Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper
In a time of formal dances, courtyard courtships, and strict ideas about a woman's role in the world, Jane Austen looked at the England around her and created unforgettable art. Before she was the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society's expectations and challenges of the heart. Her own story...more
This short graphic novel focuses on Jane Austen and her rumored relationship with Thomas LeFroy. Since we don't know a lot about what really went down between the two, it was nice to see how this author decided to tell this story. Now I so want to rewatch Becoming Jane , so that I can experience the beauty that is that movie again.
Anyway, this was a good read. I just wish it was a little bit longer.
The illustrations in Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper were easy to follow. The simple style sets it apart from the coloured graphic novels we usually see. It's refreshing. The illustrator was able to convey all the emotions and feelings with very little words. We see very clearly Jane's ...more
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Graphic Novel
SYNOPSIS: A reimagining of Jane Austen’s life with a focus on her relationship with her “Irish friend,” Tom Lefroy. Geared towards a younger audience, this graphic novel shares a little of Jane Austen’s childhood and family life, her experiences with romance, and the beginning of her writing career. Accompanying this short tale are black and white images in ...more
I liked very much the illustrations and I enjoyed the story. Unfortunetely, I found it too short. I would have loved it to be a bit longer.
Anyway, it focuses a lot on her "encounter" with Tom Lefroy and the consequences of it for her own career. I've always been a great admirer of her strenght, nonconformist ...more
Also, a minor gripe, but the historical write-up at the end was full of typos.
"I was always slipping into our father's office at night... to read in secret. In books, I could find freedom from life's ...more
I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.
BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
This is the story of Jane Austen’s family dynamics, the discovery of her writing talents, and her romantic experiences. This graphic novel hinges on the axis of her relationship with Mr. Lefroy, who enters Jane’s life as an arrogant character. Jane falls in love with ...more
I received a finished copy from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.
Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.
I am such a huge Jane Austen fan. I adore her books and the film/TV adaptations. I find her history interesting. So when I heard about a graphic novel that’s similar to the film about her life, Becoming Jane, I needed to review it for you.
I adore the quirky and cute art style of this graphic novel. It’s all in black and white, which is ...more
Told as if Jane is writing a letter to her sister, Cassandra, this graphic novel reveals to the reader how Jane’s passion for reading and writing grew. Part memoir and part coming-of-age/first love story, this wonderful graphic novel all about Jane Austen speculates how Jane ultimately chose to not get married and how her inspiration may ...more
Still not my genre, but I appreciate it.
The illustrations are simplistic but you can tell the difference between each character. And I love pages 38 and 39. I flipped between them so many times because the comparison was so powerful.
This graphic novel could be used as a compliment to a class studying one of Jane Austen's works.
Her Heart Did Whisper is of course in reference to Elizabeth’s thoughts in Pride and Prejudice. Oh Mr. Darcy... The black and white art didn’t bother me as it did seem to add to the wistful and dreamy elements of her life. Unfortunately, it just was so short and rushed. I wanted it to be in more depth, but it felt very impersonal.
And if you know me, Jane Austen is my girl. So we’re still cool despite this bummer of a book...
I didn't love this one. The artwork was too blocky for my taste. I've read some Jane Austen but knew little specifics about the author going into this book. And other than learning that she had a love that she grew tired of, I feel like I know very little coming out.