Mr. Rochester

Mr. Rochester

A Novel

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"A CRACKING-GOOD READ!"--People, Best New Books

A deft and irresistible retelling of Charlotte Brontë's beloved classic Jane Eyre--from the point of view of the dashing, mysterious Mr. Rochester himself.

For 170 years, Edward Fairfax Rochester has stood as one of literature's most complex and captivating romantic heroes. Sometimes cruel, sometimes tender, Jane Eyre's mercurial master at Thornfield Hall has mesmerized, beguiled, and, yes, baffled fans of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece for generations. But his own story has never been told.

We first meet this brilliant, tormented hero as a motherless boy roaming Thornfield's lonely corridors. On the morning of Edward's eighth birthday, his father issues a decree: He is to be sent away to get an education, exiled from all he ever loved. Young Edward's journey will take him across working-class England and the decadence of continental Europe before he lands on the warm, languid shores of faraway Jamaica, where his inheritance lies.

That island, however, holds secrets of its own, and Edward soon grows entangled in morally dubious business dealings and a passionate, whirlwind love affair with the town's ravishing heiress, Bertha Antoinetta Mason. Eventually, in the wake of a devastating betrayal, Edward must return to England with his increasingly unstable wife to take over as master of Thornfield. And it is there, on a twilight ride, that he meets the stubborn, plain young governess who will steal his heart and teach him how to love again.

MR. ROCHESTER is a sweeping coming-of-age story and a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and deceit. Faithful in every particular to Brontë's original yet full of unexpected twists and riveting behind-the-scenes drama, this novel will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.


Baker & Taylor
A literary retelling of Charlotte Bronte's beloved classic, Jane Eyre, is presented from the perspective of the dashing and mysterious Mr. Rochester. 25,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A literary retelling of Charlotte Brontèe's beloved classic, "Jane Eyre," is presented from the perspective of the dashing and mysterious Mr. Rochester.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455569809
Branch Call Number: FIC SHO
Characteristics: 453 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Mister Rochester

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GCPL_Angela Aug 08, 2017

The author certainly had a challenging task in front of her with this one: Jane Eyre being, of course, among the most beloved novels of all time. It is one of my all-time favorites, and I've read it enough times to know it very, very well, as I'm sure will be the case for most readers of Mr. Rochester. Each of those readers is likely bringing their own interpretation of this character with them when they sit down with this book, and that can be a recipe for disappointment if the story you are presented with doesn't match your own take on the character.

For me personally, this version of Rochester is a little too nice, a little less complicated and problematic than Bronte's presentation. The young Rochester's tale largely parallels Jane -- a lonely (if not loveless) upbringing away from family, largely buffeted about by larger forces. I would have liked to have seen more passion and agency from the character; even when Jane was powerless to exact any real control over her larger situation, she was always fiery, defiant, and independent. Mr. Rochester, by contrast, kind of comes off here as a bit of a sad sack -- yes, he's trying to be a dutiful son and believes (to his doom) that his father has his best interests at heart, but I would have liked to have seen more of Jane's spirit in him. After all, they are supposed to be very alike in many ways.

Parts of this telling of Rochester's side of the story come off as very apologist in a way that isn't entirely convincing for me. Poor excuses abound. And while I enjoyed this take on the character overall, I think I would've preferred a more nuanced examination of a very complicated (and indeed, problematic) leading man. I think a lot of Rochester's darkness is glossed over here; the fact is, much of his behavior in Jane Eyre is downright bizarre. I would've loved more acknowledgment of that.

I do recommend this book for any fans of Jane Eyre, and I do think that the author does a good job here, even if this Rochester isn't quite my Rochester. There's a good chance this Rochester will not match up with your own personal interpretation, either, but it will get you thinking again about Bronte's wonderful story, and how those characters continue to fascinate and resonate with us even now.

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