Reviews for Jane Eyre


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
These graphic novel retellings of classic tales present dialogue in modern-day English; there's some awkwardness in the conversions. The books are accessible, though, and could serve as introductions to the original texts. Jane Eyre is illustrated in staid period style, and the other volumes' pictures may appeal to readers accustomed to glossy motion-picture animation. Glos. [Review covers these Classic Graphic Novel Collection titles: Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Henry V, Macbeth, and Frankenstein.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Plot point follows plot point in these fast-paced adaptations. With scant space allotted for character development or setting, the tales seem to be little more than a collection of elaborate coincidences. [cf2]Jane Eyre[cf1] holds up best. [cf2]Les Miserables[cf1] is simply too large for such a brief treatment, and Martin's propensity for choppy sentences makes a hash of [cf2]Oliver Twist[cf1]. [Review covers these Stepping Stone Book Classic titles: [cf2]Jane Eyre[cf1], [cf2]Great Expectations[cf1], [cf2]Oliver Twist[cf1], and [cf2]Les Miserables[cf1].] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 September #1

Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre may seem a fairly innocuous choice for a graphic-novel adaption, but Corzine proves otherwise. Eschewing much of the mystery of Thornfield Hall and trauma of Jane's early life, she opts to focus on the brooding romance between Jane and Mr. Rochester. An admirable intention, but one made, perhaps, without the audience in mind; the stodgy Victorian courtship isn't likely to rivet young teens. Worse yet, this version wastes the thrill and suspense of the "madwoman in the attic" subplot, thereby neutering one of the book's most memorable story lines and losing the opportunity to depict high-octane action scenes shrouded in eerie mystery. The illustrations are, save for a few wan action sequences, unremarkable though proficient enough. The text is mostly dialogue, with scarcely any action, resulting in endless panels of characters looking longingly, sadly or angrily at one another. The glossary is patently ridiculous, with age-inappropriate entries like "forgive" and "nightmare," and a biography of the author, while informative, is written in such stiff language as to turn young readers off altogether. Distinctly subpar. (Graphic classic. 13 & up)

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Library Journal BookSmack
Narrator Nadia May delivers the book with a sharp, crisp voice that strikes the listener as exactly how Jane herself would retell her story: no-nonsense, a bit brisk, and with a lovely touch of self-conscious awareness. May renders the voices, Jane as a young girl, the wretched Mrs. Reed, Rochester, and Rivers with great skill, giving each his or her essential character and, in so doing, pulling the listener deep into the story and allowing them to envision the frightening red room, the grim and spite-filled Lowood school, Thornfield, and the bleak landscape that surrounds it. - "RA Crossroads", Booksmack! 5/5//11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Library Journal Reviews 1994 April #1
Written in 1847, this novel remains a favorite, especially among younger readers and listeners who continue to be entranced by the young Jane and her mysterious Mr. Rochester. The story of an unhappy orphan and her life as a governess at Thornfield is filled with difficulty, including a shocking revelation on her wedding day. The happy ending finally arrives, though, and Jane and Rochester are united forever. Long criticized as being melodramatic and contrived, Jane Eyre has nonetheless become a romantic classic and is often the book that introduces students to serious literature. Bronte's suspense-filled plot adapts well to the audio format. This version, although abridged, omits nothing of importance. Juliet Stevenson, a Royal Shakespeare Company associate, reads with the drama the story demands and makes each character emerge with life and energy. Recommended for general audiences.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 May

Gr 7 Up--These graphic interpretations of literary classics have been republished as "English Language Teaching Readers." These extensively edited versions remain true to the originals to the extent possible, both in terms of using actual snippets from the author's original texts as well as preserving the overarching themes. The entire stories are told through speech balloons rather than through a running narration. Particularly with Shakespeare's plays, this format offers readers an experience closer to a theatrical performance than a prose condensation of the plot. Most acts and scenes are included, although heavily edited. The same care and attention to detail that was evident in the original series is presented here. Excellent graphics bring the stories to life and set the mood. Lush art in jewel tones heightens interest. All of the titles are replete with support materials beginning with an illustrated cast of characters and an introduction or plot summary and concluding with back matter such as an author biography and historical background. Macbeth in particular includes a wealth of additional resources such as a main-character summary, family tree, link map of characters, and a listing of famous quotations. Most useful in a classroom setting, these volumes could serve as introductions to literary classics as well as companion volumes for students benefiting from a modified text.--Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

Gr 5-7--The opening spreads in these retellings introduce main characters through short descriptions accompanied by small portraits. Colored-pencil illustrations scattered throughout the narratives take the place of lengthy descriptions in the original works. Tavner carefully re-creates the original plots and characters as well as the authors' styles. Editor's notes provide background information on the stories and explain the process of retelling a classic, which includes omitting some subplots and details, combining some events, and changing dialogue to allow ease in reading. Short lists of related movies and discussions of themes and style will spark interest in the originals. Clarifying the plot and character interactions, these retellings are good introductions to the novels.--Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD

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