There are two camps of readers when it comes to the classics - those who consider the original sacred and not to be bruised and those who long for a less ponderous version to concentrate on the story rather than becoming confused with syntax and stylistic problems. Wayne Josephson has managed to probably satisfy both camps in his re-working of Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE. Perhaps the many filmed versions of this great old story have aided both Josephson and us in returning to the classic novel: the story itself is well known to just about everyone now. But place your library copy next to Josephson's 're-working' and you will find that none of the grace and gentility of Bronte's writing is missing, but instead the characters emerge more clearly and the story is propelled more convincingly when the little Bronte dalliances with embroidered thoughts are revised/condensed/distilled. What Josephson has accomplished is making the original novel simply more accessible to the modern reader and for that reason those 'Protectors of the Great Literature Clan' should be happy. Their commitment to perpetuating the longevity of the great books is even more assured. Excellent work - from Bronte of course, and yes, from Wayne Josephson! Grady Harp, November 09
Spoiler Alert: Plot elements were used Victorian England, setting of many popular works of fictional literature, was a complex world with many issues, traditions, assumptions, and moral values. Portraying a fictional character that does not live in accord with this rigid setting intrinsically highlights the culture of this society. In Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, the protagonist of the same name is such character – one who sharply contrasts with … more
This was a very enjoyable book. I'm not sure it quite lived up to all the hype about it, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It was very touching and moving, something I still like to read it again every once in a while.
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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