This book is hilarious. If you have ever read a famous book you should read this. The premise is that characters from famous books (everyone from Medea to Ronald Wesley) are also texting each other. So you have Cathy and Heathcliff trying to outdo each others protestations of love, Hermione Granger explaining to Ron how credit cards work and nobody in Pride and Prejudice really having any idea who Mary is. Ortberg brilliantly captures the essence of the books and the characters, and they really are hysterical. Even E was giggling aloud at them, and she is not usually a giggler.
The advantage to this book is that the better read you are, the more you get out of it. So, as I haven’t read Moby Dick, for instance, the conversation devoted to that book didn’t mean much to me. But with about 70 books included, there are bound to be plenty that you have read. It starts with older books and builds rights up to books like the Hunger Games via Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, Sweet Valley High, Edgar Allen Poe and the Wife of Bath. They characters are by turns scathing, obsessive, miserable, creepy and elated but always very funny. To give you a flavour, this exchange from Little Women (only an excerpt below) really made me laugh
I also have to do a shout out in particular for the Wuthering Heights conversation. I really loathe that book and the exchange completely captures why.
The exciting news for you, dear reader, is that through the perils of double clicking on the ‘one-click’ ordering system, I actually have a spare copy to give away! So, we are going to have the inaugural Blogging Around My Bookcase Competition!
Competition!! Win a copy of Texts From Jane Eyre
To win this competition all you have to do is tell me which literary character you would most like to be able to text and why. The judging will be arbitrary, but I’m looking for interesting or funny or unexpected or thoughtful answers. Post your thoughts in the comments below. Competition closes at midnight (UK time) Saturday 7th Feb.