Having thoroughly enjoyed reading the Manga version of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I decided to pick up another favourite classic, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The original is a substantial novel and the first third of the book, before reaching Mr Rochester, has always been a challenge. Jane’s start in life is bleak and sad. The manga version, with its magnificent illustrations, shortens this journey whilst still communicating the emotion of it which I appreciated. The time with Mr Rochester is elegantly done, the familiar lines included and the romance accentuated by the accompanying visuals. The style of writing can put some readers off this great story, I think the Manga version overcomes this barrier and will encourage new readers to appreciate Bronte’s work. I love art and this is definately a form of it! I have my eye on Emma as my next Manga classic, a five on the en-JOY-ment scale!
For those of you who have never read manga:
“Manga (漫画) are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art. “Manga” as a term used outside Japan refers to comics originally published in Japan. Owing to this heritage the book reads from right to left and starts at what Westerners would term the back of the book making it an authentic experience!” from Wikipedia
From the back cover:
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 beautiful Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Thank you to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for the advance copy.