Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Book - 1991
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An orphan who endures a harsh childhood, Jane Eyre becomes governess at Thornfield Hall in the employment of the mysterious Mr. Rochester.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1991.
ISBN: 9780679405825
Characteristics: xxxviii, 284 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 07, 2020

Jane Eyre Review
Jane Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte and it follows a young girl named Jane Eyre as she navigates orphanhood in an oppressive society where she searches for love and appreciation. This novel starts off really well with the orphanhood of Jane and the issues it brings are really compelling and the relationship between her and her family is really compelling. However, as the novel moves forward it changes so quickly into a weirdly Gothic love story with some questionable motives from the character she falls in love with, Rochester. It kind of loses its way and I feel like it realizes it and tries to reconnect with past events later in the novel with a certain character entering. This novel also has a lot of unexplained happenings and the ending isn’t justified whatsoever. It’s a novel of its time but the lessons it aims to teach are questionable at best and the novel has issues with pacing as it moves so quickly in some spots and slows down in others. In my opinion, the prequel or precursor to the events of this novel Wide Sargasso Sea is much stronger and much more nuanced and makes decisions that make sense with the characters and the description given in Jane Eyre. This novel starts off well but in terms of narrative direction, it loses its way and struggles with getting back to its strong start and goes back to reconnect to the past events of the characters involved. However, Gothic imagery and tone is very vivid and prevalent it’s one of the novel’s strengths but it doesn’t play into it as well as it could.

3 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 13-above

Jun 17, 2020

It was an amazing book. I recommend this book to everyone.

Jun 10, 2020

As one of the most renowned romance stories in history, author Charlotte Bronte takes her readers on the whirlwind and dark journey of the life of a simple girl named Jane Eyre. In the novel, Jane battles against the abuse she endures at the hands of her aunt, cousins, and her school, Lowood. Although Jane demonstrates immense strength as she perseveres through the death of her best friend and a daunting virus epidemic, she is at a loss for words when she encounters the mysterious Mr. Rochester. As his hired governess, Jane discovers that Mr. Rochester fuels fire and passion inside of Jane that she cannot resist, nevertheless she knows he is wrong for her. However, later in the novel she also happens upon another man named St. John in another estate, the Moor House, whose relationship and demeanor with Jane is simple, yet, cold. The novel Jane Eyre draws in readers with the alluring charm of both of the men, the picturesque and peculiar estates that Jane travels to, eerie supernatural events, and the historic love triangle of Jane and her two men. Jane Eyre is a must-read for readers who crave a sense of uncertainty, love, and female strength in the literary works they read. Thus, take the journey with Jane as she struggles to defy societal expectations of women and choose between her two ultimate lovers- will she choose fire or will she choose ice? I have rated this novel a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the strength that Bronte is able to convey to readers about female resilience. Also, the love story between Jane and her two men is well thought out and grabs the reader's attention as they sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for Jane's final choice.

Jun 03, 2020

This novel is a dark Gothic mystery, a passionate romance, a renowned classic, and a spirited advocate for feminism. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was published in 1847, a novel possessing many powerful elements, featuring Jane Eyre as a non-conforming and courageous heroine. The reader is introduced to Jane, a ten-year-old who, despite the oppressive and abusive circumstances around her, is not crushed, nor is her spirit broken. In fact, her sense of justice and striving for equality is ignited during this time period: Jane grows into a fighter against injustice for the rest of her life.
Along with Jane, as readers we are asked, what would you do? Would you stand up for what is right, even when everything you love stands on the other side?
These are difficult times. 2020 has been unpredictable, to say the least. Incidences of total and brutal injustice have occurred. To re-read this classic during this pandemic was a privilege. Jane, who was poor, young, and friendless, stood by her morals as the world around her broke. Even in steps as small as spreading awareness, sending messages of support, could we not do the same? Jane Eyre shows us how powerful a strong-minded individual can be. If that is true, how much stronger could we be if we unite in the face of inequality and cruelty?
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
@StarRead of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 24, 2020

An amazing book! I had trouble putting it down, it was so good. I totally connected with the main character, Jane. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a solid, enduring classic.

Sep 21, 2019

I read this book 1-2 times a year. its beyond her time. its feminist. it is a classic so yes there are some racist and opinions of mental illness that are dated but; it's just so good. Jane Eyre is a masterpeice. if you haven't read it i beg you give it a try.

Sep 02, 2019

Loved this book as a teenager and still really like it as an adult. (Minus the racism/mental-health-stigma...)
Charlotte Bronte really gets across what it feels like to be an introvert. I like seeing Jane growing and gaining self-confidence and independence.

Feb 21, 2019

My love and enthusiasm for Jane Eyre isn't quite at the level of the majority of people. That's not to say I didn't like it. It has a great premise and I loved the slightly sarcastic 19th century feminist humour. Bronte takes all kinds of stabs at the rigid social structure of the day but she does it sweetly and tucks them quietly into otherwise elaborate sentences so that they almost go unnoticed. I could feel her pluck in her writing. I totally understand why it has become such a beloved and enduring classic. But....the melodrama just about drove me nuts. In the beginning I found it amusing but it didn't take long to turn into eye rolling. Just a little over the top for me. Would I still recommend everyone read this book at least once in their lives? Absolutely! You will probably love it, melodrama and all.

So with this book, I accidentally read this book twice. I read A condensed version in fifth grade and then I had to read the original novel for school in seventh grade. But in the end I still really liked the story. It's interesting, Fun, and sometimes Mysterious. If you're looking for a classic romance novel, this is your book.

Oct 26, 2018

I liked it. I love Jane Austen books and this was just like some of hers. Same style of writing (I think) and it's a romance novel.

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Dec 28, 2018

This book is not worth it. I read it and it has horrible grammar. I would know as a mom reading is to myself. it's not the best book.I
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Sep 30, 2017

“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it."

Aug 26, 2016

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”

Dec 31, 2013

"Reader, I married him."

Maggie_Rose520 Sep 24, 2012

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 05, 2014

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

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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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