Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre


Jane Eyre is aware of her aunt’s dislike for her, as she is of her impossible circumstances. Words, in her head and through her books, offer her the only route from her setting. Yet when the bullying of her cousin becomes too much, and an altercation leads her to being sent to Lowood, she does not expect any opportunity. However, it opens hope to her, through friendship, then the daring to  seek more than society seems to expect her to need.

From Lowood, Jane travels to Thornfield Hall, a place of shadows, secrets and sorrows. What lies behind Grace Poole’s door? Why does Mr Rochester provoke Jane to such misery and agony?

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre: A Retelling, reminds us of a staunch, determined and pioneering literary heroine and her creator. Tanya Landman recaptures her voice; somehow in a 21st century reading setting we realise her more loudly. This is a superb retelling, which Bookwagon is proud to recommend.

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Charlotte Brontës Jane Eyre

A retelling by

Tanya Landman

(Barrington Stoke)

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is not my favourite classic. I prefer Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights‘. How does Tanya Landman  approach this landmark story? We know this writer for One Shot, amongst other books. Meanwhile, I am aware that Bookwagon favourite writer and former English teacher Emma Carroll, most recently of The Somerset Tsunami, cites ‘Jane Eyre‘ as her favourite book.
Jane narrates her story anew. We feel her inner rage at her circumstances, from her unfair treatment at the hand of her uncle’s wife, to her powerlessness. She is an intelligent woman trapped by class, gender and others’ interpretation of her. How can Jane escape?
Her words, from impressions of her setting to her companions, are riveting. Jane is quick to judge and frequently harsh. There is little sympathy offered Adèle, Mr Rochester’s ward, while Jane is quick to assess their real relationship. Furthermore, she proves insightful about the company that Mr Rochester assembles about him at Thornfield Hall. We feel Jane’s frustration so that we need her release.
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre retains the language, setting, sense and story of the original book. Moreover, there is a greater awareness of Jane’s awful position; somehow Tanya Landman gets inside the head of this great literary character. This is a superb interpretation.


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