As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Alas! I’ve found a way to read classics through this Manga Classics series. I never knew they exist until I saw one up for request on NetGalley. Thank you to Udon Entertainment for giving me the chance to enjoy reading this one.
Though I know, it’s still better to read the novel, but for people having a difficult time getting into some classics, this manga adaptation would surely help you read classics in an enjoyable way. If I will read the book, maybe it would take me a week to finish it, but with this manga adaptation, it only took me five hours. Five hours! That’s an achievement for me since I’m also a slow reader. And, this is unputdownable too. I enjoyed reading the story while seeing the arts drawn inside. It adds more enjoyment in following Jane Eyre’s journey.
The story written by Charlotte Brontë is about a girl named Jane Eyre, who has bad memories in her aunt’s house, was sent out to a charity school to stay and receives an education, and later out, took a job as a governess on a place called Thornfield.
The story unravels gradually. It is exciting to read especially the pace is not slow. Since the story also used a bit of magical realism, it added more enjoyment on my part. There are a lot of elements that can be found in this novel. There is feminism stuff where we can see how a woman can be recognized as an “almost” equal of a man – she needs to have an education by attending a school. Then there is also romance on the part of Jane and Rochester. Then it also slightly touches mental illnesses because [SPOILERS].
I like Jane Eyre and how she developed throughout the story. She is admirable and even though she is plain and poor, she didn’t let it brings out the light in her. She definitely shines in her own ways. And some lovely people, like her friend Helen, whom she met indeed has a contribution to her personality.
There are a lot of characters in the story, and each has their own messages that I’ve grasped. If I’ll speak about it all, I might be spoiling you so I’m leaving the rest of knowing the other characters and what is their role in Jane’s life to you.
Now, since this is a manga, I’ll talk about the art. The drawings used in presenting the characters and the settings are awesome. I enjoyed following Jane’s journey while looking at the visuals. What I like the most is how the characters’ reaction over some news or events was shown. I find it engaging.
Overall, I think anyone who would like to read Classics can and will also enjoy the Manga Classics series by Udon Entertainment. It brings out a new experience for me because I have found a way to enjoy classics through its manga adaptation. I recommend this to everyone who likes reading classics and also to those who want to try reading classic literature in a manga form.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Series: Manga Classics
Genre(s): Classic Literature, Historical Fiction, Romance
Art by: SunNeko Lee
Story Adaptation by: Crystal S. Chan
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) was from an English family that produced three novelists: herself, Emily, and Anne. Besides Jane Eyre, other best-known works include Shirley and Villette.