Jane Steele

Jane Steele

A Confession

Large Print - 2016
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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?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410490797
1410490793
Branch Call Number: F FAYE
Characteristics: 659 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Brontina66
Oct 08, 2017

Although I am normally wary when it comes to books 'inspired' by "Jane Eyre" (sequels, prequels, Jane as a vampire slayer or a detective, etc), I must say that I have really enjoyed this story. First of all, this is not a re-writing of the original novel by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Steele is a young woman who happens to live a complicated life in Victorian England, to have a penchant for murder, and to like the book "Jane Eyre." The story is told with humor and is an interesting foray in the Victorian London underworld, where our Jane feels at ease and where she learns invaluable skills with a knife and with a pen. I don't want to reveal the plot, so I will say that there are occasional similarities with the Bronte book, but this is a far different story. Some important issues are also addressed here, such as children and women's abuse, addictions, or imperialism. I am actually sorry that I didn't know about this book last year, when I took a class on British imperialism and Victorian Lit. I worked on how the distant East 'invades' the tranquility of the English countryside in Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" and this book shows how colonial crimes in India have consequences not only on the perpetrators but also on some innocent victims. In any case, I highly suggest reading this book (and "The Moonstone").

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marthabwaters
Mar 23, 2017

There are few things I love more than 19th century British lit, but when this book came out, I must confess to thinking, "Do we really need another Jane Eyre retelling? Along with all the Austen ones? Are we hitting up the Brontes now, too? Really?" But here's the part where I have to eat my words, because THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. It's a retelling of Jane Eyre, yes, but it makes Jane a serial killer rather than a simple governess (the opening pages of the book involve the sentence, "Reader, I murdered him" -- cue heart-eyes emojis here, please) and Faye adds the interesting twist that her titular character has actually read Jane Eyre itself, adding a weird level of meta to the whole endeavor. And this is just so, so good -- the writing is pitch-perfect, Jane is a great heroine, Mr. Thornfield (the Mr. Rochester stand-in, who has been given the name of Mr. Rochester's manor house in the original book, one of many nice nods to the source material) is dreamy and just generally way less of a creep than Mr. Rochester is in the original (no mad wives in the attic!), and the whole thing is clever and well-researched and just a total delight from start to finish. If you love Merry Olde England, you will love this book.

PinesandPrejudice Feb 04, 2017

I just didn't get this novel. I am not a fan of Jane Eyre as it is so I am still unsure as to why I picked this book up. I thought it would be darker but it was still romantic, dramatic and not dark enough for how it was advertised in my opinion. It was okay -- but I didn't understand why this story needed to be told or retold.

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laphampeak
Dec 27, 2016

Where can you find a story that acknowledges Jane Eyre at the beginning of each chapter, fuels the strong independent woman theme at a time when women were for marriage, kids, or whores, bends a good mystery like Sherlock Holmes, and even makes for a bit of historic literature? This novel had a little bit of everything a reader could want with twists and turns, humor, and mayhem.

Dec 06, 2016

Jane Steele both pays homage to and reimagines Jane Eyre, except Jane Steele is a serial killer.

It was a delight to read. Highly recommended.

JCLAmandaW Sep 01, 2016

An interesting and well written story about a woman who is both villain and heroine. The book is written in Jane's point of view and offers a fascinating psychological insight into how she sees herself, how others see her and how you, the reader, may see her. Dark and humorous, it was a great read.

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ApollosRaven
Aug 27, 2016

Lyndsay Faye writes. Really writes. Writes so well, so intelligently, and so skillfully inhabits the narrative voice of Jane Steele that I'm now reading her earlier books. Jane Eyre accepted the injustices visited upon her.... Jane Steele does not.

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finn75
Jul 10, 2016

A reimaginging of Jane Eyre as a heroic serial killer. Your sympathy is with the heroine as she deals with one blow after another before finding her own happy ending.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

This was fun. I was glad to read in the author’s notes, that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. It was intended an improbably remake of Jane Eyre. It was satisfying to see love triumph over evil as Jane found her true love where she least expected it.

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jazpur
May 06, 2016

Not really. No. The question is why do this? Just because you can doesn't always mean that you should. All a bit much. However, it was amusing and satirical in parts which helped get past the bogged down bits.

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Jul 09, 2016

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