This is the missing story from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Understand the mind of Mr. Edward Rochester and learn what he is thinking. What is it that motivates him to want Jane as his wife? With extra scenes and many original scenes from the book revisited, you will see the epic story of Jane Eyre in a new way. Why did Jane have such an effect on Mr. Rochester? How does Mr. Rochester rationalise his past and allow himself to court Jane? How does an obnoxious tyrant find love?
While the author admits using much of Charlotte Brontë's words for discussions between Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre he does add a sentence here or there to add clarity from Mr. Rochester's POV, to his reasons behind his actions and his emotional responses in this story.
However Jane does not enter the story for almost half of the book. I have a quibble with how the book is presented. The author in using Rochester's POV states, “I first considered writing these memoirs when I married Mrs. Rochester... I have told my story at first to John and Mary. Later my dearest Jane took up the pen to complete the work. So vivid are the memories, that I have often written them as if I am reliving them once again.” But as you read the pages giving the history of not only his business affairs abroad and in Jamaica but also his history with the Mason family you read of vivid day-to-day conversations and events. Thus I challenge the use of the word "memoir" as the book is more a journal told as it happened.
And while I have read Jane Eyre at least 8 times and have always wondered at how Mr. Rochester was hoodwinked into marrying Bertha Mason, I am not satisfied with the explanation here...either. Maybe Charlotte Brontë wanted it to remain somewhat a mystery. I guess we must swallow the practice of marrying for money and connections here. We all know that there is a decided lack of morals in Mr. Rochester's shaking his hand at fate.
The Edward Rochester of both canon and this story seems at times to have a split personality. He is gruff and off-putting, but then gentle and protective. He certainly is a man of intrigue in learning to hide secrets and proceeding in a manner to keep such hidden. He perceives that certain of his household staff seem to have figured out his secret but he is naïve in thinking that he will forever hide the crime of bigamy - does he expect that Miss Eyre will accept her status as his mistress if the truth does not come out before the ceremony? These questions are not exactly ever answered by either author. But that is part of the angst within.
I did not find myself making the emotional connection with Mr. Rochester while reading from his POV as I did when reading Jane Eyre from her POV. I have read other classics rewritten by men to give the male POV. Others have been better at drawing me into that side of the story. Not so - here.
A horrible injustice to the rich legacy of Jane Eyre. Edward Rochester is a brooding, haunted, charismatic, mysterious man, not a whiny spoiled brat who kicks his dog, owns slaves, insults his servants and neighbors, and considers marrying rich bitch, Blanche Ingram.
The Edward Rochester in this novel is completely unsuitable for Jane Eyre. The man portrayed here would turn a great gothic novel into a melodramatic horror story. Ken Jones is such an amateur he doesn't even get the dates right. He says Edward Rochester married Bertha when he was 26 but Edward is married to Bertha for 15 years. When he meets Jane Eyre, he's 37, which means he was married at 22. There are many other basic mistakes which I won't bother to detail.
Not good. Edward seems vapid and is unrecognisable at times (for example: can you see Bronte's EFR kicking Pilot? Repeatedly? Or seriously contemplating marrying Blanche?), dates and facts are wrong quite often and the editing is horrible (spelling mistakes and switches between past and present tense). As a big fan of the original Jane Eyre I couldn't enjoy this one. Read Jane Eyre's Husband - The Life of Edward Rochester instead. It's very obvious that book is about the same Edward CB is writing about, it's very detailed and all the facts are accurate.
A pollution of the eyes. That is the best way to describe this book which claims to tell the story of Edward Rochester from the classic Jane Eyre. Just dreadful. The writing was execrable, the language anachronistic, the historic details...wait WHAT historical details? He turned the marvelously brooding, interestingly flawed character of Rochester into a whining spoilt brat. If you have this on your waiting list, BURN IT!
Having read Jane Eyre a few times before, this one was such an interesting read that showed a different angle to the whole story - Edward Rochester's point of view. I hadn't expected great quality of writing, but it was a pleasant surprise as I found it was in a very similar style and tone as the original Jane Eyre and could be considered a nice addition, nice side-story of it. Much less wieldy and much more to the point and picking mostly the important or crucial scenes, this is quite an excellent book that can only enjoyed in times like today when many re-work is being attempted to classic stories. Thoroughly enjoyed and reminds me of all the pleasures and pains of Jane Eyre story.