- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First edition (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627791833
- ISBN-13: 978-1627791830
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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“In Texts from Jane Eyre Mallory Ortberg hilariously proves that she understands fictional characters better than they understand themselves. She makes me laugh like no one else.” ―Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
“Dear Mallory Ortberg's Publisher: Please send me 27 cases of Texts from Jane Eyre, because I ate it like it was candy coated in crack cocaine, it's the best, and I need to give it to everyone.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things
“Witty and literate. Smart-ass humor with an emphasis on smart. I'm not sure who I'm more jealous of: Mallory Ortberg for her comic brilliance, or whoever got to sit next to her in high school English.” ―Adam Bertocci, author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski
“Mallory Ortberg is actually, literally the funniest person on the internet. It turns out she has also read everything. This is the smartest, most highbrow, most sophisticated literary book that will ever make you pee yourself in public.” ―Rachel Fershleiser, co-editor of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
“[A] splendid and wry work of humor writing...Texts from Jane Eyre is to literary culture what The Daily Show is to politics: both use satire to expose the contradictions and absurdity enabling powerful figures.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books
“What if the greatest characters in literary history all carried around smartphones and typed out messages to each other?...[A] highbrow yet subversive sensibility” ―NPR Morning Edition
“These informal, off the cuff missives are true to each character's voice, as Ortberg understands them deeply--and the result is hilarious...Don't resist. Just give in to this crazy, wonderful book.” ―Bustle.com
“Humorist Ortberg offers a side-splitting take on famous literary characters from Gilgamesh to Hermione Granger by peeking into their imagined text messages...Ortberg charmingly captures, in short, palatable bytes, what is most memorable about famous books and their indelible characters.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Ortberg finds a way of lampooning the ridiculous characters of the past (both fictional and non fiction) thanks to her endless knowledge of and passion for western literature and history and her sharp humor.” ―BUST Magazine
“[Texts from Jane Eyre] is a treasure trove of weird literary jokes which, to be honest, are our favorite kind.” ―Brooklyn Magazine
“Each [text conversation] brings a contemporary sensibility to timeless publications of yore. Be prepared to LOL--literally.” ―Los Angeles Magazine
“Anyone who is really into the classics and also has a sense of humor will appreciate [Texts from Jane Eyre]. It will make a great holiday present.” ―BookRiot's "In the Mailbag"
“[T]his book is a literary aficionado's dream!...This compendium of witty and absolutely charming text messages from and to characters that we all know...had me laughing out loud and rereading over and over again.” ―Thereviewbroads.com
“[A] super-funny book that envisions what text conversations would be like with your favorite literary legends...I recommend you pick up Texts from Jane Eyre for any book lover with a sense of humor (and maybe a cell phone.)” ―Zulkey.com
“Just in time to complete your Christmas shopping...Read it and send your AP English teacher a thank-you note. ” ―Jezebel.com
“This makes me laugh...Cliff's Notes seem so wordy now, don't they?” ―Houston Chronicle
About the Author
Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women. She has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic. She lives in the Bay Area.
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A couple of these have appeared in her online work, but most were new to me. The few sections that were based on books I hadn't read, I was at least familiar enough with the basic premise/characters that I "got it." Medea, petulant Achilles, Pride & Predjudice, and E.A.Poe are, to my mind, instant short-form comedy classics.
One complaint. No, two complaints. TOO SHORT I NEED MORE, and also omg how did you not do "Vanity Fair"?! COME ON, that one is PERFECT. A sequel is required, with Vanity Fair. Also Ivanhoe.
idea to present great love stories in literature through modern texting. So any sexual content is mild but very witty and
hilariously funny. I only wish I had bought the printed book, rather than getting it on Kindle. The texts are very carefully
placed on the page for maximum effect and that design element is lost when you use Kindle.
If you love snarky humor mixed with tech and literary references, you'll enjoy this book. My favorite, I think, was Emily Dickinson:
"when I die
I wish to be buried in that Shawl
I wish to be buried - in ten Thousand
Shawls - "
"you're not dying
you're just afraid of the stairs'
"No Coward Soul Is Mine
I fear no Step'd Floor'
"do you want me to just bring it to you"
"if you are already going to be coming
will you also grab my slippers by the
and also -"
"some - Tea"
This is a great example of what you're in for. Also, Peeta/Katniss and Ron/Hermione were hilarious, too!
Really enjoyable book that was a welcome respite from the more serious of my more recent reads.
This is probably best as a bathroom read or for the coffee table. It's something to digest in short bursts and could possibly spark fun conversations with other avid readers. While some reviewers found it uproariously funny, I personally wouldn't recommend buying it if your goal is to be out of your seat laughing with sore ab muscles from constant hilarity; it will most likely disappoint if held to that standard.