Jane Eyre Group Read (For the Procrastinators) Week One
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I'm glad to see a few of us aboard. Spread the word.
But maybe having read it multiple times means I can't talk about it. Hmmm. That said, one of the opening chapters - I forget if it's the very first or more like the sixth - has one of the scariest scenes I have ever read. I mean, not just scary like zombies coming out of the woodwork or whatever, but a real sinister, psychological frightening thing, yet with no blood or violence (it's a very Gothic sort of thing, since the book is in the Gothic tradition). I think that I read it when I was 12 made it even more terrifying to me, and so it has stuck with me, though it's perhaps tame for other readers.
I've read it several times in the past, but not recently. It's a great book.
Wookie- Thanks for stopping by and even if you don't read it, leave a comment or 2.
Jennifer- The film looks interesting. Is there a definitive version out there?
Susie- I don't know how the audio is broke down, but they mention new chapters, right? If not, go for the half-way point.
Abra- Glad you can join us! Love the name, BTW!!
Starting a bit early, I hope no one minds.
As regards adaptations, I did enjoy a recent BBC adaptation http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780362/ - with Ruth Wilson (she was Queenie in the recent adaptation of Small Island as well) and Toby Stevens. For a couple of rather handsome actors, they scrubbed down well for the parts.
There is also an 1943 production with Orson Welles and Joan Fontain - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036969/ - I remember liking it well enough when I saw it many years ago, but I can't remember it well enough to be confident in my opinion now.
Thanks Keri I can peak at a hardcopy I have to see where the chapter ends too.
22> That makes things easy, then! :) I guess it's probably available via Gutenberg, too, since it's so old, anyway.
Wookie & Jenny- Glad you can join us and I don't mind if you start early. I plan on jumping on it tomorrow!
Susie- You can call me Mark or Marky-Mark or.... We try to be chummy on these Group Reads!
So I want to read it again to see the difference between the two since I am so familiar with the film.
Nevermind. . . .that was the same version you guys were speaking of up above me. . .lol.
The first 10 chapters of Jane Eyre always dragged for me. (I think it is partly because JE's childhood is so miserable.) After that, I loved the book! I would love to see if I react the same way now that I'm older.
Odd, I just noticed that my copy has no date! The only date at all is the one at the end of the included Author's Preface to the second edition, which is 1847, but I know this printing is not that old. It's a hardback with a blue cloth cover, printed by The Blakiston Company in Philadelphia. Other than the title, author, and publisher, the only other info included is "printed and bound in the United States of America" on the back of the Title Page.
It was my Mom's copy, and I know it is older than me.
I like Bronte's descriptions of people and I like the way she handles Jane's inner-thoughts, a wrestling match at times, which is a pleasure to behold.
I see that Bronte has written several other books, but I have not heard of any of them before. Has anyone else read them and are they any good?
Roni- I read The Eyre Affair about a year ago. It was a lot of fun but I should re-visit it now that I finally read the source material.
Where Jane is preoccupied with Rochester, Lucy distances herself more, though they're both mostly observers of their worlds. Also, while Jane takes control of her life to the extent that she can, Lucy goes even farther at that.
My copy has a preface to the second edition by "Currer Bell" that was very interesting, especially in her dedication to Thackeray--does everyone's book have that?
As I said before I have seen the 1948 version of the movie many times and thought the movie made the school even harsher than the book did and in the movie there was no reform. As I am listening to it I am picturing Joan Fontaine as Jane I can't help myself.
I love how Jane was treated by Mrs.Fairfax when she first got the Thornton Hall it was the first time she had been treated as an equal by anyone ad I think it made her even stronger.
I am on chapter 12 where she just met Mr.Rochester on the trail.
And then as you continue on, you can keep that in mind as you see how the balance in the relationship goes.