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Jane Eyre

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Beautiful edition of Jane Eyre illustrated by Marjolein Bastin. This much-loved classic would an excellent gift or addition to a library for Bronte lovers. #JaneEyre #NetGalley
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This edition is gorgeous, sumptuous, and exactly as evocative as it need s to be to marry with Bronte's writing. I love all the rich visual details in this edition and can't wait to purchase this in a hardcopy, along with the other classics included in this series. This is wonderful and lovely - thank you very much to the publisher and to Marjolein Bastin for creating this newly updated rendition of a beloved classic. What a visual feast. Many thanks to Bastin and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the digital ARC.
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5 Stars for Jane Eyre, obviously. As for the illustrated edition, I am not so sure. I have been a lifelong fan of Marjolein Bastien and know how much art she has produced over the years. That is why I was surprised to see so little in the book - a bird here, a flower there, at the beginning or end of a chapter. I think they could have added a lot more beautiful illustrations to really differentiate this book from a standard edition.
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I was privileged enough to recieve 3 advance digital copies from the  Marjolein Bastin Classics Series. Her artwork blends perfectly with the books and doesn't overshadow the text. I love floral artwork and am glad that Marjolein chose flowers to be her focus. The books chosen are all time greats, and even though I have copies of them already, I will definitely add the hardcovers to my collection.
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this version is so pretty! i can't get enough of it! i highly recommend this along with the original version because classics are just so good!
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was able to read this book thanks to NetGalley. It was so amazing, and I loved it! I was very invested in the characters and their stories. It was so amazing to revisit a beloved classic. Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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I love Jane Eyre, and I love Marjolein Bastin's artwork.  When I had the opportunity to review an ARC that combines both, I couldn't very well resist.  And oh, what a lovely edition this is!  The story - well  it's a classic for a reason.  Not for everyone's taste, but I love it - especially listening to Thandie Newton's audiobook narration.  But this print version - with Bastin's sweet drawings of flowers, birds, butterflies, etc are just lovely in the margins of the pages, along with the full page artwork in places.  My only regret is that the digital ARC doesn't include the ephemera that the print version has - maps, letters, family trees, sheet music, etc.  I might have to treat myself to the hardcover version.  I'd highly recommend for anyone who wants a keepsake version of Jane Eyre.
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Jane Eyre is probably my favourite book of all times and I reread it every year. It was a joy to read this edition of it this year because the illustrations are absolutely stunning and gorgeous. The symbolism fits with the chapters as well.
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Absolutely beautiful!  I love the classics, and the gorgeous cover and illustrations really add to this tale.  This would make a great gift for a literature lover, or to introduce someone younger to classics!  Lovely, thank you for the ARC!
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Pride & Prejudice was a seminal reading experience for me. It, in many ways, guided me to where I am now in that it set me on the path of studying English literature. I devoured all of Jane Austen's books and the Brontës were next on my list. Jane Eyre was a revelation, as it continues to be for many readers, in how it broke with tradition and gave the reader an insight into a fascinating mind. I have ended up re-reading these books countless of times and I have discovered new ideas and themes each time. So naturally I find myself poring over various editions, always looking for those new angles. The Marjolein Bastin Classics Series was the latest.  I will be reviewing these two together, since this review will mainly focus on design and layout, rather than the texts themselves. Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for the copies of the books in exchange for an honest review.

There is something about both Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre that provided something of a roadmap for me. Neither Elizabeth or Jane are considered particularly beautiful or accomplished, but they're both determined, proud and stubborn. They have their own ideas about the world and society they find themselves in. Where Elizabeth is very free with her opinions, Jane often keeps her opinions to herself and the reader, unless provoked. They are what I imagine "strong female characters" to be, strong in themselves, aware of their strengths and limitations, and not cowed by the powers that be. As such, I find the key imagery of "things that grow" quite fitting. Just like nature, both Elizabeth and Jane continue to grow, to develop and to flower and bloom in their own way. They are also both extraordinarily fond of nature, of the freedom it offers them as otherwise rather sheltered women. The purple tones for the cover of Pride & Prejudice struck me particularly, the perfect balance between warmth and cold, the passionate back and forth between hate and love. I was less enamoured with the soft tones on the Jane Eyre cover, but I can't deny it is very eye-catching.

The font and text size of both Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre are supremely readable. There is a nice, gentle slope to the font that I found very pleasing. There are also watercolour illustrations throughout both editions which are charming but occasionally felt a bit out-of-place. Perhaps I am biased by other illustrated editions, but I think I would have preferred more topical illustrations myself. At times these editions almost felt twee, a little too cutesy for their topics. However, the illustrations are undeniably beautiful and well-placed. I'm not quite sure whether it was due to my own copy, but I wasn't able to read or view the ephemera mentioned in the blurb. However, it sounds delightful. As such, these Marjolein Bastin Classics Series' editions would make stunning gifts for any Austen or Brontë fan! I myself know many reades who I would gladly gift this too. 

The Marjolein Bastin Classics Series' editions of Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre are beautifully illustrated and very well designed. They are very readable and as long as the watercolour flower imagery works for you, you will find the reading experience very satisfying.
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I have had this book on my TBR for years as I have been attempting to work my way through the classics. Sadly I ended up DNFing the book at 45 pages. The over all tone felt way too depressing and was just so wordy and overly descriptive. The only thing that I liked about this one was the gorgeous illustrations.
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My thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë with Illustrations by Marjolein Bastin in exchange for an honest review.

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë is not only considered a classic of nineteenth-century literature but subsequently has become a template for Gothic romance that continues to inform fiction written today. 

This beautifully presented volume is part of the Marjolein Bastin Classics Series recently published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Marjolein Bastin is a celebrated nature artist and her exquisitely detailed full colour illustrations of flora and fauna are found scattered throughout this novel. 

Undoubtedly this would make a lovely gift or be a beautiful addition to any home library.
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I first read this classic in high school. It has always been a favorite. I have re read it many times. Orphan Jane making her way through life and finding love.
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Of course I LOVE Jane Eyre, so I wanted to get my hands on this one.  The illustrations are beautiful and are very fitting.
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Reader, this book was published in 1847. Back then, writers liked to describe every bird and leaf and brooklet. Dialogue often consisted of elaborate monologues. Many of the ideas and values of the time are outdated and even offensive today. Still, I couldn’t help but love it. I read an advanced copy, beautifully illustrated by Marjolein Bastin. This would be the perfect edition to own, with gorgeous watercolor paintings that Jane herself would aspire to create.
What satisfied me about Jane Eyre was her spirit and character – she was unapologetically herself. She reminded me a little bit of Anne Shirley (except that Anne was more “apologetically” herself.) Jane just wants to be accepted for who she is, but she is unloved for most of her early life.
The story follows Jane Eyre through several stages. Her childhood as an orphan living with cruel relatives is heartbreaking. She endures hardship at a poorly run boarding school. She is comfortable, but unfulfilled as a governess at Thornfield manor - but she is captivated by her master, Edward Rochester, with whom she develops a kindred bond. There is a mystery at Thornfield, and once Jane learns the truth she struggles to do what she thinks is right.
The novel has shortcomings. The love story is old-fashioned. I hated the way the insane (Creole) woman was portrayed as a hideous monster. I would love to read a more updated version of the story.
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Marjolein Bastin has beautifully illustrated this all time classic with gorgeous flowers, the cover filled with beautiful pinks, oranges and yellows.  Poppies and carnations abound inside the pages, bringing a floral effervescence to the story of Jane Eyre.  The simplicity of the birds and petals scattered throughout also follow the seasons present in the book: when we're reading of January, birds on snow laden branches delight us and as spring reemerges, so do the blooms.  Another beautifully illustrated edition!
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The floral illustrations were lovely. They reflected the story nicely, starting off a bit bleak and bland, whereas as the story progressed and as Jane began becoming a woman, the artwork became more vibrant. I wish there were more illustrations. I was a bit disappointed because I had thought since Jane Eyre was already heavily embedded with botanical symbolism that those images and symbols would be included in the novel.
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There is so much to love about this version of Jane Eyre. The little floral pieces throughout are a gorgeous addition to a classic book. Would be a beautiful addition to add to any bookshelf.
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This beautifully illustrated edition of this beloved classic is a great addition to any library for fans of the Brontë sisters or classic literature in general. They'd make a great gift as well!
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Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jane Eyre-A classic and one of my favourite books of all time. This edition is beautiful and would make someone a perfect gift. So very special.
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