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Becoming Jane Eyre | by Sheila Kohler

Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler
(Penguin, 2009, 256 pages)

I count Jane Eyre as one of my all-time favorite books, so I was excited to hear about this fictionalized account of Charlotte Bronte’s life and what inspired her to write Jane Eyre.  The story looks at all the Brontes and offers a unique perspective on the world in which they were raised and the efforts they made to try and make names for themselves as writers.  The book starts out shortly after their father has had eye surgery.  Charlotte has gone away with him and is keeping him company during his convalescence.  It is while this is taking place that she has the time, the space, and the inclination to create a story revolving around a young woman named Jane…  A story that has direct ties with Charlotte’s own life and experiences.

While the book did have its interesting points and I felt like I came away with more information about the creating of Jane Eyre and what the experience was like for the Bronte sisters growing up when they did, I’d much rather have read a biography.  I had a hard time getting into the novel and the only real plus that came out of it was the fact that I felt compelled to read Jane Eyre yet again 🙂

If you appreciate historical novels (particularly those set in late 19th century England) you might enjoy this title.

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