, loyal and gritty, resourceful, brave, self sacrificing heroine. She has the benefit of a first part in her life where she doesn't suffer privation Jane Eyre, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte 9.6 out of 10 This is a remarkable, modern, yet faithful rendition of the classic novel, adapted for the modern viewer by an acclaimed director, half Japanese and half Swedish I hear, Cary Joni Fukunaga. Mia Wasikowska is memorable in the title role of Jane Eyre, the rejected, strong, lonely but resilient, loyal and gritty, resourceful, brave, self sacrificing heroine. She has the benefit of a first part in her life where she doesn't suffer privations, although we could argue that this makes even harder to bear the following period, where she is cast away and forced to accept the position of governess, which doesn't seem much better than that of servant. Jane Eyre has a good progress in the education of the child and thus, when Rochester aka imposing Michael Fassbender returns to the mansion, he is pleased with the work. Nonetheless, their first encounter is awkward, for the horse is scared when the heroine comes in his way, throws Rochester down, who needs the help of the then stranger, whom he would later accuse, perhaps jokingly, that she is a witch and she cast a spell on his animal. The master of the house is rather outre, has a peculiar behavior and we would later see that indeed, given the trauma, the overbearing secret task he has had to deal with, we can see how his attitude would be severely affected by the unknown adversity he had to face daily. One night, there is a fire - for the few who read this and are unfamiliar with the quintessential classic, let us just say that a mysterious personage starts the fire - and Jane is the one ho saves the life of the master and presumably the others who live in the mansion. Eventually, Rochester appears to prefer his governess to the woman that most people think he would marry, but Mrs. Fairfax aka legendary Judi Dench warns her and advices the young woman to keep away, for many masters encourage feelings and emotions in the girls they have on the payroll, only to deceive and send them away. Nonetheless, this man is different and he really wants to marry Jane, albeit on the big day, there is another obstacle in the way, the fact that he is already married! Alas, this is the catastrophe in his life. He explains to his would be (second) wife, that would make him bigamous, that his father had wanted this union, because of the fortune involved. After a period, his spouse would show her true colors, eventually become mad and then make him face the choice. In a mental institution, in those days, they kept patients in cages and tortured them...indeed, only decades ago, electric shocks were used on patients. Rochester has spared his wife that fate, but she has been a constant threat to the lives of those live with her under the same roof and she is the reason her husband cannot marry. Jane runs away and let's stop here, avoiding spoiler alerts for the isolated reader who wants to see or read about the end on his or her own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine Edwards

    This was a tricky rating for me. 1. Would I have been able to understand the story if I hadn't read the novel? I'm not so sure. The illustrations aren't nearly clear enough to aid in this regard and there were quite large holes left to be filled in by the reader. 2. Having seen into the creation process provided at the end of the book, I am not surprised at the inconsistencies I felt while reading. The plan of action, having one comic set with two different texts, seems like a business venture on This was a tricky rating for me. 1. Would I have been able to understand the story if I hadn't read the novel? I'm not so sure. The illustrations aren't nearly clear enough to aid in this regard and there were quite large holes left to be filled in by the reader. 2. Having seen into the creation process provided at the end of the book, I am not surprised at the inconsistencies I felt while reading. The plan of action, having one comic set with two different texts, seems like a business venture only (cutting curbed to save costs or something), which is probably why the literary aspects are lost. I enjoy Jane Eyre, and see how this might be a plausible introduction to interest younger audiences into reading more classical literature, but it could also have the opposite effect - leaving them so confused that they are glad they didn't read the full novel. On the whole, rather disappointed with this adaptation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    First of all, I am not fond of condensed classics. I tried to read this with an open mind, but having Jane's thoughts boiled down to captions and Bronte's dialogue taken out of context made reading this a chore rather than a pleasure. Books such as these focus on plot, not all that actually makes this a timeless piece. I would not recommend it for use in a class setting at all. And if you are a fan of Jane Eyre, take a pass on this. The illustrations are nicely done and do capture some of the go First of all, I am not fond of condensed classics. I tried to read this with an open mind, but having Jane's thoughts boiled down to captions and Bronte's dialogue taken out of context made reading this a chore rather than a pleasure. Books such as these focus on plot, not all that actually makes this a timeless piece. I would not recommend it for use in a class setting at all. And if you are a fan of Jane Eyre, take a pass on this. The illustrations are nicely done and do capture some of the gothic undertones of the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This was a really good adaptation! Having only read the original once I can't say with too much detail its accuracy, but I thought it captured most everything well. The illustrations really helped understand the plot since you can see what a character is talking about even when they are just relaying it to another character. I thought it would drag a bit, but the pace was good and the language was easy enough to understand. Highly recommend for anyone who does not want to read the original. This was a really good adaptation! Having only read the original once I can't say with too much detail its accuracy, but I thought it captured most everything well. The illustrations really helped understand the plot since you can see what a character is talking about even when they are just relaying it to another character. I thought it would drag a bit, but the pace was good and the language was easy enough to understand. Highly recommend for anyone who does not want to read the original.

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