Mr. Rochester (英語) ハードカバー – 2017/5/9
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"Satisfying... If you haven't read Jane Eyre, suspense is keen as the climactic end approaches. If you have - as will most of those who come to Mr. Rochester - the novel's dramatic final act provides the quieter pleasure of revisiting one of literature's great love stories from a fresh perspective."―USA Today
"A cracking-good read!"―People, Best New Books
"Lovers of Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre, this one's for you: If you've ever wondered about the backstory of the man who Jane eventually teaches to love again, Mr. Rochester is officially wish fulfillment."―Refinery29
"A winner! Even if you never read Jane Eyre, you would still find Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester fascinating and hang on every word of his extraordinary story, told in perfect nineteenth-century language. A richly rewarding read."―Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I: A Novel and The Confessions of Young Nero
"With flair and heart, MR. ROCHESTER tells the story that legions of Jane Eyre fans have been waiting more than a century to hear. Sarah Shoemaker's impressive novel takes readers into the mind of one of literature's most vexing and compelling romantic heroes and paints a nuanced portrait of a man torn between responsibility and passion. Packed with historical detail and a fresh look at a classic story, MR. ROCHESTER is a page-turning delight."―Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl
"Prepare to be swept off your feet by Sarah Shoemaker's stunning MR. ROCHESTER. As one of countless readers who adored Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, but never quite understood what Jane saw in Mr. Rochester, I was spellbound. Beautifully written, exquisitely crafted, and deeply engaging, MR. ROCHESTER is pure book club gold."―Mary Sharratt, author of The Dark Lady's Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare's Muse and Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen
"Shoemaker's detailed writing will transport readers to a bygone age of romance and heartbreak."―Publishers Weekly
"Mr. Rochester is beautifully paced and compelling as it delivers a sweeping narrative and a new perspective to one of literature's most famous love stories... Though the novel will appeal most to fans of Jane Eyre, Shoemaker has recreated the spirit of the original, which will help those unfamiliar with the text enjoy this retelling."―BookPage
"It's interesting to see...how Shoemaker constructs a biography from the information provided in Bronte's novel and also to see the events familiar from that novel through [Rochester's] point of view. Recommend this to anyone eager for another take on Jane Eyre."―Booklist
"Compelling...Shoemaker knows her Brontë well, channeling her so expertly that it's easy to imagine that one author wrote both novels."― Star Tribune
For the most part, Shoemaker has succeeded. By taking some of the seeds Bronte sows in her book, the author grows the story, fertilizing it with fleshed out, and even completely new, characters, resulting in a first person account of a sad and lonely enough childhood to rival Jane's, and an adulthood spent avoiding his past and searching for a serene future. It's a primarily sympathetic story that develops an affection for the Rochester character in readers who may find Brontes description of him difficult to love.
The plot of Shoemaker's novel begins with the young, motherless Edward wandering around in the vast Thornfield Hall mansion with only servants and his contemptuous older brother for company. When the boys' father arrives on one of his infrequent visits home, Edward learns that he is being sent away to an unusual school run by an idiosyncratic teacher, Mr. Lincoln. Here, Edward makes the first friends he has ever had, and discovers that he is not the dullard his brother claims, but rather very bright indeed. After several years at school, he is apprenticed to a woolen mill owner to learn the ins and outs of manufacturing, and after several more years in service, he is finally sent to university at Cambridge. At this point, Edward is told by his father that this unusual education plan has been designed to prepare him to take over the elder Rochester's business interests in Jamaica. Jamaica, of course, is where the story starts to converge with what we know about Rochester from the Bronte book. Here is where he meets and marries the beauty Bertha, only to discover that her incipient madness was known not only to Bertha's family, but to Rochester's father. Naturally feeling betrayed, Edward also feels trapped, until he learns that both his father and his brother, who was slated to inherit the family fortune, have died, making him a very wealthy man. He returns to England with Bertha, hiding her in the attic of Thornfield, then goes wastreling across Europe until the dissipated life wears him down. He takes on young Adele, his late mistress's child, as a ward, hires Jane as Adele's governess, and the two stories continue simultaneously, with Shoemaker giving us Rochester's internal thoughts as he ponders his attraction to Jane and his determination to marry her despite his still legal attachment to Bertha.
It's here, when Shoemaker's alternate tale reaches the same time period as Bronte's, that we encounter some of the least satisfying writing. Rochester comes across as overwhelming in the Bronte book, but he is portrayed as even more intense, and definitely tortured, in Shoemaker's alternative view. His frantic behavior is exhausting, and his decision to torment Jane into loving him by pretending to love a local society girl is twisted and inexplicable. In re-reading "Jane Eyre," the versions of what occurs after Bertha is discovered match, certainly, and we do become more sympathetic to Rochester at that point, but the sections where he hides his love for Jane don't ring true in Shoemaker's book.
In all, there is a great deal to praise in "Mr. Rochester." Shoemaker has done great research, befitting a librarian, in depicting Jamaica during its slavery driven sugar manufacturing era, and her invention of Rochester's difficult childhood definitely makes him a more simpatico match than the forbidding rich man of Bronte's novel. I recommend this book as a good read that, while unnecessary, does interestingly supplement a great classic.
I read Jane Eyre a long time ago and I’ve seen almost every version filmed of the classic tale. My favorite of them all is PBS special of it in 2007 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens in the title roles. Watching that four hour special, for the first time ever I paid more attention to Mr. Rochester and from that point on I always wondered who he really was and what made him tick. No matter how well the original was written or how deeply the movies went into the character of Mr. Rochester, none went deep enough to explain this complex and intriguing man. Until now. Until this book.
I reveled in this retelling of Jane Eyre from Mr. Rochester’s point of view. I was glad Ms. Shoemaker has given Edward a backstory, and by dividing it into three books, it gave me time to appreciate the complexity of the character.
I would be remiss in not singing praises of Simon Shepherd for an amazing narration. It really brought Mr. Rochester to life.
If you’ve ever had doubt about Fan-Fiction, I’d like to ask you to take a chance and read this story. I think it’ll change your mind as it did mine. I’d also like to recommend this story to all of you that are into complex, brooding and intriguing heroes. Mr. Rochester is a fascinating read and I’m so glad Ms. Shoemaker has saw fit to write Mr. Rochester’s story.
Melanie for b2b
This book perfectly explains, from Edward's point of view, every quirk, every motivation behind his behavior. It tells the story of his childhood, which had some interesting similarities to Jane's, and the awful truth about why Bertha was thrust into his life. There are unexpected twists and new characters weaved seamlessly into Charlotte Bronte's original tale.
After finishing MR. ROCHESTER, I now feel completely justified in my defense of his character all of these years. I also love him even more.