I very much enjoyed this classic and am sorry I hadn't read it sooner. I have seen movies and plays based on this story, but after finishing this nove...moreI very much enjoyed this classic and am sorry I hadn't read it sooner. I have seen movies and plays based on this story, but after finishing this novella, they did not do the book justice! It is an intriguing Victorian tale of the duality of man, and how the doctor was able to unleash his darker side with, what he thought at first, little effect to his normal, staid self. However, it seemed as if the darker aspect of him had taken control at random and had destroyed his life.
I quite enjoyed the first part of the story with Mr. Utterson, walking around with Mr. Enfield and their banter as they were talking about a particular door, and the strange goings-on behind that door. Then the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came out.
"Men have before hired bravos to transact their crimes, while their own person and reputation sat under shelter. I was the first that ever did so for his pleasures. I was the first that could plod in the public eye with a load of genial respectability, and in a moment, like a schoolboy, strip off these lendings and spring headlong into the sea of liberty. But for me, in my impenetrable mantle, the safety was complete. Think of it - I did not even exist!"
I would highly recommend this quick and insightful read to everyone. It is a classic for a reason and an interesting look at the duality of man. (less)
This delightful retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is perfect for today’s world. For those who want to know the basics of a classic with a mode...moreThis delightful retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is perfect for today’s world. For those who want to know the basics of a classic with a modern day spin, this one is perfect and stays true to the original story line.
Jane Moore has to leave after her first year of college, as her parents died in an accident and she has no money to continue with her education. She finds herself in the office of Distinguished Nannies, Inc, in hopes of finding some bearable position in which she will be paid, as well as has food and shelter. Jane is unlike many of the girls in the office; she would be the classic ‘Plain Jane’ – no iPod, makeup or trendy clothes to hide her among the masses. Though this actually distinguishes her for the part as a nanny for NicoRathburn’s, a rockstar, 5 year old daughter.
Going off to the Connecticut countryside, to a mansion with extensive grounds, Jane finds herself taking care of a fragile young girl, who quickly warms to her new nanny. At times, Jane is reminded of her childhood, and it helps her to sympathize with her charge, Maddie, daughter of a rock star and a beautiful French woman who only wanted Nico for his influence in starting her American singing career. Maddie had been neglected byher mother and that had reminded Jane of her own difficult childhood as the youngest sibling that was passed over one way or another by her own parents.
Nico Rathburn has his own secrets and is unwilling to share as he doesn’t want the truth out. He is the typical ‘tortured’ artist who is lonely, but a celebrity at the same time. He is in the process of releasing a new album and setting up a World Tour with his band. He didn’t count on having feelings for the nanny. Or having his secret known, especially by Jane, with whom he fell in love.
I felt that the characters were fairly well-drawn. They did not seem to do anything that would be out of the ordinary for who they were. It was nice to read a book that featured a child who actually acted like a child and not well advanced beyond her years. Though none of the characters really stood out or evoked much emotion. As mentioned previously, this book followed the story of Jane Eyre faithfully, but in modern context. It is a perfect book for any young adult who wants to know the basic premise of Jane Eyre, without reading the actual book…though that would be a shame, as the original has deeper characters, storyline and a greater ‘gothic’ sense to the story. (less)
To be honest, I found this a bit depressing. One of those stories where you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, as Isabel did, and find out that the...moreTo be honest, I found this a bit depressing. One of those stories where you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, as Isabel did, and find out that the inside is rotten. I read it because it supposedly started the trend of the current novel. I understand it is a classic, and that most people who have read it, loved this work by Henry James. I guess unhappy people and ambiguous endings are not my cup of tea. Not having been an English major, I do not look for hidden meanings in books; maybe this makes me a 'shallow' person. For me, reading should be a pleasure, and reading 'A Portrait of a Lady' was a chore.(less)
If you are looking for a quick way 'read' Jane Eyre, then this is the one for you. It was quick and VERY easy (so easy, it had a glossary in the back...moreIf you are looking for a quick way 'read' Jane Eyre, then this is the one for you. It was quick and VERY easy (so easy, it had a glossary in the back for words like 'attic'). However, having read the original some time ago, and having seen screen adaptations of this work, there really wasn't anything missing, besides the in-depth descriptions of Charlotte Bronte.
The illustrations were very 'comic book' like and helped to add to the limited dialogue by 'painting' the picture of the various scenes. It seemed to stay true to the book's storyline. However, you only get a glimpse of many scenes, like the Lowood School, or how mean Jane's cousins were.
I don't think that I would recommend this book, but to a quite younger generation, who wants to know what Jane Eyre is all about. It might give the reader a simple taste, who will hopefully want more and thus turn to the original work by Charlotte Bronte.
I don't know what it is about our society that we feel we have to 'mash up' our classics, or to put them in graphic novel format. If it is the hope that it will get our younger generations to read more of the classics, I think this new craze is missing the point. But it seems almost geared toward a society of reading less in order to read a greater quantity. The main reason that I picked up this graphic novel was to see what all of the fuss was about. Now, I can say that I saw, I read, and I am sending it back to the library quickly, without further recommendations.(less)