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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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  • 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: 6.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 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: #224,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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There's not a lot to say about the graphic novel version of "Jane Eyre" more than "it's the most faithful adaptation I've come across". It even got the "and a little depressed" scene spot on! This graphic novel version can be got in two versions. The "original text version" (black cover, the one I read) has the dialogue and descriptions like they are in the original, except perhaps a bit shortened. After all, they're trying to squeeze in a lot of novel in 144 pages! The other is a "quick text version" (colour cover) is called thus because it has a simplified language which might be easier for younger readers to understand - or people who find Victorian English too tedious.

Haven't really read any graphic novels as such, so I found it a bit tricky to get into, and with "Jane Eyre", the pictures - while lovely pieces of art - just distracted me from the story, because I kept thinking "but that's not what they look like!" all the time. The characters looked wrong, but it's no fault of the artist, but simply because we all create our own images in our heads as to what characters look like when we read something.

I would definitely recommend it, though. It's a great introduction to "Jane Eyre", and if you haven't got the patience to read the original book (or, let's be honest, get bored by it), or even to sit through four or five hours of BBC drama, but still want to know the story - this is excellent. It tells the whole story from beginning to end, and you get a good feel for it, without important things being missed or changed around. This is the original story, the way Brontë wrote it (purists delight!), and that's the purpose of it: to show a classic book to a new audience, but without losing any of the original story.
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If you are looking for a quick way 'read' Jane Eyre, then this is the one for you. It was quick and VERY easy (so easy, it had a glossary in the back for words like 'attic'). However, having read the original some time ago, and having seen screen adaptations of this work, there really wasn't anything missing, besides the in-depth descriptions by Charlotte Bronte.

The illustrations were very 'comic book' like and helped to add to the limited dialogue by 'painting' the picture of the various scenes. It seemed to stay true to the book's storyline. However, you only get a glimpse of many scenes, like the Lowood School, or how mean Jane's cousins were.

I don't think that I would recommend this book, but to a quite younger generation, who wants to know what Jane Eyre is all about. It might give the reader a simple taste, who will hopefully want more and thus turn to the original work by Charlotte Bronte.

I don't know what it is about our society that we feel we have to 'mash up' our classics, or to put them in graphic novel format. If it is the hope that it will get our younger generations to read more of the classics, I think this new craze is missing the point. But it seems almost geared toward a society of reading less in order to read a greater quantity. The main reason that I picked up this graphic novel was to see what all of the fuss was about. Now, I can say that I saw, I read, and I am sending it back to the library quickly, without further recommendations.
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