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Jane Eyre

Brontë, Charlotte (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane's childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect.
Authors: Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855
Title: Jane Eyre
Publisher: New York : Vintage Classics, 2009
Edition: 1st Vintage Classics ed
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes Currer Bell's preface to the second edition, his note to the third edition, and his dedication of the second edition
ISBN: 030745519X
9780307455192
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: Charlotte Brontë
Subject Headings: England Fiction Mentally ill women Fiction Governesses Fiction
Topical Term: Mentally ill women
Governesses
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Jul 27, 2014
  • joyceyuu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While practicing for the SATs, I came across passages from "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." Because of these passages, I decided to read the books when I had the time to. Although "Wuthering Heights" was a bit disappointing, "Jane Eyre" was an amazing read. I think I prefer Emily's writing style to Charlotte's, but it became easier to read as I progressed through the book. The beginning was a bit slow, and I wanted to give up on some of the conversations, but it was worth it to trudge through. I couldn't believe the middle of the book was actually just the middle, because Emily could have easily just ended it right there. However, she threw in several rather unexpected events, and in some ways, I felt it made the book better than it could have been. It was more amusing towards the end anyway. I would definitely read the book a second time. Maybe during my second reading, the beginning will be less tedious, since I'm more familiar with the characters, and their actions might make more sense. Please read the book!! It really does deserve to be called classic literature (as of now, it's probably my favorite)!

May 05, 2014
  • modelmalina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to read. It's a classic that can be read over and over again. It is full of mystery, love and other emontions. You will not be able to get enough of it.

Nov 02, 2013
  • nontechmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a perfect novel. I've enjoyed it even better the second time I've read it.

I love this book!! It was a little boring at first but worth getting through! :D

Jun 14, 2013
  • JennyX rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this for English class during the school year. We started it around December 2012 and finished it around March 2013. Suffice to say, an already tedious and large volume was dragged out. My personal opinion on this book is that the plot is well constructed, but the excessive details are unnecessary. I understand that descriptions can add beauty, but in this case, it was overdone. The feminist undertones were also a bit overwhelming; Jane Eyre slightly reminds me of Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson's famous Millenium Series. In both novels, the main female protagonist is portrayed as overly independent in an attempt to portray feminism. However, I must say that Bronte did a great job in conveying Jane's thoughts to the reader. I was always able to understand why Jane did such actions because I could put myself in Jane's shoes. I recommend this book only because it is a classic, and you cannot call yourself educated unless you have endured this book.

Jun 09, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t heard of the story of plain and penniless Jane Eyre—orphaned at an early age, mistreated by cruel relatives, banished to an austere boarding school, and hired to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, home of the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester. Jane encounters hardships and heartbreak and even things that go bump in the night, but it’s Jane’s indomitable spirit, her quiet dignity, her sense of justice, her quest for equality, and her yearning for a balance between freedom and love that resonate with readers and make her the enduring literary heroine she is today. There’s a reason this classic Victorian novel has spawned countless film and literary adaptations.

Dec 17, 2012
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I’m not normally a huge fan of the "classics" but I decided to read this one after it was recommended by a coworker. A gothic romance chock full of dark secrets, eerie settings, and a strong and sympathetic female protagonist, this was a real page-turner (aside from a particular section of the book which was slow at best). But don’t give up. The ending was totally worth it!

Sep 20, 2012
  • cmm740 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well, I will be the first to admit that I am not usually a fan of the "classics." However, after much cajoling from a friend of mine, I finally decided to give it a read.

Much, much to my surprise, I loved it! This is a romance for people like me, who think themselves too cynical to like romance stories. Dark and brooding, it's unbelievable that it was published in the 1800s.

This book is fantastic, it' s one of my absolute favorite classics. Jane is a very relateable heroine and Mr. Rochester is made of awesome :) I love the setting, all the characthers and just arrrg I love the whole book. Especially the ending....;)

Aug 17, 2012
  • yve168 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was a beautiful book. the story was endearing to your heart and to your soul

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Dec 12, 2012
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Jun 05, 2014
  • green_llama_52 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Rochester guards a deep and dark secret...

A poor orphan cared for by an abusive Aunt grows up to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, an estate owned by the wealthy Edward Rochester. There she falls in love with Edward only to discover that he is already married to a madwoman.

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Dec 31, 2013
  • Purplekat7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Reader, I married him."

Sep 24, 2012
  • Maggie_Rose520 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest--blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in chatacter--perfect concord is the result."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on morals:

"I care for myself....Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on experience:

"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have- your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on feminism:

"Women are suppose to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making pudding and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on hate:

"It is not violence that best overcomes hate- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury....Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Remorse is the poison of life."

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