Jane

Jane
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14+
Release Date
September 05, 2011
ISBN
978-0316084192
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Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

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A Rock and Roll Twist
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I'm going to admit to you right away that I don't think I have ever read Jane Eyre all the way through, which is the story that Jane is based on. So I am reviewing this book without the original in my head to compare it to. The premise of Jane intrigued me, a young girl with no other options goes to work as the nanny for a handsome rock star and ends up falling in love with him. I did like the modern take on this story. I think if you are Jane Eyre fan, you will really enjoy this adaptation.

I really liked Jane's character. She is already strong and independent (her family situation makes her so) and through her relationship with Nico, she learns what true love means. I wanted her to be happy, no matter what path she chose. As far as Nico, I couldn't figure out if I liked him or not. There was just something about him that I didn't connect with. I'm not sure why, maybe it is because I am not familiar with the original and I'm missing something. I didn't like how so much of his life was secret, even from Jane. I think I would have liked him more, had I known more about him from the beginning.

There are some drug and sexual references in this, so I can't recommend it to everyone. Overall, if you are a Jane Eyre fan, I think you will enjoy this. I think I will give the original another chance and see what happens.
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Jane
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Retellings are a difficult thing, especially if the retelling is of a book like Jane Eyre. Not only should the author stay true to the original, s/he should also make this new book original, give it an identity of its own. Jane, April Lindner’s debut novel, is entertaining and easy to read, but for me it was never anything more than a retelling of Jane Eyre, not a book able to stand up on its own merit.

I very much doubt that it’s possible to be more faithful to Charlotte Brontë’s original novel than Lindner was. I mean, wow. This is a clean, scene-by-scene retelling. So if you’re a big fan of Jane Eyre and you’re just curious to see what it would be like in the modern world, Jane is a good book to look at. Unfortunately, I didn’t think that a lot of the original material made the transition to the twenty-first century as well as the author would have wanted.

Locking your insane wife in the attic is one thing in the Victorian period, when divorce and mental health were things not talked about. In today’s world, Mr. Rochester’s reasons for keeping his wife hidden away, for not committing her to an institution, for not divorcing her—they didn’t pass muster. This book really fails at working within the context of time and social norms. In Jane, the big plot twist ends up ridiculous and unbelievable, rather than shocking. I think Lindner, in choosing not to take any liberties with Brontë’s work, failed to show the timelessess of Jane Eyre as she doubtless intended to do. Instead, the story here was awkward and silly, and I found it unrealistic.

This book is probably a good one for those who haven’t read Jane Eyre at all, I think. Even then, I’m not sure, since the plot didn’t make the transition to modern-day as well as could have been possible. (And I know it’s possible, because I’ve read very good modern retellings of Austen, the Brontës, Shakespeare, Dickens, etc.) The trick is to stay true to the heart of the original text all while making the story your own. Since all Lindner did was rehash Brontë’s novel, Jane is not its own entity in my mind. It’s just a retelling.

But at the same time, this book is still enjoyable in spite of its lack of creative spark. Jane Moore was dull, and Mr. Rothburn (AKA Rochester), was a typical rock star character. But the story is still a good one, though I’m afraid we can’t give Lindner much credit for that. I don’t know. I was disappointed by the author’s straightforward and unimaginative style of retelling, but there was something I liked about Jane, though I’m not sure if I could explain it very well. This was an addicting, one-sitting read that was very far from atrocious. I think it’s a good book that might work for the right audience.
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the new Jane Eyre
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One of the classics book is now set in the modern world
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The classic tale is told in a modern way where Jane is a nanny to the little daughter to a famous rock star. I love this book because she is still independent girl but is a modern day women.
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