Review: Texts from Jane Eyre

Posted January 19, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 26 Comments

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Review: At the top of each new section is the name of an author, character, or book and from there, you are presented with text conversations between various characters or the main character and someone from “the outside” so to speak. This is a great book for people that are widely read- definitely those English or Literature majors. I was an English Lit major in undergraduate school, but there are still a lot of these books that I have not read. I could follow some of the conversations alright, but it was definitely more enjoyable when I knew what Ortberg was referencing in her texts. It’s easy to see that she knows a lot about literature and can spoof it well.

The book focuses on a lot of classics like Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, John Keats, etc. but they also have books like The Outsiders and Harry Potter near the end. 

Here is an example page I found online (do not own) that showcased one of the text conversations I found particularly amusing:

Emily Dickinson was basically a hermit…

26 responses to “Review: Texts from Jane Eyre

  1. I'm as far from an English or Literature major as you can get seeing how my first language is French, so I think some of the qualities of this book would be lost on me. Plus, I'm unfamiliar with Jane Eyre, and this probably isn't the best place for me to start. Still, nice review!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  2. Oh man, this sounds like so much fun to read, even if you can't follow it well (I mean, I probably haven't read most of the ones mentioned, except Harry Potter of course) but even I found that example page hilarious. 😉

  3. This book is hilarious! It helps to understand the references, but I loved that you can still get a sense of the characters even if you don't really know who they are. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

  4. I haven't heard of this one before but I'm totally intrigued! I unfortunately haven't read many classics so I'm worried some might go over my head but I still want to try it!

  5. I've been planning to get into more classic reads this year, SO I like the idea of what the author has decided to do with this book. I definitely want to give this one a go, maybe when I have a few more classics under my belt!

  6. This sounds absolutely adorable Lauren, the concept is a brilliant way of getting teens and young adult into the classics even. It would have been better if they had of had Jane conversing with current authors, or better still celebrities. It would have made for a much more fun, funny and entertaining read. Glad to see you sounds as though you enjoyed this one. Hopefully she writes a follow up focusing more on modern day. THAT I would love to see. Thanks for sharing Lauren <3

  7. I agree that the texts were more enjoyable if you knew the book/characters/author referenced. But even when I did, I didn't find them to be more than mildly amusing.

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