Thornfield Hall

Adele, the daughter of a celebrated Parisian actress, is a homesick, forlorn eight year old when first brought to Thornfield Hall by Edward Fairfax Rochester, her mother s former lover Lonely and ill at ease in the unfamiliar English countryside, she longs to return to the glitter of Paris and to the mother who has been lost to her.But a small ray of sunshine brightAdele, the daughter of a celebrated Parisian actress, is a homesick, forlorn eight year old when first brought to Thornfield Hall by Edward Fairfax Rochester, her mother s former lover Lonely and ill at ease in the unfamiliar English countryside, she longs to return to the glitter of Paris and to the mother who has been lost to her.But a small ray of sunshine brightens her eternal gloom when a stranger arrives to care for her a serious yet intensely loving young governess named Jane Eyre even as young Adele s curiosity leads her deeper into the shadowy manor, toward the dark and terrible secret that is locked away in a high garret Includes fascinating in depth background material about Charlotte Bront and the Jane Eyre legacy
Thornfield Hall Adele the daughter of a celebrated Parisian actress is a homesick forlorn eight year old when first brought to Thornfield Hall by Edward Fairfax Rochester her mother s former lover Lonely and ill

  • Title: Thornfield Hall
  • Author: Emma Tennant
  • ISBN: 9780061239885
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Thornfield Hall”

    1. Admirable idea that unfortunately fell extremely short of the goal. The originalJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite classic books of all times. My 5th grade English teacher, who was herself British read us from the pages of Jane Eyre every day during recess one spring. While other students ran and screamed and played, we sat under a big tree on scraps of carpet and listed quietly and dreamily to our teacher lilt on page after page of Janes journey. We fell in love with the gruff [...]

    2. Umokay.ree letters: W-T-F? Is Emma Tennant kidding me with this? As a true and passionate fan of both Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre I am disappointed and offended by this so-called sequel to one of the greatest gothic romances of all time. I can guaran-damn-tee you that Charlotte Bronte rolled over in her grave the day that this poor excuse for a literary offering hit the shelves. It is an *insult* to the legacy that the Bronte genius left behind. How *dare* Emma Tennant take this story and thr [...]

    3. A short book, but I'll still never get the time I dedicated to reading this fan girl crap back. I made myself finish it, just so I could have the satisfaction of telling everyone how bad it was, completely guilt free. Emma Tennant should have all her pens, pencils, paper, printers, and laptops taken away.

    4. Thornfield Hall is like a weird fever dream; the sentences are syntactically correct, the words are in English, but sense cannot be dragged out of them. Adele is either a gorgeous, perfect nymphet or hateful, the writing style is like trying to watch a movie through a filthy window, and the pace makes it feel like a novel-length outline rather than a novel. Avoid.

    5. I used the 100 page rule but think I will start using the 60 page rule. If a book isn't good by page 60 you shouldn't waste your time reading it. Needless to say I disn't finish it.

    6. Nicely written, interesting furtherance of Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Before I read Emma Tennant take on what might have happened after the final scene's describing Rochester's miraculous recovery and the birth of a son, I read some reader reviews that thought Rochester was portrayed too much the villain. In my opinion, Bronte's Rochester was indeed a villain, a murderer, abuser of his wife and willing to commit bigamy for financial gain. It takes not only Jane's love but mutilation to make Rochester [...]

    7. The book is written as a counter-story to the original Jane Eyre from the point of view of Adele Varens. Twice as a child she manages to see Rochester naked, once when he is preparing to go swimming in the sea and has frightened her by teasingly threatening to toss her in before him:"But I felt that this cowardice on my part turned the ugly man against me, and sure enough, later when I lay in my bed at the villa, listening to the wind in the pines at the back of the house, I heard Maman pleading [...]

    8. I am at a loss to really explain the value of this book. First of all, the author has imagined a plot which could have been a different story completely free of the sequel-like claim to Jane Eyre. Why didn't she just come up with different names of characters and places, and, then, I would have liked the book for its own self. Instead, there are egregious errors to characterizations and events, some of which she has incorrectly cast without consideration of proper time-placement. At first, I cou [...]

    9. Can't say I would recommend this one. There are two many points of view. If the story had been told just from Adele's perspective, it might have been a stronger novel. Rochester's part of the story and then Mrs. Fairfax's are just intrusive. When Adele is telling her story, it isn't easy to follow; it's confusing as to what takes place when, since she starts out telling of one event but then backs up to tell of something that took place before it. The story jumps around too much in place, time a [...]

    10. As a 'Jane Eyre' nut, I loved the idea of putting Adele, Rochester's young French ward, at the centre of a novel. The opening, in Paris, is wonderful, but I felt the rest of the book doesn't always live up to it - to me, the passages which are completely made up by Tennant usually seem to be better than those which are reworkings of material from 'Jane Eyre'.I think it's a pity the book has now been reissued under the innocuous title 'Thornfield Hall' - 'French Dancer's Bastard' is actually a qu [...]

    11. Why do I torture myself? Why do I insist on reading prequels, sequels, and retelling of my favorite novels?I guess for the same reason we all loved playing with scissors and matches when we were children.Anyway, please spare yourself and DON'T READ THIS. ESPECIALLY if you haven't read the real "Jane Eyre" yet because it will give you terrible ideas.Not to mention I'd like to do terrible things to the author for the way she portrayed my Mr Rochester! MAY THIS BOOK ROT.

    12. I thought I would like this book because I LOVE all things Jane Eyre. However, this book ended up being a disappointment. There were a few too many plot holes and unbelievable situationsenough to make Charlotte Bronte (and me) cringe at every twist and turn.

    13. UGG! Not only was it a chore to get through this book but it is very obvious that the author has seen the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Rebecca" a few too many times. Don't expect anything in this book to resemble the classic "Jane Eyre".

    14. This is Jane Eyre retold as Adele's story. It does use the POV of other characters such as Rochester to help move the narrative along. I wasn't overly fond of this and didn't find it corresponded with the original novel in some parts.

    15. I usually love British classics so thought this book would be good.It was slow and only fair and really kind of boring.

    16. I liked the idea behind this book but found the chapters narrated by Adele disjointed and difficult to engage with. The writing style was dreamlike and went some way to convey a whimsical, magical circus life but failed to enable the reader to get to know and understand Adele.She remained the slight, bit part character of the original Bronte novel and didn't seem to me to be developed any further. The writing was convuluted and strangely obscure but lacked any depth. I am reading a Ishiguro nove [...]

    17. Jane Eyre's hidden story, this is not, as most of the events in this book are pretty ludicrous and unrealistic and it's highly unlikely this is what happened behind the scenes. Adele says it rightly at one point in the novel when she remarks that Jane is the one who sees things clearly. The novel is not totally from Adele's point of view, though, often a chapter is devoted to Grace, Mr. Rochester's, or Mrs. Fairfax's thoughts, and it was difficult to decide what was really happening with the cha [...]

    18. If you've never read Jane Eyre, this book will make no sense at all; rather like wandering into the wrong class at university and having to stay for the lecture. If you have read Jane Eyre and liked it, this just wierd. Contemporary authors who take it upon themselves to write follow-ons, alternate focus versions or "prequels" to established classics a) usually aren't up to the job and b) do the originals a great disservice. Why not create your own characters and story, instead of riding on Miss [...]

    19. I just couldn't finish this book. I am a huge fan of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, it is one of my favorite novels. I found this book randomly while searching for a Victorian novel and was interested in the fact that I would be reading about what happened at Thornfield from Adele's point of view. I was a little skeptical since Adele really isn't a central character in Jane Eyre, more of a symbol of Rochester's reformation. The beginning of the novel was intriguing, reading about Celine and Adel [...]

    20. Adele is the retelling of Jane Eyre from the viewpoint of Mr. Rochester's ward, Adele. This is NOT written in the same tone as the original. In fact, for awhile I was really, really confused--and by awhile, I mean until about the last 10 pages of the book. Adele's viewpoint tends to be very dream-like and well, delusional. It does not line up well with the general tenor of the original, and makes Edward Rochester into an unchangeable tyrant and takes away Jane Eyre's great strength and goodness [...]

    21. Talk about rewriting the ending of a well-loved novel! I won't give anything away, but 'Adele', written from the charge of Mr. Rochester, and the reason Jane Eyre comes to Thornfield, is definitely interesting. I've been on a 'Jane Eyre' kick, with 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and now this novel. The story begins in Paris, with Adele and her mother, describing their life and the mystery of Adele's patronage. Reader, you think you've figured it all out, and you're rooting for the little girl, but then, yo [...]

    22. This is only the 2nd book I have ever started and not finished. It was just that bad. Disjointed, overwrought, forced. These are the first three words I would use to describe this book. While I understand that the author was trying to match the feel of the language used in Jane Eyre she clearly didn't have a good enough grasp of it to make the attempt. It feels stilted, forced and awkward and, quite frankly the writing just isn't good. The characterizations of nearly all the characters are over- [...]

    23. This book was dreadful! The way it warped the plot of the original Jane Eyre was disturbing and not handled well at all.Writing was alright I suppose the way it jumped point of view made it rather incoherent though. Perhaps if the story had stuck to Adele and her point of view, it might have been salvageable, but the way it goes back and forth between several characters not worth the effort of trying to unravel the plot, which gets quite murky before the conclusion I might add. Plot twist at the [...]

    24. I really enjoyed the story line. I feel books written like this are always a kind of spin off. Using the original characters and most of their given traits, it made a great story. I think the main reason this book gets so many poor ratings is people are looking for a happier take a more fairytale story. But the nitty gritty examples and events in this book makes it enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it for my friends to read.

    25. I was disappointed in this book. I enjoyed Adele's story in Paris, but the weaving of her story at Thornfield was awkward and did not mesh well with the original story. I enjoy reading new takes on well known stories, but the key to a successful retelling is remaining faithful to the original story in addition to bringing a fresh look to it.

    26. I read some really horrible reviews on this book. At times the language was poetic, and the plot mildly entertaining, but by the end I wanted to shake Tennant for her desecration of a classic book. The characters Bronte created were destroyed. Parts of the book made no sense, and plot twists were ridiculous. I would NOT recommend this book for people who enjoyed Jane Eyre.

    27. I read the first publication of this book (2002), the title is: "Adéle: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story." It is about Adéle and her life including her time at Thornfield Hall. What? Cannot we understand the name Adéle? Why rename the book? Published by: William Morrow An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

    28. good nameterrible book.This was a disjointed, ineffective and confusing story; it did absolutely nothing for me. Firstly, it was not at all well-coordinated with the events and characterizations in Jane Eyre, and it wasn't strong enough to stand as a story on its own merits. Secondly, I cared nothing for Adele or what happened to her. I really just wanted the book to end.

    29. Maybe the writing style mimics Jane Eyre which I haven't read--yet, but it was hard to get into the rhythm of the language. Even then the plot seemed a bit twisted--especially didn't like the way Edward's character seemed particularly selfish. It droned on and on--frequently found myself skimming paragraphs just to get through it.

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