Saturday, 14 April 2018

Manga Classics: Jane Eyre Book Review

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jane Eyre is a classic that I have wanted to read for a while. When I saw that there was a manga version of it, I was so excited. I love reading manga and I wanted to see what it would be like to read a manga adaptation of a classic.
I haven’t read the original so I don’t know how faithful the manga was but I will give my opinion of this book.
Jane Eyre follows a young woman from a child to an adult. She is an orphan brought up by her auntie who does not treat her well. She is then sent to a school for orphans, there she meets further bullying and sadness. When she is older she is employed as a governess, education a young girl in the care of Mr Rochester, a man living in mysterious circumstances.
Throughout this book I felt a variety of emotions; empathy, sadness, happiness, sadness again, hope and cheerfulness.
I feel as though the manga read a lot faster than reading the original classic would have been. The manga seemed to portray the story well, I felt the air of the period and I loved the characters even in an illustrated form. I wanted to discover the mystery and willed for Jane and Mr Rochester’s union.

However, I did have an issue with the end of the manga. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone so I cannot say exactly what my problem was but it was something that Jane said that I did not like. Additionally, there were some errors in the writing which was slightly confusing but if you have experience reading manga, this is nothing new.

Overall, if you like manga and you like classics I would definitely recommend this book! I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I read this manga version of the classic. I am now ready to read more manga classics!
Rating: 4/5 stars

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