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South African Kohler's well-written seventh novel takes the lives of the Brontës: Charlotte, Emily, Anne, Branwell and their father, and substitutes imagination for facts. The book opens in 1846 with Charlotte's father recovering from eye surgery in Manchester, England. The narrative follows the internal ragings and musings of Rev. Brontë, the Brontë sisters, the nurse briefly hired to help Charlotte and her father, their own nurse of many years and even the mother of George Smith, the eventual publisher of Jane Eyre. Charlotte's desire for a heroine with more courage than she herself has spills onto the page during the long, lonely hours of her father's convalescence, as she remembers her doomed love for her teacher in Brussels and other hurts and affronts throughout her life. Kohler (Crossways) gives us a more multidimensional, passionate and temperamental Charlotte than most biographies. Too much narration and switching of points of view slows the pace, but connecting the writer with her heroine is intriguing. This novel will likely send fans back to the originals and should inspire those who know of the novels to finally read them. (Jan.)
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I'm so happy I stumbled on Becoming Jane Eyre. I probably wouldn't have found it if I hadn't been looking for a biographical fiction book to fulfill the requirements of a challenge... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Berls
Rather dull. Hard to follow. Why would anyone give this more than two stars? I found it boring and confusing. I couldn't figure out who she was talking about most of the time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by pearl lou
This is a well written, imaginative book which looks at interpreting the facts of Charlotte Bronte's life, and their effects on her fiction. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Lady Fancifull
Loved this book, lots of interesting information about the Bronte family. Did not realize how much of their live experiences were included in their books.Published on December 26, 2012 by annmk
Becoming Jane Eyre is the story of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. It focuses particularly on Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Black Plum
I enjoyed it but it took me awhile to get into it. I don't know if it was the writing style or just the topic in general. It is challenging digging into so personal a life story. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by S. Schaffer
I didn't expect Becoming Jane Erye to be so compelling. First, Kohler weaves biography throughout the short novel. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by E. Begody