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Jane Steele av Lyndsay-Faye
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Jane Steele (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Lyndsay-Faye (Författare)

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'Reader, I murdered him.' JANE STEELE is a brilliant Gothic retelling of JANE EYRE from Edgar-nominated Lyndsay Faye, for fans of LONGBOURN and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES.'I loved it' - Elly Griffiths ** JANE STEELE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2017 ** Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors. A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past?… (mer)
Medlem:kbartosh
Titel:Jane Steele
Författare:Lyndsay-Faye (Författare)
Info:Headline Review (2016)
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:literature, 2018-challenge

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It’s been a long time since I read Jane Eyre, so I cannot speak to how closely Lyndsay Faye’s new novel follows the structure of that classic novel, but it is very clear that Jane Steele is an adaptation, with a twist: Jane’s actions in the book point toward psychopathic tendencies – she’s a murderess. I was intrigued, and a little nervous, about reading this book, because I wasn’t sure how the author would portray the protagonist, based on the description. However, it soon becomes clear that Jane only murders bad people, typically men who are abusive to people she cares about. The fact that she cares for so many of the people she encounters in the novel lead me to realize that Jane isn’t really a psychopath at all, but a tool for vengeance in a time when justice, especially for women, was rare. The story follows her early years, banishment to a cruel boarding school, homelessness, brief employment writing the last words of executed prisoners, to finally working incognito as a governess at the estate Jane was supposed to inherit from her family. I enjoyed reading this Jane’s story, but the introduction of Jane Steele’s familiarity with the actual Jane Eyre novel seems out of place to the narrative. It’s a fine adaptation, but reading that Jane Steele is a fan of the novel Jane Eyre brought a discordant feeling to this reader. Other than that one negative, I enjoyed getting to know Jane Steele, who survives a childhood of horrors, but gets her revenge in the end. Other Jane Eyre adaptations I’ve come across recently are Ironskin by Tina Connolly, a historical fantasy, a YA title called simply Jane by April Lindner and last year’s Re Jane by Patricia Park.

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  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
Reader, I was disappointed.

When I heard "Jane Eyre as serial killer," I expected some wickedly delicious hijinks, along the lines of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (though infinitely less stupid as PPZ ended up being). I was hoping that Jane would become a sly and unreliable narrator that messed with us and made us root for her diabolical ways. I hoped for an analogous plot that would start with the (hopefully) gruesome murders of Mrs. Reed, Eliza, Georgiana, and John and concluding with Bertha and Jane jointly taking out Mr. Rochester and then running off to the Caribbean to sip mimosas and high five over the very bad man they killed. Alas.

I was hoping for *American Psycho* meets Charles Dickens at his most devilish, and I instead got Charlotte Bronte meets Ann Radcliffe. Sigh.

Jane Steele is an orphan like Jane Eyre, and the novel starts with her resentment at being dependent on her aunt's grudging charity. Her cousin Edwin is a disgusting pig, and the novel begins with a confession: "Reader, I murdered him." Delicious. Unfortunately, the promise at so sly and cryptic a confession does not pan out. Jane's killings are all in self-defense or are completely understandable if you also justify Bob Ewell "falling on his own knife" in *To Kill a Mockingbird* (which, yes, we all accept that explanation, because Bob Ewell is a very bad man). Despite promises of Jane being wicked, she doesn't actually know how to be truly bad.

Don't even get me started on the Rochester character. He's so good, it's boring. Rochester is a very bad man, and changing him almost completely doesn't really fit the book's premise.

What I *did* like was the whole Anglo-Sikh history and conversation. That part would be useful for introducing the colonial aspects of the English empire and that Jane Eyre the novel only hints at with Bertha. This would be a useful companion to Jane Eyre, especially if you taught Wide Sargasso Sea for that reason.

If romance and history is your thing, you will probably love this novel very much. I tend to prefer satire and dark lit-fic, and this did not fulfill my particular tastes. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Jane Steele loves Charlotte Bronte's book, Jane Eyre. She sympathizes with Eyre because her own life mirrors portions of that heroine's life. Steele's early childhood is spent with relatives who detest her and a cousin who abuses her. She is then sent to a school where the headmaster mistreats and starves students. And, later in life, she works as a governess in a large house where mysteries abound. Jane Steele's life is like Jane Eyre's in many ways, but differs in one major twist: Jane Steele is a serial murderer.

This book is not a retelling of Jane Eyre. It is the main character's favorite book, so Faye takes bits and pieces of dialogue and prose from the classic and weaves it in and around Steele's tale of her own life. In the end, the two stories delve into the same aspects of the human condition: love, redemption, lies, betrayal, fear, deceit, good, and evil.

I enjoyed this book. I love it when a story surprises me. I didn't know what to expect from Jane Steele, but quickly found myself engrossed in the story. It wasn't a retelling of an old, familiar, loved story, but something completely new with a bit of the classic book sprinkled here and there to season the tale.

A reader does not have to have read Jane Eyre to enjoy this book. For those who have read the classic, there are references that will hold deeper meaning. But it won't hinder enjoyment of the story for those who are unfamiliar with Jane Eyre.

Lyndsay Faye also wrote Dust and Shadow, and the Timothy Wilde trilogy.
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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
So brilliant! Jane Steele is a devoted re-reader of Jane Eyre. As her name suggests, however, she is no airy copy of her favorite heroine, though her life falls along similar lines -- and therein lies the genius of this book. SEMI-SPOLILERS AHEAD! For example, Jane Steele also works as a governess for a mysterious bachelor with a young girl ward. But this bachelor is loquacious, where Rochester is reticent; besotted with his ward, where Rochester is contemptuous; has a mysterious basement whereas Rochester's attic hides his secret. END SPOILERS The book is filled with these brilliant juxtapositions that aren't necessarily funny in their own right but, when pushed up against Bronte's novel, become hilarious, lightly parodying Bronte's gothic while lovingly staying true to its story of female trial, independence and strength. It reminded me of Austen's Northanger Abbey in that it mocks the gothic while showing that its conventions serve as metaphors for real evil in the world.

I've written on and taught Jane Eyre more times than I can count so for me the book was as delightful as the richest of chocolate cakes. I'm not sure a reader who hasn't read Jane Eyre would feel quite the same, so if you're interested in this book and haven't read JE, I'd recommend reading it first (and anyway, just read Jane Eyre! It's fantastic!). Then, dear Reader, sit back and enjoy because this is quite the ride. ( )
  susanbooks | Nov 8, 2020 |
I wouldn't call this an adaptation of Jane Eyre, but it was a fun story. It captures the feel of early Victorian writing, while exploring topics an early Victorian writer could not have if they wanted to be published. The story also mentions the first and second Sikh wars, and now I need to go research them. What more could anyone ask? ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
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'Reader, I murdered him.' JANE STEELE is a brilliant Gothic retelling of JANE EYRE from Edgar-nominated Lyndsay Faye, for fans of LONGBOURN and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES.'I loved it' - Elly Griffiths ** JANE STEELE HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2017 ** Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors. A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past?

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