- Title: Becoming Jane Eyre
- Author: Sheila Kohler
- ISBN: null
- Page: 107
- Format: Kindle Edition
Read Sheila Kohler s posts on the Penguin Blog A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre The year is 1846 In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster A mother and two children dead A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members A son destroRead Sheila Kohler s posts on the Penguin Blog A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre The year is 1846 In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster A mother and two children dead A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent So unfolds the story of the Bront sisters At its center are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction s most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler s Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre.
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I read this book in an airport, expecting that it would be standard, light and frothy airport fare. Strangely, it took me right to early Victorian London, so that I looked up from the book and had to remember I wasn't there. This book is Charlotte Bronte in glimpses, in word snapshots. It is such a "quiet" book, quiet like those women who are mad but are hiding all of the anger behind a frozen smile. It is like sitting in a very quiet room, and hearing the rustle of people's skirts as they walk, [...]
I didn't read Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" until I was an adult, but I still reacted with all the whiny complaints of a 14-year-old boy. Unfortunately, I was teaching it to 14-year-old boys at the time, so I had to feign a certain amount of enthusiasm. But a funny thing happened on the way to education: While John Knowles's "A Separate Peace" grew thinner and sillier to me every year, "Jane Eyre" blossomed into one of my favorites. With the plot's smoldering melodrama, the heroine's boundless [...]
Anything that has to do with the Brontes pretty much ensures I will pick it up and read it. And this was not disappointing. It was a very intimate, yet strangely distant account of the Bronte family. Mostly, Charlotte (of course) but also quite a bit about Anne and Emily.And while it is fiction, you can imagine how true some of the issues addressed are. Like how Charlotte must have felt inscure and jealous when her two sisters books (Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights) were accepted for publishing [...]
I picked this up in audiobook format on a whim. Ordinarily, I don’t enjoy fictionalized accounts of the lives of famous people, and this slight concoction proved to be no exception. The bulk of the narrative consisted of imagined thoughts and conversations that for the most part fell heavily on the side of petty resentments within the Brontë family, and superficial condescension on the part of those characters, marginal at best, who brushed fleetingly along the edge of the fold. Long, tedious [...]
My notes on this book have been gathering dust for about 3 months now, and looking over them, it really just boils down to "wow, this was a terrible book." Seemingly anachronistic details, bizarre masturbation scenes out of nowhere, proto-Betty Friedan dialogue, unbelievable amounts of melodrama, confusing chronological jumps, characters who magically show up, important characters who die "off screen" with little fanfare, and character development that makes no sense. Kohler beats you over the h [...]
I grabbed this one from the library because I am very curious about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. This book takes the reader into the time period when Charlotte was taking care of her father while he was recovering from his eye surgery. Each of the Bronte children get a turn to shine in this little gem and I came to realize that the sisters hard a very hard life, especially when it came to their spoiled, drug addicted brother. The first 50 pages or so were a bit slow for me and I almost shut [...]
So disappointing. One of the reasons I love Jane Eyre is because it is so virtuous- no erotic scenes between her and Mr. Rochester whatsoever. I think Charlotte Bronte would be ashamed of this book, angry even. Though Sheila Kohler does seem to follow (at least want to follow) Bronte in great descriptive detail, a lot of this seems way too contrived for me.Seems like Kohler's idea was to spice up an old classic with eroticism to make it appealing to a wider audience. What a disgrace! *As a resul [...]
A Slow Start But A Strong Finish The adjectives I had written down as I was reading this were not very flattering, in fact they were not flattering at all. This novel, about the Brontes, seemed to have little new or interesting information to add to what little I already knew about this famous family. At first I found it somewhat dull, it seemed little more than a rehash of a Bronte biography, but something happened between page 146 and 195 and by the last page I found that I really liked it. I [...]
By adhering to biographical accounts of Charlotte Bronte’s life, Sheila Kohler imagines not only Charlotte Bronte’s emotional response to these true events but also the response of those in her immediate circle and from their individual perspective, so a credible, multi-layer picture emerges. There was only one scene that jarred and that was when Emily and Jane’s manuscripts were accepted by Newby’s, the publishers (‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Agnes Grey’ respectively) whilst Charlo [...]
More of a character sketch than a story, really. Almost devoid of plot, in fact. Kohler's interpretation of Charlotte Bronte's life as she imagines and writes her classic, Jane Eyre, feels contemplative and genuine. The pacing is somewhat slow, but little jewels here and there ring with whispered truth rather than dramatic impact. I enjoyed the glimpses at Bronte's life and that of her sisters - their struggles with employment (particularly as governesses), the heartbreaking story of caring for [...]
The title, look and theme of this book is very appealing to me. However, after the first few chapters I could tell this book was not what I thought it was. Becoming Jane Eyre is written in the third person. At first I thought it was just something to get used to as most books are not written in this style. However, it became increasingly annoying. After reading The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, by Syrie James, I believe myself to be well informed as to who the Bronte's were. I realize that [...]
Jane Eyre is my favourite novel of all time so, whilst I am not a expert in the Brontes, I have a penchant for any books, films about them or their novels/poetry. I've also visited the Parsonage at Haworth where you get a real feel for the isolation they must have felt, cooped up in that dark house, left motherless at an early age.I admire any writer who takes on a project like this, a merge of fact and fiction, as Brontephiles can be quite sensitive to any conjectures re their heroines. Sheila [...]
The novel was written by author Sheila Kohler, entitled Becoming Jane Eyre. The story begins in South Africa with the Bronte family. First, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Bramwell, work together to help their father get back on his feet. Charlotte spent much of her time with her father lying in bed, during the long, lonely hours of his convalescence. Unfortunately, Charlotte's mind is focused on being in Brussels, totally doomed for her love for her teacher. She knows that sit will stay with her th [...]
Ce court roman de Sheila Kohler retrace le portrait remarquable d'une famille composée de trois talentueuses jeunes femmes, condamnées à une existence sans éclat (filles de pasteur, vivant à la campagne, vouées au célibat), et qui vont se consacrer religieusement à l'écriture, avec la conscience aigüe de maintenir leurs projets dans le secret (d'où leurs pseudonymes, Currer, Ellis et Acton Bell, pour brouiller les pistes de leur sexe). Sheila Kohler a su s'imprégner de cette ambiance [...]
Kohler digs deeply into the details of life at Haworth Parsonage to recreate Charlotte's sheltered existence there, playfully mimicking the Bront√´s' own romantic writing style. The critics noted that some of the parallels drawn between Charlotte's life and that of Jane seem contrived, and some of her hand-wringing sounds uncannily like 21st-century angst, but these were quickly dismissed as minor complaints. Only Newsday found the novel tedious. Other critics considered Becoming Jane Eyre a [...]
Becoming Jane Eyre takes the tired tact of bringing authors down to our level by proposing that the events in their novels were directly inspired by real life and makes it worse by turning Charlotte Brontë in a creature apparently motivated by pure spite and bitterness. It just gets ridiculous. Avoid.
I love Jane Eyre and detest Wuthering Heights, so I really liked the way Kohler weaves Charlotte Bronte's own life into her creation of Jane's. Found the last part too abrupt--Anne, Emily and Bramwell all die offstage in a sentence, as if Kohler got tired of writing this book. Still, entertaining and creative.
Having read a lot of books about the Brontes I wasn't sure if I woud like this. But It really gripped me right from the start. I felt that the author got right into Charlottes head and wove the facts and the fiction together extremely well.
I've been a fan of Jane Eyre for years, I even did a college paper on it that required some research. Yet, I had no idea how much of the story is thought to be inspired by Charlotte Bronte's own life.This book is a fictional account of the last nine years of Charlotte's life - starting from the time she began writing Jane Eyre while caring for her father who had just had eye surgery. Yet, it's based on the author's own research of the Brontes' life and there is probably a lot of truth to it.Char [...]
I enjoyed many things about this, particularly the way the author has imagined Charlotte Bronte thinking about her own work. The omniscient narrator's way of going into everyone's head offered a lot of insight, but seemed to me to also put a certain distance between the reader and the book.
Lovely to read. As if Charlotte Brontë wrote it herself. Hard to put aside. I just wanted to keep on reading.
What a creative, fascinating book! Sheila Kohler has imagined the backstory to the writing of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and in so doing, has woven a vivid portrayal of the lives of the Brontes. Life for the family was beset by hardship and tragedy, with Charlotte's mother dying at a very young age, leaving her and her five siblings in the care of their cold, self-absorbed father, who shipped the four girls off to school where they were cruelly treated. Two of the sisters did not survive the [...]
Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Jane Eyre fan. My mother and I read it together, we loved it. Mom spent lots of time in Haworth,England at the church, the graveyard, the museums. We love Jane.This book was a wonderful treat. 'What if' fiction always intrigues me, and this has the added advantage of being based on the facts of the Brontes' lives. From Charlotte's accompanying her father for surgery to her sad, premature death, we are allowed into the minds of the remarkable women who hid their identity f [...]
I was torn between giving this book 2 stars or 3 stars. First of all, let me say that I am a big fan of the works of the Bronte sisters. I am also something of an admirer of Charlotte. I recognize that this work is a novel, but it is undoubtedly based on research. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I do not doubt that given the isolation and stress of the family situation and the fact that the three sisters were all writers, professional and sibling rivalry did exist. However, that seemed to be [...]
Evocative historical fiction surrounding the Brontë siblings, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell, as well as two elder sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, who died sadly, in childhood, while at boarding school.Kohler also includes Brontë patriarch, Patrick (Brunty); mother, Maria (Branwell); and aunt, Elizabeth (Branwell); and ancillary characters including publishers, employers, and servants.The story revolves around the period during which Charlotte was writing Jane Eyre, but slips easily into t [...]
Before I explain why I didn't give this book a higher rating, let me just say that I do love Sheila Kohler's writing style. It reminds me of Ian McEwan's style a bit--sparse, and yet it hits you hard.I did enjoy the story within this novel: Charlotte Bronte, at the beginning, is in Manchester caring for her father, who has just undergone eye surgery. She thinks about her life, her sisters, her brother, and the siblings and mother who have died. She also thinks about her Master. Her professor who [...]
Megláttam, nem vettem meg, majd pár héttel később megkaptam névnapomra! Olvastam értékeléseket, ahol mindenki elmondta, mennyire nem szerette stb. Valaki megjegyezte, hogy alig olvasott Charlotte kivételével a többi lányról. Elmondanám, hogy a mű eredeti címe Becoming Jane Eyre. Ebből azért gondolom lehet következtetni, hogy ez a könyv Jane Eyre megszületéséről fog szólni, és legfőképp Charlotte-ról! Nem a könyvet kell hibáztatni, hanem a magyar fordítókat, mert [...]
Becoming Jane Eyre is the story of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. It focuses particularly on Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. The story starts in a parsonage 1846, with a mother and two children dead, and the Bronte sisters' brother destroyed by alcohol and drugs. Their father has gone blind, and is very weak. But these three independent women are determined to get their books published and survive. The book shifts perspective from chapter to chapter, though it's mainly f [...]
DNF.In a hurry to find entertainment for some time on the treadmill, I grabbed this library book sale purchase from a bookcase. The first chapter was enough to tell me that it's not for me, though I did skim a little through the book and read the last several pages just to confirm that it didn't get better.I didn't like the weird choice of "present continuous" tense.I didn't like the switching back and forth between Charlotte's and her father's point of view. (It's Becoming Jane Eyre. I don't wa [...]
"Becoming Jane Eyre" conta, num estilo muito intimista, a história de Charlotte Bronte à medida que esta vai escrevendo a sua obra "Jane Eyre". Começa com Charlotte à cabeceira do seu pai quando este está a recuperar de uma cirurgia aos olhos. É neste período que "Jane Eyre" toma a sua forma e conseguimos perceber de onde Charlotte vai retirando as ideias para engendrar a ação da sua mais famosa obra.Obviamente que é uma obra ficcional. Mas está muito em escrita e de uma forma muito s [...]
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