Mr. Rochester

Mr. Rochester

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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455569809
Branch Call Number: FIC Shoem
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Rochester

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ArapahoeKati Jul 16, 2018

The "Jane Eyre" fangirl in me devoured this novel, especially the audio version, because the character of Rochester is enigmatic, complex and often misunderstood (or hard to understand!).

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Brontina66
Jun 24, 2018

Being a Bronte fan, I was very intrigued by this book. I was a bit wary at the beginning, because prequels and sequels to Bronte novels are often rather bad; however, in this case, I was not disappointed. The novel gives a comprehensive and plausible story of Rochester's life before he meets Jane Eyre and ends shortly after Thornfield's fire. Young Edward loses his mother very early in his life and leaves his ancestral home when he is only 8 years old. After spending some time in a private school with few other students, two of whom become his closest friends, he is then sent to work at a mill in order to learn how to conduct business. Although very rarely physically present, Edward's father, the older Rochester, is the power behind the scene for most of the story. He decides that Rowland, the elder brother, will inherit most of the property but he still wants Edward to be comfortable. So he takes care of his younger son's education - but not inclinations or feelings - and in the end, although he provides him with a good position, he doesn't hesitate to sacrifice him in order to save Rowland. If you have read "Jane Eyre," you know that going to Jamaica will change Edward's life forever; if you haven't, I will not spoil your surprise. Overall, I enjoyed reading "Mr. Rochester" : the story is well-researched, the characters more or less plausible, we cannot help feeling compassion for Edward and the sad predicament where his father's narrow mindedness puts him. I was curious about the part where he talks about meeting Jane and deciding to marry her, and perhaps that was not too impressive. The story of the earlier years was for me better written and more interesting, while the later part is more or less predictable once you know Charlotte Bronte's novel. I found this book good and I definitely recommend it.

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MiRiAm12345
Nov 14, 2017

Too many modern authors have used classics like the Austen books and Jane Eyre as springboards for their own fiction- to ill effect. Ms. Shoemaker in "Mr. Rochester" has done it very well. This was a book not to put down. I am sure I must have read Jane Eyre annually since first reading it in grade 7, so I am a big fan. It was really enjoyable having Jane only appear in the second part of the book and as a secondary character while Mr. Rochester's own story is fleshed out. We may have felt some compassion for him while reading Jane Eyre, but in this book, he is thoroughly likable.
My only disappointment, this seems to be the author's only published work.

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samrouthier
Jun 29, 2017

samrouthier thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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