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Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
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May 01, 10

Read in April, 2010

I picked this up in the new releases section of the library. It looked intriguing -- and, indeed, it was.

Kohler presents a historical/biographical fiction of Charlotte Bronte and her writing of "Jane Eyre" by winding in many parts of Charlotte's own life -- the mad alcoholic and opitate addicted brother, the perfect love, her father, her many disappointments and the injustices done to her

She writes about Charlotte's relationships with her father, brother and 2 literary sisters and the genteel poverty of the country parson and his family, and the early deaths of too many family members. She also sheds light on the plight of women in those days. in order to get published, the Bronte sisters had to write under male pseudonyms.

This book may be a lot of fiction, but Kohler writes extremely well and makes it convincing.

I am inspired to go back and read Jane Eyre as well as some of the other Bronte books which I have not read since I was a child (as all English school girls had to do!!)
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