Published by Public Domain Books on December 16th 2010 (first in 1847)
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction, Romance
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As a young governess, Jane Eyre falls for Mr. Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall. While their affections grow, a horrible secret threatens to tear the lovers apart.
I mean, of course I’m going to say that the writing is very old fashioned and long and can get a bit dreary, but when you really get into it it’s really not hard at all to think like she writes. Then you can read long bits of writing, like descriptions that go on for pages, and you won’t have any trouble understanding. I even found myself beginning to think and talk like she writes. It’s catching.
I won’t lie, it took me a REALLY LONG time to get into this book. I had to read it for school (which is already enough of a turnoff) but I got to about 12% and could not bring myself to continue. It wasn’t necessarily boring, in fact her childhood (the first 10 chapters) were interesting and cruel, but the writing took ages to get used to and I wasn’t up for it (which is also why I gave up on Pride and Prejudice, but I’m going to have to give that another try now). Then, months later, I finally picked it up, and after a few chapters I was HOOKED. I could not stop reading. As my friends had told me, it got a LOT better. Her life went from awful to interesting, and then exciting. And it didn’t stop being exciting until the end. Both tragedy and happiness followed in equal measure.
Aside from that, I love the author’s commentary on life in those times (made even better by the fact that she was living in those times). Our main character, Jane, is not a pretty girl or particularly bright and gifted. She is plain and has a few talents, but nothing that particularly sets her apart. And then there is Mr. Rochester, who is not handsome and has had not the most reputable past. Yet they are both such characters. I couldn’t help but feel for Jane, even though she was so passive most of the time, she had a certain fierce pride and bluntness and way of thinking that was charming. And Mr. Rochester was certainly a strong character, addicting even though he was rather stubborn and bullheaded. It was quite something to see the two get on.
I felt like Jane made all the honest, proper decisions, even though I would have made far more passionate ones. She did an admirable job at following her head instead of her heart, and it still worked out. The way this book explored marriage, love, wealth, and family was quite interesting and in greater depth than I would have expected.
The ending was not without some tragedy, but it worked out and I had a lot of the feels. It was such a beautiful story.
“I again felt rather like an individual of but average gastronomical powers sitting down to feast alone at a table spread with provisions for a hundred.” –page 247
I just love the way she says this. This is the only quote I marked because I found it so funny at the time. Also I’ve been very hungry all the time lately so this resonated with me. Haha.
- writing takes getting used to
This book was a lovely story and great social commentary. Although the writing takes getting used to, I found it impossible to put down after a time. The characters were portrayed as nothing special at first, but then became so lifelike and amazing and impossible not to cheer for. And it was a marvelous love story. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.