Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

A mixed bag Although there are some very good stand alone stories from Tessa Hadley Sarah Hall Emma Donoghue and Elizabeth McCracken as you might expect ultimately the theme is not strong enoug

A mixed bag. Although there are some very good stand-alone stories (from Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Emma Donoghue and Elizabeth McCracken, as you might expect), ultimately the theme is not strong enough to tie them all together and some seem like pieces the authors had lying around and couldn’t figure out what else to do with. Think about it this way: what story isn’t about romance and the decision to marry?A few of the tales do put an interesting slant on this age-old storyline by positing a lesbian relationship for the protagonist or offering the possibility of same-sex marriage. Then there are the stories that engage directly with the plot and characters of Jane Eyre, giving Grace Poole’s (Helen Dunmore) or Mr. Rochester’s (Salley Vickers) side of things, putting Jane and Rochester in couples therapy (Francine Prose), or making Jane and Helen Burns part of a post-WWII Orphan Exchange (Audrey Niffenegger). My feeling with these spinoff stories was, I’m afraid, what’s the point? Plus there were a number of others that just felt tedious.My least favorites were probably by Lionel Shriver (incredibly boring!), Kirsty Gunn (unrealistic, and she gives the name Mr. Rochester to a dog!) and Susan Hill (the title story, but she’s made it about (view spoiler)[Wallis Simpson – and has the audacity to admit, as if proudly, that she’s never read Jane Eyre (hide spoiler)]!). On the other hand, one particular standout is by Elif Shafak. A Turkish Muslim falls in love with a visiting Dutch student but is so unfamiliar with romantic cues that she doesn’t realize he isn’t equally taken with her.In Patricia Park’s story, my favorite of all, a Korean girl from Buenos Aires moves to New York City to study English. Park turns Jane Eyre on its head by (view spoiler)[having Teresa give up on the chance of romance to gain stability by marrying Juan, the St. John Rivers character (hide spoiler)]. I loved getting a glimpse into a world I was entirely ignorant of – who knew there was major Korean settlement in Argentina? This also redoubled my wish to read Park’s novel, Re Jane. She’s working on a second novel set in Buenos Aires, so perhaps it will expand on this story.The best Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre Creat Tracy Chevalier Joanna Briscoe Susan Hill Elizabeth McCracken Nadifa Mohamed Audrey Niffenegger Patricia Park Francine Prose are Book This collection of original stories by today s finest women writers including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and takes inspiration from a line in Charlotte Bront s most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Bront is revered by readers all over the world Her novels featuring unforThis collection of original stories by today s finest women writers including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and takes inspiration from a line in Charlotte Bront s most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Bront is revered by readers all over the world Her novels featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today And who could forget one of literature s best known lines Reader, I married him from her classic novel Jane Eyre Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Bront has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of today s most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.Reader, I Married Him will feature stories by Tracy Chevalier, Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Helen Dun, Kirsty Gunn, Joanna Briscoe, Jane Gardam, Emma Donaghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Elif Shafak, Evie Wyld, Patricia Park, Salley Vickers, Nadifa Mohamed, Esther Freud, Linda Grant, Lionel Shriver, Audrey Niffenegger, Namwali Serpell, and Elizabeth McCracken Unique, inventive, and poignant, the stories in Reader, I Married Him pay homage to the literary genius of Charlotte Bront , and demonstrate once again that her extraordinary vision continues to inspire readers and writers.. Born 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC Youngest of 3 children Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.Childhood Nerdy Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading Favorite authors back then Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander Book I would have taken to a desert island Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery.Education BA in English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1984 No one was surprised that I went there I was made for such a progressive, liberal place in creative writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1994 There s a lot of debate about whether or not you can be taught to write Why doesn t anyone ask that of professional singers, painters, dancers That year forced me to write all the time and take it seriously.Geography Moved to London after graduating from Oberlin in 1984 I had studied for a semester in London and thought it was a great place, so came over for fun, expecting to go back to the US after 6 months to get serious I m still in London, and still not entirely serious Even have dual citizenship though I keep the American accent intact.Family 1 English husband 1 English son 1 tortoiseshell cat.Career Before writing, was a reference book editor, working on encyclopedias about writers Yup, still nerdy Learned how to research and how to make sentences better Eventually I wanted to fix my own sentences rather than others , so I quit and did the MA.Writing Talked a lot about becoming a writer as a kid, but actual pen to paper contact was minimal Started writing short stories in my 20s, then began first novel, The Virgin Blue, during the MA year With Girl With a Pearl Earring written in 1998 , I became a full time writer, and have since juggled it with motherhood. A viral Ebook Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre I have only recently read Jane Eyre for the first time, and I have completely and utterly fallen in love with it. I don’t know why I was so nervous to read it! It is sheer perfection in book format. So if you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading Jane Eyre I suggest you remedy that...HASTILY!!! If a positively glowing review of all things Jane would help to sway you in your decision to reading it then you can find my review here.This year also happens to be 200 years since Jane Eyre’s author Charlotte Brönte’s birth and to celebrate this collection of short stories by modern authors inspired by the novel has been commissioned.And I just want to make a note about the beautiful cover! A pomegranate heart. I'm curious as to why the publishers and/or editor chose the pomegranate. There is a scene in Jane Eyre where Rochester talks about making his decision regarding Bertha while he "walked under the dripping orange-trees of (his) wet garden, and amongst its drenched pomegranates and pine-apples..." I suppose you could reason that the pomegranate therefore played an important role in Jane's life because of Rochester's decision that day. The path he chose to follow... How ultimately it led to those four words Reader, I married him. Each author in this collection took that famous line of Jane’s, ‘Reader I married him’, and let their own imagination take flight but all the while holding fast to Jane’s independent spirit. As with all short story collections some stories appealed to me more than others. I would like to mention that the majority of these stories are both very modern and loose interpretations of the source material. Jane is purely the authors’ muse. What follows is a brief review of each of the 21 short stories.My Mother's Wedding by Tessa HadleyAll his experience had been in books and he'd never properly come up against life in its full force before: he fell for the first real thing he laid his eyes on, like an innocent in a Shakespeare play.Each story in this compendium is inspired by the line Reader I Married Him. This particular story follows along the thought process of how brave it was of Jane, and Charlotte, to make that statement. "Reader I married him". I made up my own mind. I chose to do this. I have my own free will. My future is mine alone to decide what to do with. This story primarily follows the tale of a seventeen year old girl at her slightly kooky mother's wedding in the middle of the Welsh countryside. It's a story about making bold choices, a story about being different from the crowd. I liked this story quite a bit. It twisted and turned and I enjoyed the ending. Three stars------------------------------ Luxury Hour by Sarah HallA young mother is torn between past and present, looking for that sense of peace and calm for a luxury hour at the lido away from her infant son but then comes face to face with her past and her decision... Reader I married him... Who did she marry? Why did she marry? And was it the right choice? This story looks at the idea of committing oneself but trying to forget about it for just an hour... And then maybe even longer Three stars ------------------------------Grace Poole Her Testimony by Helen DunmoreThe pale one thinks she has the measure of us all. Up and down the garden she goes in the shadows of the evening. She ticks us off in her steps. The old lady. Mr R. The little girl. The guests who come and go. She would tick me off too but she only knows my name. She asked it and they told her: Grace Poole.Oh this story was VERY interesting. I guess it's like a little bit of Jane Eyre fan fiction??? The focus is firmly placed on the shoulders of the character Grace Poole who featured in the original novel and how she came to her station in life. Her interactions with Mr Rochester before Jane ever arrived on the scene and then...the coming of the pale one as she refers to Jane. It's not a story that paints Jane or Rochester in great light but OH is it a little bit goooood!!! "Reader I married him" Oh she WOULD say that, cue judgmental eye roll from Grace Poole!!! Haha I loved it!! three and a half stars------------------------------Dangerous Dog by Kirsty GunnThis short follows an incident in which a woman taking a writing class compares her life to that of the young orphaned Jane Eyre in the beginning of the book. The scene with Jane locked away in the red room resonates so strongly with her that she finds ways of communicating with others using the book as a conduit. It took me a little while to get in to this story, to see Jane so to speak...but towards the end things clicked together and there was a lovely twist on the Reader I married him line. It really is lovely how that one line can influence so many different people in so many different ways. two and a half stars------------------------------To Hold by Joanna BriscoeAs my parents' only child - no further births; no boy to help with the rough work; no man's wages to soften old age; only one womb available for the grandchildren they already treasured - I was aware that all hope lay with me, though they never said it, and the knowledge made me swallow a rise of nausea. They were good parents.This story starts with the words 'Reader I married him because I had to'. It set the scene for a sad and wistful story about one woman's struggles for love. The writing was quite sharp but I mean that in a beautiful way. It was as if the writer used a blade instead of a pen to write these words. The story just immediately cut into my heart and I could feel the narrator's sorrows, her pain, her hopelessness at her situation. I found myself sniffling and attempting to hold back my tears... I wasn't successful. four and a half stars------------------------------It's a Man's Life, Ladies by Jane GardamOf course I married him states the character in this short... However, for me, that wasn't enough! I could not find the spirit of Jane Eyre in this story. I even reread it but I got bogged down in strange talk of seals and babies??? I'm still scratching my head about all that! And it was all rather haphazard in the end. Sadly this one wasn't to my liking.one star------------------------------Since First I Saw Your Face by Emma DonoghueBut it doesn't sound to me as if it's modern life that's done the damage. Minnie's given the headmaster six children in eleven years, and her health collapsed after the last. "Small wonder," I tell her. "The womb is our Waterloo."That makes her laugh. "Is that why you've never gone to war, Ellen?"Spinsterhood has more than that to recommend it.This short gives a fictionalised account of the time that Mary "Minnie" Benson (née Sidgwick), the wife of Reverend Edward Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, spent convalescing in Wiesbaden. It describes her relationship at the time with a woman named Ellen and how it may have been romantic in its nature. Much has been talked about the later relationship of Minnie and Lucy Tait, a daughter of another Archbishop of Canterbury, with whom she shared a bed with after her husband's death. "I married him and there's no getting away from that" states Minnie. The story is told from the viewpoint of Ellen, a woman with a pallor to match Jane Eyre's, and how she is transfixed by Minnie. How she wants more from their relationship but how circumstances will not allow it. How is Minnie supposed to choose between loves; the love of her children who are at home and to whom she must be return, or the love of this woman who is restoring her soul and who is making her feel alive? Despite all the conflict and heartache in this short story, sadly it didn't quite fulfil its potential I felt. two stars------------------------------Reader I Married Him by Susan HillSecurity was all I ever longed and struggled and schemed for, because since very early and forgotten childhood, I had never had it, and my deepest, my driving fear through it all was that I never would. Security.Did I achieve it?GAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! This was perfect! The way the story slowly reveals itself to you, how it tugs on your heartstrings, the dawning of realisation, just EVERYTHING!!!It's the memories of a woman who all her life dreamed of security. "Reader I"... She married for security mistaking it for love and the consequences of what followed when she met 'the one'. Oh I don't want to say anymore so as not to spoil this wonderful little story for anyone who may eventually read it. I just loved it. And Jane Eyre's independent will was ever present in my opinion.The last lines were utterly perfect. I completely broke down into a teary-eyed mess!!! five shining stars------------------------------The Mirror by Francine Prose This story is told from the point of view of Jane Eyre herself, reader I married him and here is what actually happened... I didn't particularly care for it. The storyline tried to be too smart and in the end lost the heart of who Jane truly was. This one wasn't for me. one star------------------------------A Migrating Bird by Elif ShafakHis words, so unexpected and so sincere, shake me to the core.This short doesn't mention the words ‘reader I married him’ throughout its text and so comes at the idea of marriage in a very different light. It explores the heart of a young girl who allows herself to hope for a future filled with love, with her dream for marriage and happiness. It's very bittersweet and very beautifully written. four stars------------------------------Behind the Mountain by Evie Wyld This story again doesn't mention the words ‘reader I married him’ but instead uses that line to show what happens to a good woman and, in her words, a good man when life gets stale. It follows the story of an English woman who moves to Canada because of her husband's job and how she is slowly losing herself. It's quite a sad story and one that made me feel very sympathetic towards both the MC and her husband. Sometimes life just doesn't quite turn out the way we had hoped. three and a half stars------------------------------The China from Buenos Aires by Patricia ParkThis short follows a young woman who has always felt like somewhat of an outsider; she is Argentinian but with Korean parents and this has shaped her whole outlook on life it seems. The story follows what happens to her when she moves to New York and the decisions she has to make about her life; following her heart or her responsibilities to her family. Reader do I marry him?two and a half stars------------------------------Reader, She Married Me by Salley Vickers****SPOILERS FOR JANE EYRE****This short story is Mr Rochester's version of events of what happened when Jane left Thornfield after their failed marriage ceremony. It looks back upon his first marriage with Bertha and how after her death he didn't actually want to marry Jane anymore but Jane, being the wilful creature that she is, insisted on marrying him... Reader, she married me! Okay I thought, I'll bite... BUT THEN!!!!! Oh but then THIS happened: there's a creepy idea that Jane reminded him of someone in his past that made me want to get sick and I went HELL NO!!! That's not freaking Edward Rochester!!! THAT'S NOT MY BOOK BOYFRIEND!!!!!! So I didn't like this. Okay fine, maybe that's because I love the way the characters were written by Charlotte Brönte so very much and this was just much too alien to all of that for me... But in my opinion writing from Rochester's point of view could have been wonderful. It could have shown how broken he had become and the genuine difficulties that would have no doubt occurred within his marriage to Jane... But that creepy comparison of Jane (view spoiler)[to his supposed dead child with Bertha (hide spoiler)] and saying that was why he was initially attracted to her..... EWWWWWWWW!!!! *shudders*one star------------------------------Dorset Gap by Tracy ChevalierEd watched her from the pub window, walking away along the empty country road, her wellington boots making her look like a farmer's wife. Beguiled by the bit of calf between the bottom of her dress and the top of her wellies that flashed with each stride, he pulled on his jumper and went after her.This made me perfectly happy. It's the story of a boy who likes a girl. A girl who is different to the others. Marches to the beat of her own drum. She like Jane 'has an independent will; no net ensnares her'. Reader I made her laugh.five stars------------------------------Party Girl by Nadifa MohamedI stood in bars, clothed but naked, looking from their eyes to my feet and back again. Still there was the longing to contend with: the heavy, bloody, chemical urge to consume another body and spit out its bones in a new child. How do you make a stranger so intimate when they could so easily destroy you?I didn't love this story. I didn't connect with the party girl of the title, I didn't feel Jane Eyre... But then I read the quote above... And I loved those words. Sometimes words can etch themselves on your heart. These words did that for me. I loved their honesty, their brutality... I loved their truth. Can you give a short story full marks for one beautiful quote?? I am. five stars------------------------------Transference by Esther FreudBut instead of leaving, I spent hours running over past events, bewailing my passivity, recasting myself as the fiery, outspoken woman I wished I was.A short story about a woman struggling in her relationship and seeking to find love, comfort and herself through counselling. Reader does he want to marry me? Do I want to marry him? I love the relationship the MC has with her counsellor. It's so ambiguous and heady and leaves many questions hanging in the air. three and a half stars------------------------------The Mash-Up by Linda GrantThe funny short!!! This collection was missing a funny story up until this point. This story is about how two culturally different families come together for a wedding, definitely a comedy of errors. Reader I married him amidst the bedlam and chaos. I LOVED the ending. Made me chortle. three and a half stars------------------------------The Self-Seeding Sycamore by Lionel ShriverWhile still free-flowing and unforced, the grief had been so immersive, so rich and pure and concentrated, with the opacity of Cabernet, that it verged on pleasure. Yet from the start the anguish had been spiked with an awful foreknowledge that the keenness of her loss would blunt, leading to a second loss: a loss of loss.Wonderfully written short story with a neighbourly theme. Reader I married him and we made all these plans but how were we to know that time was not on our side. The protagonist is a woman in her fifties who has recently lost her husband and is beginning to fight through her all-encompassing grief. She takes on the task of sprucing up the garden as her late husband used to and encounters a wily old sycamore tree...four stars------------------------------The Orphan Exchange by Audrey NiffeneggerThis was a reimagining of Jane Eyre's story featuring characters from Jane's time in Lowood and also briefly mentions Adele, Rochester and Bertha. The story takes place during a harsh war of some kind and casts the spotlight on the young Jane's relationship with the character of Helen and how that shaped her future. It's very poignant and I really enjoyed the different spin on the classic story. Reader we married when we could and it was more than enough. four stars------------------------------Double Men by Namwali SerpellA story about female friendships, mothers, daughters, fidelity... Reader they were to be married. I found it a little confusing and had to read it a second time because of what felt like the sudden appearance of a character late in the story... The plot needed to be better developed. An extra paragraph here or there would have helped in my opinion however I did like the friendship between the two main characters. two stars------------------------------Robinson Crusoe at the Waterpark by Elizabeth McCrackenThis story followed a couple on holiday at a water-park with their little son. The older man in the relationship, Bruno, spends the story thinking back on how he came to be with Ernest and on compromises he has made for the relationship and how, for him, their family equates to being married even though this was not what Ernest would like. Reader we are already a family, is that not enough? Through the story he explores his fears, examines his beliefs and thinks back on his first marriage to a woman and to why he changed his mind about having a child. The story was sweet but a little bit dull unfortunately. two stars------------------------------Overall my rating averages out around three stars but strangely enough I feel that I enjoyed the whole collection more than I did the sum of its parts! So consider it a very strong three star rating rounded up to four stars

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  1. Tracy Chevalier Joanna Briscoe Susan Hill Elizabeth McCracken Nadifa Mohamed Audrey Niffenegger Patricia Park Francine Prose

    Born 19 October 1962 in Washington, DC Youngest of 3 children Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.Childhood Nerdy Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading Favorite authors back then Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander Book I would have taken to a desert island Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery.Education BA in English, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1984 No one was surprised that I went there I was made for such a progressive, liberal place in creative writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 1994 There s a lot of debate about whether or not you can be taught to write Why doesn t anyone ask that of professional singers, painters, dancers That year forced me to write all the time and take it seriously.Geography Moved to London after graduating from Oberlin in 1984 I had studied for a semester in London and thought it was a great place, so came over for fun, expecting to go back to the US after 6 months to get serious I m still in London, and still not entirely serious Even have dual citizenship though I keep the American accent intact.Family 1 English husband 1 English son 1 tortoiseshell cat.Career Before writing, was a reference book editor, working on encyclopedias about writers Yup, still nerdy Learned how to research and how to make sentences better Eventually I wanted to fix my own sentences rather than others , so I quit and did the MA.Writing Talked a lot about becoming a writer as a kid, but actual pen to paper contact was minimal Started writing short stories in my 20s, then began first novel, The Virgin Blue, during the MA year With Girl With a Pearl Earring written in 1998 , I became a full time writer, and have since juggled it with motherhood

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  1. I have only recently read Jane Eyre for the first time, and I have completely and utterly fallen in love with it I don t know why I was so nervous to read it It is sheer perfection in book format So if you haven t yet had the pleasure of reading Jane Eyre I suggest you remedy thatHASTILY If a positively glowing review of all things Jane would help to sway you in your decision to reading it then you can find my review here.This year also happens to be 200 years since Jane Eyre s author Charlotte [...]


  2. It has been quite a while since I have read Jane yre, maybe too long, because some of these stories I just could not see the connection In some it was easy because they directly used something from Jane yre, a name in most cases Some of the writing was good, atmospheric but some were just okay, not much of anything Didn t really have a favorite, though I did like the story with the pit bull called Mr Rochester, obvious connection and all The best part of this was all the well known authors contr [...]


  3. A mixed bag Although there are some very good stand alone stories from Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Emma Donoghue and Elizabeth McCracken, as you might expect , ultimately the theme is not strong enough to tie them all together and some seem like pieces the authors had lying around and couldn t figure out what else to do with Think about it this way what story isn t about romance and the decision to marry A few of the tales do put an interesting slant on this age old storyline by positing a lesbian [...]


  4. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestLike most of the people picking up this title, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic works of literature It seems a bit coincidental, until you really take the time to think about it What bookish girl or boy wouldn t want to read a story about an intelligent, plain, and stubborn heroine who ends up getting her own grand, epic love story even if it is a bit of a downer Jane is the EverygeekADER, I MARRIED HIM is an anthology of stories from many different aut [...]


  5. Ve nihayet bir EV R DAHA B TT Nihayet diyorum nk 21 kad n yazardan 21 farkl hikaye Tek ortak noktalar Jane Eyre n kilit c mlesi olan READER, I MARRIED HIM den ilham al nm olmalar 21 farkl yazar, 21 farkl tarz demek Bir yazar n tarz na al ana kadar biten hikaye demek K sacas biraz evirmen yakan kitap demek Benim de beynim yanmad desem yalan s ylemi olurum Bir de en zor hikayeyi en sona b rakma aptall n g sterince D Ama ok sevdim, hikayelerin o unu ok sevdim Hele o yazarlardan birinin Elif afak ol [...]


  6. A grim mockery of a tribute to my beloved Jane Eyre.These short stories don t work together as a collection Although each is supposedly inspired by Jane Eyre, the contributions were disparate and abstract apparently to merit a place in this collection the author just needed to touch briefly on the theme of marriage Jane Eyre is about than marriage What about female self determination and fulfilment, huh One of the authors, and yes I am going to name and shame, Susan Hill hasn t even read Jane E [...]


  7. Like most short story collections, especially an anthology by different authors, some stories rated a 2, some stories rated a 5, and 3 s and 4 s were mixed in as well So a solid 3 stars for the whole, which I enjoyed immensely.Twenty women authors were asked to write a short story based on Jane Eyre , using as a springboard the famous line, Reader, I Married him So these stories all have something to do with marriage or the idea of marriage, in one way or another Some of them stick to Jane Eyre [...]


  8. Quite a mixed lot of stories some 5 star, and quite a lot 1 star that I didn t get much out of I was a bit disappointed, and overall, I don t think they work together as a collection The vast majority are not inspired by Jane Eyre but by the line Reader, I Married Him or just by marriage in general, and then there are a few that are very directly inspired by Jane Eyre which leads to quite a disparate collection that feels like every writer was working to a different brief There are some real gem [...]


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  10. U startu nisam puno zagledala u naslovnicu da bih primjetila da pi e PRIPREDILA Trejsi evalije, nije napisala nego priredila Pro itala sam tri knjige od Trejsi Djevojka sa bisernom min u om, Izuzetna stvorenja i Posljednji bijeg pa sam se radovala i ovoj Knjiga je, u stvari, zbirka kratkih pri a od raznih autora, neke imaju smisla i dala bih im istu peticu, a za neke sam se pitala ta sam upravo pro itala PU predgovoru imamo par stranica obja njenja kako je nastala knjiga, zatim dvije stranice o [...]



  11. Simpati na kolekcija, ima i pri a koje su mi se svidele i pri a koje nisu nerazumljivih, poetskih, apsurdnih, komi nih, itd Za detalje pro itajte nastavak Ven anje moje majke Tesa HadliJedna od du ih pri a iz kolekcije, to u tek kasnije saznati, sme tena u ruralnu Englesku s kraja 70 tih, i opisuje ven anje u hippie stilu, sa likovima slobodoumne majke, inteligentnog momka, pronicljive devojke i plahovite sestre.Kraj je nedore en, ali mi se dopao, a celokupan utisak je jedan od najboljih Sat u i [...]


  12. Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksReader, I Married Him Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre consists of twenty one short stories As per the title, they were inspired by Jane Eyre, but in many cases, the link is so tenuous that you would never know that the story was inspired by Jane Eyre if it weren t placed in this anthology There are several about interrupted weddings and unsatisfying marriages Some stories are re tellings of Jane Eyre from other points of view Edward Rochester muses on [...]


  13. I waited a few days to post this review as I wanted to remove myself from the grumpy state this book gave me I love Jane Eyre, it s a classic for a reason Jane is the first oddball girl who sticks to her chops and is tenderly optimistic, sometimes in the face of great disasters I recieved an ARC of this book so some of the stories may have changed but I feel like this book is a collection of amateur writers given the words Reader, I Married him as a writing exercise in which they had to create a [...]


  14. I love Jane Eyre, so obviously I was very excited about this Like any collection of short stories there were some stories I loved, a lot of stories that I enjoyed, and a few stories I didn t like The stories ranged in how much they were based on Jane Eyre, and I think I would have liked the books better overall if the stories all seemed to based on the original material Some stories were clearly based on Jane Eyre and some were based around major themes from the novel, but they were others that [...]


  15. Bit of hit and miss, mostly miss, because I didn t see a common thread between them all, not that it should feel common , but I would have preferred the Jane Eyre inspiration to be less abstract I most enjoyed the Grace Poole story, The China from Buenos Aires Patricia Park , and A Migrating Bird Elif Shafak.


  16. This book was not what I expected, so I think I liked it less than I maybe could have I thought it would be stories based on Jane Eyre, but instead it was stories inspired by the line, Reader, I Married Him from the novel.


  17. Originally published at Reading RealityJust like it says on the label, this is a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Eyre Before I get into the quality of the stories, I d like to touch on that inspired by bit.I ll confess it has been a long time since I read Jane Eyre And I ll also say that it will probably be a long time, if ever, before I read it again While it feels like a progenitor of the Gothic romance school, Jane s situation as an impoverished governess, and her realistic lack [...]


  18. Most people who know me well know that Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time I first read it when I was 11, and I loved it so much that I went right back to the beginning and immediately read it again An 11 year old has way free time than 60 year old with a family, a house and yard, a responsible job at a bank, and a somewhat neglected avocation as a writer But I digress.All of the stories in this collection are based in some way on Jane Eyre, either subtly or very specifically Since Reader [...]


  19. In Grace Poole Her Testimony , one of the stories directly related to Jane Eyre, the doctor who examines Rochester s wife is seriously into phrenology, and makes diagnoses accordingly My poor lady s skull showed an enlarged Organ of Destructiveness such a case as this, the doctor said, it would be wise to shave the head entire, the clearly to see how the organs display themselves Mrs Poole adds some interesting backstory to the classic, as Jean Rhys did inThe Wide Sargasso Sea.All in all, this [...]


  20. This is a selection of stories by different authors that was released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte s birth The stories are either based around the themes of Jane Eyre or are continuations variations of Jane Eyre.I ve known about this collection since it came out and have been desperate to read it Jane Eyre is my favourite book and I live fairly close to the Bronte Parsonage and was able to visit the Charlotte Bronte 200 exhibition that was curated by Tracy Chevalier I p [...]


  21. A neat premise, and most of the stories were enjoyable with a couple of notable duds I won t name , but it wasn t always easy to see how these grew out of the source material Standouts, as you might expect, included the stories by Elizabeth McCracken and Emma Donoghue This did suffer a bit from having been read immediately after Jane Steele, which is the best Jane Eyre inspired fiction this Reader has ever read.


  22. Leggere racconti come mandare gi uno zuccherino dietro l altro Volevo leggerla da tanto, questa raccolta, e non mi ha deluso Ho scoperto di apprezzare particolarmente le raccolte scritte da autori diversi danno parecchi spunti Una piacevolissima lettura per chi, come me, ama Jane Eyre e Charlotte Bront.


  23. This was a collection of short stories inspired by Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre There were some modern takes on the story and stories based around the line Reader, I married him Some of the stories that stood out the most to me were, Grace Poole Her Testamony by Helen Dun, Reader, I Married Him by Susan Hill, and The Orphan Exchange by Audrey Niffenegger.There should be a story in this collection that appeals to everyone.


  24. Perhaps it s a reflection of this summer of anger and fear, perhaps it s a yearning to return to a beloved book, but there are occasions when riffs on a known story provide a rewarding reading experience.That has been the case with Reader, I Married Him It s a collection of stories edited by Tracy Chevalier, all based on that famous line from Jane Eyre Written by a wealth of modern female authors, the stories are far varied than one might first suspect Part of this may well be because the idea [...]


  25. I have read and reviewed some amazing short story collections this summer by Elizabeth Strout and Haruki Murakami So naturally, I dived into Reader, I Married Him with high expectations The short story collection is based off of the closing line to the ever lovely Jane Eyre, and is a compilation of twenty one authoresses why don t we use this word , several whom I have read and loved.Shoving aside my expectations of the stories being glorified Jane Eyre fan fiction after reading the foreword I [...]


  26. L ho terminato, scrittore mio.Essendo Jane Eyre il mio romanzo preferito, quando leggo qualcosa riguardante quel mondo che, in mano a nuove penne, hanno cercato di cambiare qualcosa del romanzo della Bront , seppur cosa minima, io ne rimango delusa e, oltremodo, amareggiata.In questo caso posso dire che non sono stata totalmente delusa perch non tutti i racconti presenti in questa raccolta parlano specificatamente del mondo e della storia di Jane Eyre Ci sono tre racconti che hanno come protagon [...]


  27. I think you d enjoy this book if you ve read Jane Eyre I have not Not that it stops you being able to read this collection of short stories, but it slightly hinders your understanding of the stories Reader, I Married Him is the response of a handful of well known writers, all using the famous line as inspiration for their own stories Some take place within the canon of Jane Eyre, whilst others take the structure of the relationship of Jane and Rochester and implanting into other stories with ch [...]


  28. As it does with many short story collections, this took me several months to complete Looking back I would say that Jane Eyre is one of my favourite classics so I was excited to give this collection a try.Some of the stories really resonated with me, particularly the one about Grace Poole I found it interesting to see how different authors interpreted the famous line so differently.However, most of the stories just aren t memorable at all I find that I cannot remember most of them and even upon [...]


  29. A wonderful and diverse collection of 21 short stories inspired some very loosely by Jane Eyre All female, the writers are American, British, Turkish, Indian, African from Somaliland does that make one Somali , and include such well known authors as Susan Hill, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Esther Freud, and Emma Donoghue.Some stories I liked than others My unexpected favorite was The Self Seeding Syca by Lionel Shriver, about a widowed novice gardener and her grumpy neighbor.I was happy [...]


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