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Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent. At its center are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre. I read this book in an airport, expecting that it would be standard, light and frothy airport fare. Strangely, it took me right to early Victorian London, so that I looked up from the book and had to remember I wasn't there.

This book is Charlotte Bronte in glimpses, in word snapshots. It is such a "quiet" book, quiet like those women who are mad but are hiding all of the anger behind a frozen smile. It is like sitting in a very quiet room, and hearing the rustle of people's skirts as they walk, I read this book in an airport, expecting that it would be standard, light and frothy airport fare. It is like sitting in a very quiet room, and hearing the rustle of people's skirts as they walk, or the sound of the wind outside, and looking at the faces of your family every now and then as you read or write.

But in all of this silence, you can hear all around an intense whispering of words which are only alive on the unspoken page. Refreshing to me was Kohler's ability to create an atmosphere that never hinted by any means to be other than Bronte's time. I remember watching Somewhere in Time, where the guy is able to visit the past by a sort of mind manipulation, but if on his journey to the past, he sees any reminder of the present, he will instantly be recalled to his own time.

In the end, he finds a penny in his pocket from the present day, and it ruins everything. I felt that she painted the real Charlotte somehow. It seems like many historical fiction writers can't help but throw a penny into their picture of the past, either overemphasizing famous names and news stories of the time, or trying too hard to write dialogue of the past but making silly mistakes by throwing in modern colloquialisms. Today we remember Charlotte Bronte for her moral courage, for her emotional honesty, for her passionate intensity.

But we forget some of the things about Charlotte Bronte's nature that probably perplexed those around her: her pride and inability to accept criticism clearheadedly, the manner in which her intense emotions probably frightened people off: the fact that until she was recognized for her work, she was obscure and treated so. I am glad that Kohler included these things, and made Charlotte's life and struggles real. Anything that has to do with the Brontes pretty much ensures I will pick it up and read it.

It was a very intimate, yet strangely distant account of the Bronte family. Mostly, Charlotte of course but also quite a bit about Anne and Emily. And while it is fiction, you can imagine how true some of the issues addressed are. Like how Charlotte must have felt inscure and jealous when her two sisters books Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights were accepted for publishing Anything that has to do with the Brontes pretty much ensures I will pick it up and read it.

Like how Charlotte must have felt inscure and jealous when her two sisters books Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights were accepted for publishing while her own first attempt The Professor was rejected. And then again, how jealous and slighted Anne and Emily felt when Charlotte's Jane Eyre met with great success and, in turn, set great critisizm onto their own works.

You get more insight into the stories behind well Rochester is blind like the Bronte father, how Charlotte fell in love with a reserved professor and how their drunken brother became inspiration for both The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights You don't necessarily feel very close to any of the characters even with how intimate the accounts are, but you feel you know them and their motives and, in course, their writing much better.

Unfortunately, I was teaching it to year-old boys at the time, so I had to feign a certain amount of enthusiasm. But a funny thing happened on the way to education: While John Knowles's "A Separate Peace" grew thinner and sillier to me every year, "Jane Eyre" blossomed into one of my favorites.

With the plot's smoldering melodrama, the heroine's boundless suffering "Unjust! Heads up: Fforde starts a new series next week. Parallels between Charlotte and her famous heroine are an irresistible subject of critical inquiry, and even if those parallels are sometimes drawn too baldly in "Becoming Jane Eyre," Kohler's novel remains a stirring exploration of the passions and resentments that inspired this 19th-century classic.

The story begins in a silence so complete that you can hear Charlotte's pencil scratching on paper. She's nursing her stern though needy father, who's recovering from eye surgery that has left him temporarily they hope blind. The horror of her mother's long illness and death still hangs over this family, but there's a more recent cause for sadness: Charlotte's novel, "The Professor," has just been rejected, and the poet Robert Southey has written her a condescending note: "Literature cannot and should not be the business of a woman's life.

She will write about something she knows well: her passion. Kohler's method is highly impressionistic, concentrating expansively on some moments while brushing over whole years elsewhere. But this story is always Charlotte's, and it's always quietly hypnotic. Let her employers get down on their fat knees and beg her pardon!

We follow her memories of that deadly boarding school we know as Lowood. We see her studying and then teaching in Brussels under the tutelage of a capricious but mesmerizing married man who stole Charlotte's heart and then cast it aside William Hurt, Timothy Dalton, Orson Welles? And everywhere, we catch impassioned echoes of "Jane Eyre": "Do you think," Charlotte screams at her choleric teacher, "I don't feel what other people do, that I don't long for the same things as you! She would like to entertain, to startle, to give voice to what they hold in secret in their hearts, to allow them to feel they are part of a larger community of sufferers.

She would like to show them all that a woman feels: the boredom of a life confined to tedious domestic tasks. And then, of course, there's the even larger problem of their precocious, shamelessly spoiled brother, who first absorbs all their father's hopes and then inspires all his despair. Kohler depicts him as Heathcliff and the first Mrs. Rochester spun together, a vampiric young man full of charm but driven by addictions that threaten to drag this remarkable family into the flames. Long, tedious pa I picked this up in audiobook format on a whim. Likewise, the narrative treatment of the marriage, pregnancy, and death of Charlotte herself was mystifyingly brief and shallow.

Adding to my disappointment, I found the audiobook narration to be abominable, giving Charlotte the limited and annoying vocal range of a six-year-old, and turning Emily into a more cultured and well-spoken English version of Calamity Jane. My notes on this book have been gathering dust for about 3 months now, and looking over them, it really just boils down to "wow, this was a terrible book.

Kohler beats you over the h My notes on this book have been gathering dust for about 3 months now, and looking over them, it really just boils down to "wow, this was a terrible book. Kohler beats you over the head with the "parallels" to Jane Eyre, so much so that it gets very annoying very fast. Yes, we've all read the novel--why on earth is Kohler essentially retelling it here?

Telling--not showing--is how Kohler operates, and the book suffers as a result. I grabbed this one from the library because I am very curious about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. This book takes the reader into the time period when Charlotte was taking care of her father while he was recovering from his eye surgery. Each of the Bronte children get a turn to shine in this little gem and I came to realize that the sisters hard a very hard life, especially when it came to their spoiled, drug addicted brother. The first 50 pages or so were a bit slow for me and I almost shut I grabbed this one from the library because I am very curious about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters.

The first 50 pages or so were a bit slow for me and I almost shut the book for good. But curiosity about Charlotte won out and I'm glad that I finished it. It wasn't the best book about Charlotte I've read, that would be The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, but it was a solid read that did fill in some gaps for this reader. One of the reasons I love Jane Eyre is because it is so virtuous- no erotic scenes between her and Mr. I think Charlotte Bronte would be ashamed of this book, angry even. Though Sheila Kohler does seem to follow at least want to follow Bronte in great descriptive detail, a lot of this seems way too contrived for me.

Seems like Kohler's idea was to spice up an old classic with eroticism to make it appealing to a wider audience. This novel, about the Brontes, seemed to have little new or interesting information to add to what little I already knew about this famous family.

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At first I found it somewhat dull, it seemed little more than a rehash of a Bronte biography, but something happened between page and and by the last page I found that I really liked it. I liked the way Sheila Kohler pieced together key elements from the Bronte sisters' lives and the way they manifested themselves into their writings. But I think I might have had a different perception of Wuthering Heights if I had read this book first. Which was predominately about Daphne Du Maurier but also has a strong flavor of Bronte as it's set during the period she was writing her biography of Branwell Bronte.

I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's not at all familiar with the Brontes. I'm not a huge Bronte fan but I've had 'Villet' by Charlotte Bronte on my to-be-read pile for a while. After finishing this I'm looking forward to reading it sooner rather than later. I think this would be good to read immediately after Jane Eyre and I think it would make a good book club selection. The sisters are shown bickering over the news and Charlotte left sitting in silent disapproval expecting her siblings to turn down the offer.


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Having supported each other not only in their writings but in the trials of their adult lives, I think this would be more likely. I am very interested in the Brontes and I liked the way the author highlighted how their important life events emerged in their writings. Kohler's interpretation of Charlotte Bronte's life as she imagines and writes her classic, Jane Eyre, feels contemplative and genuine. The pacing is somewhat slow, but little jewels here and there ring with whispered truth rather than dramatic impact. I enjoyed the glimpses at Bronte's life and that of her sisters - their struggles with employment particularly as governesses , the heartbreaking story of caring for More of a character sketch than a story, really.

I enjoyed the glimpses at Bronte's life and that of her sisters - their struggles with employment particularly as governesses , the heartbreaking story of caring for their addict brother, frequent disappointments in love and publishing - and how they translated their lives to their craft. In the novel as in their individual writings , Emily actually grabbed me much more forcefully than her protagonist sister.

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Warm my dry, old flesh and bones. It is like the cry of the wind or--some sort of electricity. The moon to his sun, she shines only with his reflected light. Charlotte of her brother Perhaps the best loved always suffers most. Does it come from the family arms she once saw in a church, or the river she knows well, the beautiful valley of the Ayre? Or is it a name that comes from air, perhaps, or fire? Ire and eyer: she is the one who now sees in her father's place.

Fire and ire will be in the book: rage at the world as it is. A name that conjures up duty and dullness, childhood and obedience, but also spirit and liberty, a sprite's name, a fairy's name, half spirit, half flesh, light in darkness, truth and hypocrisy, the name of one who sees: Jane Eyre. The title, look and theme of this book is very appealing to me. However, after the first few chapters I could tell this book was not what I thought it was. At first I thought it was just something to get used to as most books are not written in this style.

I realize that The title, look and theme of this book is very appealing to me. I realize that Becoming Jane Eyre is a fiction, however, Kohler added some facts into the book that really happened in the Bronte's lives. I did not like the added sexual content between Charlotte's father and mother. It was uncomfortable for me and I do not believe her father to have been a chauvinist.

In addition, there is not a lot of time spent in reading about Charlotte's siblings. However, when they are mentioned, I feel they are really destroyed as the poeple I came to know in The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. I might have conjured up my own belief as to who these people were, but I like to think that having an author take diary and letter entries and putting them on paper has created a close, if not accurate depiction, of who they were as living people. I felt myself disagreeing with its contents in almost every chapter. It is sad to say but, for me, this book was a disappointment.

I've also visited the Parsonage at Haworth where you get a real feel for the isolation they must have felt, cooped up in that dark house, left motherless at an early age. I admire any writer who takes on a project like this, a merge of fact and fiction, as Brontephiles can be quite sensitive to any conjectures re their heroines.

Sheila Kohler is obviously a fan and her "faction" is based on solid research. Some might question the suggestion that Charlotte was envious of her sister's success but I, personally, thought it was an interesting viewpoint. As usual Branwell is the villain of the piece with the bed burning and laudanum addiction included. Overall this is an interesting read although I felt the author skimmed over the deaths of Charlotte's siblings and her courtship with Arthur Bell Nicholls. It's still a good introduction to the Brontes and how their upbringing and environment influenced themes in their novels.

The story begins in South Africa with the Bronte family. First, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Bramwell, work together to help their father get back on his feet. Charlotte spent much of her time with her father lying in bed, during the long, lonely hours of his convalescence. Unfortunately, Charlotte's mind is focused on being in Brussels, totally doomed for her love for her teacher. She knows that sit will stay with her throughout her life. Her Father recovered from his eye surgery in Manchester, England, getting better every day.

His daughters immediately accepted local work ,"brief-hired-help", in the community until their father is back on his feet. I loved the well written characters, which kept me busy. Deaths in family; wife Maria Bramwell ; first child, Maria or ; second child, Elizabeth ; Charlotte ; Patrick Bramwell ; Emily ; and Anne The critics noted that some of the parallels drawn between Charlotte's life and that of Jane seem contrived, and some of her hand-wringing sounds uncannily like 21st-century angst, but these were quickly dismissed as minor complaints. Other critics considered Becoming Jane Eyre a perceptive meditation on the act of literary creation.

Fans of Jane Eyre won't want to miss this companion piece, but those new to the classic will want to start there. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. Found the last part too abrupt--Anne, Emily and Bramwell all die offstage in a sentence, as if Kohler got tired of writing this book.

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Having read a lot of books about the Brontes I wasn't sure if I woud like this. I felt that the author got right into Charlottes head and wove the facts and the fiction together extremely well. I've been a fan of Jane Eyre for years, I even did a college paper on it that required some research. Yet, I had no idea how much of the story is thought to be inspired by Charlotte Bronte's own life. This book is a fictional account of the last nine years of Charlotte's life - starting from the time she began writing Jane Eyre while caring for her father who had just had eye surgery.

Yet, it's based on the author's own research of the Brontes' life and there is probably a lot of truth to it. Char I've been a fan of Jane Eyre for years, I even did a college paper on it that required some research. Charlotte had two older sisters who died as a result of horrible conditions at the boarding school they were attending. The oldest, Maria, was the inspiration for the character of Jane's friend, Helen. I understand that character much better now that I know that.

I'm guessing that Maria may not have been as saintly as Charlotte portrayed her, but she was a younger sister looking up to her older sister who was being treated so badly. When her two older sisters died, Charlotte became the oldest, with younger sisters Emily and Anne and younger brother Branwell. Charlotte's mother died when she was very young, and Charlotte's father, the parson, seems to favor this only son moreso than all his girls combined. Charlotte had also worked as both a governess and a teacher. It talks about how she "failed" at both these professions.

But it was not that she couldn't do the jobs, it was more that her employers treated her very badly. She just wanted to be recognized for her intelligence and treated like a real person. Having had many jobs where this didn't happen for me either, I can really relate to that. I knew that the Bronte sisters published their books under male sounding pen names. But this book goes into more detail about the whole publishing process that was interesting to read. I have always found it hard to believe that a publisher would publish a book without ever meeting the author in person.

It wasn't just one publisher either, because as it turns out, Emily and Anne had offers from one publisher who turned Jane Eyre down! Then Charlotte found another who said yes to publishing Jane Eyre. It shows how Charlotte went from being someone that no one noticed, to being the center of attention when Jane Eyre became the most talked about book of it's time.

That makes a certain amount of sense, though, because I never really got Wuthering Heights. It seems that I am not alone in that either, because at the time of publication, a lot of people had problems with Emily's book. I have not read any of Anne's work, but now I am planning to do just that. This book takes us through the deaths of Branwell, Emily and finally Anne. They died within a short period of time and I felt very sad for Charlotte to be the only sibling left.

But she did have some happiness because of Jane Eyre's success. I'm really happy to know that the book I love so much was loved right from the start. Also, while I have always related to Jane, I now feel much closer to the woman who created her - and that's a very good feeling. If you like Jane Eyre, this book is definitely worth reading! Jane Eyre is one of my all time favourites from the classics and this inspired retelling of the life of Charlotte Bronte, as she writes her novel is written with much respect.

The story of the Bronte family, in particular Charlotte and her two younger sisters is an oft told, truly tragic tale. As is said, life is stranger than fiction and at times far more poignant. This has an entirely plausible storyline as to the events leading up to and after the publication of Jane Eyre and although a littl Jane Eyre is one of my all time favourites from the classics and this inspired retelling of the life of Charlotte Bronte, as she writes her novel is written with much respect.

This has an entirely plausible storyline as to the events leading up to and after the publication of Jane Eyre and although a little slow to start it's a book any fan of Charlotte Bronte will enjoy. At times it was a little choppy for me and I had to go back and re-read a section to figure out which character was speaking. I have always loved the book Jane Eyre because of how strong a character she was, but the author was also a strong woman who had a big dream to write a book back when it was unhea I enjoyed this book, even though it was fictional.