Hey all, Dani here.
It’s time for Manga Monday part two, and this time around I’m back with another Manga Classic review. I’m actually really having a good time revisiting some classic literature in this format, which is really cool.
I’m glad the work day is over finally. I ended up having to work so much harder than normal because I was sent to an area where all the regular workers are home under quarantine, and I just happened to be one of the few people who knew the more difficult jobs and such. So my body is going to be pretty sore. I think I need to take a nice hot shower and then relax for the evening.
But first, let’s worry about this review. I guess I should also say that I was granted access to a digital copy of this book through NetGalley, so thank you to Udon Entertainment and NetGalley for letting me read this lovely story adaptation. All right, let’s jump into the review.
Story by: Charlotte Bronte
Story Adaptation by: Crystal S. Chan
Art by: Po Tse
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
ISBN: 1927925657 (ISBN13: 9781927925652)
As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.
Rating: 4 stars
Much like with my experience reading Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility, this was a lovely way for me to revisit a classic piece of literature that I had read a few different times for school, and I haven’t picked it up in years.
The art style is manga cute, but I don’t think I liked the story adaptation and art with this one as much. I don’t know. Jane just seemed a little too angelic and round-faced, and I’ve always seen her as rather waif-like considering the limited nutrition at the school and all of that.
Granted, I can also admit that while I like the story of Jane Eyre, it is not exactly a favorite classic. I rank it with other stories like Wuthering Heights that are good to read and study, but that I don’t get the obsessive appeal of these stories.
Still, I can say that this was nice to read, and because of it being a manga, it read faster than if I picked up the novel, though honestly I probably should pick up a few of the classics and read them again.
But I think reading and enjoying this tale as well has made it so I want to read the entire line of Udon Entertainment Manga Classics. These are a great way to experience these pieces of literature in a very enjoyable format with adaptations that still hold to the heart and themes of the original narrative, which is absolutely wonderful.
Where to Get a Copy
You can also check with your local library.