Friday, August 31, 2012

"The Flight of Gemma Hardy"

my take: i recently watched the newest movie version of jane eyre ... and liked it a lot ... so my little brain was ready for gemma. 

this is a retelling of jane eyre set in 1950's Great Britain. gemma (pronounced with a J sound) adds and subtracts from the original plot in very satisfying ways. it doesn't seem as dark as the Gothic version.

even if you haven't read jane recently (or ever) i think you'll agree this has a great plot with great characters and a bit of adventure. gemma flees from situation to situation with a host of birds surrounding her. (those who know about birds might find symbolism in the selections).

i read this in a day on a houseboat - a wonderful way to lounge the day away.

my source: other people's lists (Oprah's website, Amazon suggestions)

my verdict: excellent.

1 comment:

  1. Alas, I was a bit disappointed with this one. Which was a shame because I was so excited and it started out so promisingly. I was fine with some deviations from the Jane Eyre plot, but I thought Gemma's reason for leaving her Mr. Rochester character at the altar just didn't work... Jane's makes sense, because she CAN'T marry him, but Gemma's was a matter of principle only (that he was a liar), but then she goes on and lies and makes up a whole new life. So the rest of the book just dragged for me because I couldn't get over her dumb choice in leaving him! I did love the bird motifs though.