A Breath of Eyre

 

TITLE: A Breath of Eyre

AUTHOR: Eve Marie Mont

GENRE: Historical Fiction,  Young Adult and Gothic Fiction

RATING: 5 /5

SETTING(S) : Lockwood Prep School in MA and Thornfield, England

SUBJECT:  Adaptation of Jane Eyre, Teen Depression, Teen Relations, and Sinking into a good book.

MAIN CHARACTERS:  Emma Townsend, Mrs. Barbra Townsend, Gray Newman, Mrs.Simona Newman, Michelle Dominguez, Owen Mabry, Elise Fairchild, Mrs. Fairfax, Miss Adele and Mr. Edward Rochester.

SUMMARY:  Emma Townsend has always believed in stories-the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect-apart from a crush on her English teacher-is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre.  continue reading…

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MY REVIEW:  This was well written and I enjoyed reading it.  I cannot wait for her adaptation of the Scarlet Letter and the Phantom of the Opera.  How Eve Marie Mont will incorporate Emma’s stories within those famous novels.  Most comments I have read dislike her interpretation of Jane as a Feminist and focuses on Rochester’s derange wife Bertha Mason.

She paints Bertha as the real victim of Jane Eyre and explores how people perceive mental health during the 1800’s and now.  I felt it was really interest on how she describes Bertha very similar to the heroine in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte’s character is a women who is going threw baby blues and depression. In the 1800’s it was common for women to be locked away from society, physical exercise and connections during any mental disabilites or depressions.  At the end her love ones thought she was mad so she became mad.  In Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre all the readers know is Bertha’s family knew of her condition, felt the engagement to Rochester would give her good connections and remove her from a place that was either getting her sick or knew of her sickness.  Just like the heroine in the Yellow Wallpaper when her illness became active she was locked away from society.  Her mental status worsen and she became violent in order to get what she needed which was love and attention.

Emma in a way resembled both Charlotte’s characters. A young women who did not know where she belong and was strange to the society she was placed.  It is a great story of other ways to perceive a famous written work and how it relates today.  You find yourself become part of Emma and Jane’s story.  It is also a great story of healing and how to reconnect with love ones.  At the end Jane helps Emma find peace, the truth of her own mothers death, the courage to be loved and stick up for what you believe.  That being a quiet or introvert soul has its own strengths.

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