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Charlotte: Bronte Revelations: The Final Journeys of Jane Eyre

2.74  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A manuscript is discovered which appears to be the conclusion of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The unearthed chapters describe a barren marriage, financial ruin, and ultimately, the death of Lord Rochester. Grace Poole, a survivor of the fire at Thornfield Hall, reveals to Jane the final Rochester secret: that a boy was born to the first Mrs Rochester in Martinique. The ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Gerald Duckworth & Company (first published 2000)
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Traxy Thornfield
Jan 20, 2013 Traxy Thornfield rated it did not like it
This novel is partially a faked manuscript with an alternative ending to "Jane Eyre", partially a woman's slutty visit to Martinique and partially the woman's father's weird and creepy diary. The book could have been much improved if it had either a) just been an alternative look at what happened after the 'happily ever afters' in "Jane Eyre" (in which case it I would have to claw my eyes out) or b) just been about the woman shagging her way through Martinique (in which case I wouldn't have had ...more
Wendy
Sep 15, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it
SKIMMED.

I shouldn't have picked this book up, I know that.

Fans of Jane Eyre, who like it just the way it is, and thought it ended perfectly well, might loathe this book as much as I did.

I'm all for creative license, but I have yet to find a sequel or companion novel to a beloved classic that I liked. See Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

But to take a wonderful book and turn it on it's head like this, sorry, I just can't endorse this at all.
Simon
Mar 19, 2012 Simon rated it it was ok
The following review is not for the easily
offended and neither is the book it's about.

Charlotte by D.M.Thomas

Well I have read many of D.M. Thomas translations
over the years of many of my favourite Russian
authors from Pushkin to Mandelstam and Ahkmatova
to name but three, but had never read any of his
own stuff up till now, and to be truthful I wish
I had left it that way. Charlotte is described as
an updating of Jane Eyre and the first third
reads like a straight re-write or translation of
th
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Tintaglia
Apr 28, 2015 Tintaglia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In assoluto il libro più orrendo mai letto.
Ogni tanto torno a controllare che esista davvero, e non sia stato solo un incubo dovuto a una cena troppo pesante.
Kim
Apr 09, 2016 Kim added it
I don't even know. How does one deal with offensive books; I haven't learned that yet. I mean, I liked it. The first fifty pages were torturous, but I thought the transition to modernity was awesome, the Miranda character was nice and aggressive and the parallels were interesting. I'm glad I read it although it doesn't hold up to the standard of the other Jane-Eyre-inspired works from our seminar.

***Update*** One thing I can say is that many readers seem to reject this book on the wrong grounds.
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Helen
Dec 31, 2013 Helen rated it did not like it
Anyone who loves and appreciates Charlotte's Bronte's JANE EYRE will be very disappointed in this "sequel" to the book. One expects a bit of liberty in paraliterature, but this is just a disaster. It gets one star because the author can structurally write very well. I have heard that Thomas has written other well received books, but this is one topic he should have steered clear from.
Toby
Apr 26, 2014 Toby rated it it was ok
Poor by DM Thomas' high standards. Read everything else he's written but give this a miss.
Paul
Nov 01, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story. You've never seen Jane like this before.
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D.M. Thomas was born in Cornwall in 1935. After reading English at New College, Oxford, he became a teacher and was Head of the English Department at Hereford College of Education until he became a full-time writer. His first novel The Flute-Player won the Gollancz Pan/Picador Fantasy Competition. He is also known for his collections of verse and his translation from the Russian poet Anna Akhmatov ...more
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