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Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel (American English, Original Text) Paperback – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Classical Comics; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906332479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906332471
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Classical Comics series presents great literary works in multiple volumes, each written in text of varying simplicity to suit a wide range of readers’ abilities and interests. This Original Text edition features the more challenging language of the two versions of Jane Eyre (the other being an abridged Quick Text), with sentences drawn directly from Brontë’s classic novel. Words printed in bold indicate the rhythmic emphasis in each sentence and will help guide readers through the skillfully abbreviated text. Burns’ artwork suffers somewhat in the fine detail; faces sometimes appear distorted in their lack of definition. The scenes’ compositions are excellent, though, and Burns ably conveys the dramatic action and romance and even extends the story in wordless panels that portray the characters’ thoughts. The extensive back matter includes a long prose biography of Brontë, a chronology of her life, a Brontë family tree, and an interesting spread describing how the dual graphic editions of this classic were created. A solid, accessible graphic adaptation of a novel that teens continue to read for pleasure as well as for assignment. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg

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Customer Reviews

"Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel" is a very worthwhile introduction to a classic novel.
D. S. Thurlow
I can appreciate it only as a novelty item, but would never recommend it to someone who has not read Bronte's novel.
Luxx Mishley
The context of the story is succinct and compacted, so that I efficiently grasp the essence of the plot.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grace L on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I do not have any experience with graphic novels or comics beyond the random flipping through of my cousin's Batman comics. I found the Graphic Novel version of Jane Eyre to be completely interesting and engaging. The illustrations were magnificent. They really brought the story of Jane Eyre to life. The language was almost exactly the same as the novel. There was once jarring moment where Jane says "Huh?". It just didn't fit with the language of the rest of the comic.

This graphic novel and other graphic novels like it would be excellent in the school atmosphere where some students would be more likely to read and enjoy a graphic novel rather than the novel itself. These graphic novels are beautifully illustrated and remain true to the novels they are based on. I will definitely be buying more of them and hope and pray they make one for Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Wagner on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The point of creating the Graphic Novel is to encourage today's students to go back to the original and enjoy it more. Ooops, I gave the game away! :) The Comic's text has been wonderfully abridged, and Americanized (hence the "Huh?" Jane says). I suggest renting the 1973 BBC version, if your Blockbuster has it. The 1983 version is adequate: I believe Mr. Dalton did not have a "Jane" who challenged him. Teased him. Stuck a sly penknife, so to speak, under his ear. Mr. Jayston and Miss Cusack, however, take the witty script and run with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenza on May 15, 2010
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I bought this book as a birthday gift for my sister. My sister is a big fan of Jane Eyre. She could not wait to read it and check out the graphics. It was a good purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lucas on October 4, 2011
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Back around 1960 John Burns, the illustrator of Classic Comics "Jane Eyre" and I were both in the RAF and stationed at RAF Brampton in England. John was good enough to help me in my own drawing efforts before being posted, I believe to Singapore. I still have some of his original pencil and water color sketches from that time and have always admired his style. After National Service I moved to California and heard no more about John but have never forgotten the enormous talent he had. I am pleased that thousands of others, through John's published work, have also enjoyed his talents.
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Lovely art, and a wonderful read for anyone who is a Jane Eyre fan. I enjoyed it immensely.

However, over a vacation, I gave it to a friend to read who likes graphic novels but hasn't read Jane Eyre before. She ended up confused several times and had a lot of questions throughout the story when holes weren't being filled in.

That said, definitely worth a read for Jane fans who would like to see the story in a new format.
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By J on January 8, 2014
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It was in perfect condition and exactly what I expected. I'm not sure why the library didn't want it anymore.
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By Andréa on April 25, 2013
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A very good translation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. There is a pretty design and a romantic performance. It has a lot of details, but the gotic aspect may have a deeper approach.
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By Jane on January 22, 2013
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Clever and witty presentation of an abiding story. Let's hope it encourages people - later - to go to the original, and also to savour that flavour of past times. Great stuff!
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