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Jane Eyre (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1847; edition 2003)

by Charlotte Brontë

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Title:Jane Eyre (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Charlotte Brontë
Info:Dover Publications (2003), Paperback, 448 pages
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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    fannyprice: These two books reminded me a lot of each other but Rebecca was more modern and somewhat less preachy.
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    TineOliver: Debates about which is the greater love story have raged between book lovers for years. Why not read both and form your own opinion?
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    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Kerian, westher, deepikasd)
    Kerian: If for some reason you read The Eyre Affair without having read Jane Eyre, I definitely recommend it. It will certainly be interesting to read and is a very good book.
    westher: Voor als je wilt weten hoe de verhaallijn ontstaan is ;-)
    deepikasd: This story also gives you a different spin and shows how the story is "changed" to what it is today. Though the story is a parody, the reader who loves Jane Eyre will definitely love meeting the characters again and relish the story all over.
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    gabynation6: these authors were sisters
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    stephmo: Written as the story of the first Mrs. Rochester. While this may not be the light we want to remember Mr. Rochester in, it leads to a richer picture of the man he becomes for Jane.
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    norabelle414: Both gothic novels, with a big ol' creepy house, and theme of hidden family secrets
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    infiniteletters: An interesting retelling.
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    _Zoe_: The Mysterious Howling offers a fresh perspective on the young governess arriving at a mysterious new place of employment. It's tongue-in-cheek and very funny--definitely an enjoyable read for those who don't take Jane Eyre too seriously.
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    Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (ElizabethPotter)
    ElizabethPotter: This is like Jane Eyre in verse.
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    ncgraham: Two Victorian heroines approach the question of how to reconcile passion and morality in very different ways.
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    susanbooks: Naylor so brilliantly plays w/Dante & Jane Eyre
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    JenniferLivingstone: If you're a fan of Jane Eyre, you might enjoy the children's book Jane, the Fox, and Me. It's a sweet story about a young girl who has trouble with bullying and self-esteem - and who is able to find comfort from the book Jane Eyre. Highly, highly recommended.… (more)

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Per giudicarlo necessita pensare che è stato scritto nel 1847. Il tema dell'amore analizzato da una donna e in certi momenti con qualche sprazzo di ardore che penso sia legato al contesto ambientale Inglese e alla religione protestante. Leggerlo senza poterne discutere se anche oggi abbia senso proporne la lettura può diminuirne il valore del tempo che ha richiesto per finirlo ( )
  Ste1955 | Apr 24, 2019 |
I started this book when I was in high school. I read about 3/4 of the book and never finished it — I did that often. I plan to read (and finish) the book this year.

02.15.2015
Listening to the Jane Eyre (2011) film soundtrack while reading. Lovely. Haunting.

02.16.2015
"Left to myself I abandoned myself ..."
  hejmarguerite | Mar 12, 2019 |
Me resulta un poco difícil escribir esta reseña porque no me gustaría restarle mérito a un clásico tan grande e importante como es este; pero siendo totalmente honesta no fue una de mis lecturas predilectas.

Desde un comienzo la autora nos hace partícipes de todas las calamidades que azotan su existencia desde una temprana edad, y con el pasar de cada capítulo me ponía más y más ansiosa al pensar "bueno, y en qué momento le van a dar un respiro?". Esta sensación me duró durante toda la lectura y ni siquiera en los que se suponía que eran los "buenos momentos", se podía sentir un alivio a todas esas penas.

Otra cosa que me pareció tediosa, hasta cierto punto, fueron las pausas constantes en la historia para explicar todo el proceso psicológico por el que atravesaba la protagonista a raíz de determinados eventos o experiencias que, en variadas ocasiones, no me pareció que fueran tan importantes para la historia o para el desarrollo del personaje. Sin embargo, la narrativa es excelente y a pesar de los tropiezos antes mencionados fue una lectura fluida y satisfactoria. ( )
  LenoreDiKaat | Mar 10, 2019 |
Glad to have read this at last. Love the language, love Jane. I'm not sure how the author managed to convince her world that a man wrote this; the perspective is clearly feminine. I enjoy that the narrative focus is Jane's journey and not the romance, though on the whole I came around to their being right for each other in the end. My one qualm with the romance is Jane's decision to return to him, or rather the timing of it, given she has no idea he is now a widower. I guess that quasi-supernatural moment of hearing each other's voices is a divine intervention to get them back together ... or something. Or maybe Bronte knew it was problematic and chose it deliberately to remind us that as much as Jane has grown, she's still fallible like everyone else. Which is the thing I enjoyed most: the layers of character developed for both Jane and Rochester. They are fascinating, complicated, flawed people who sometimes contradict themselves, as all humans do. I love the humor they share, a bit dark and usually missed by everyone else in the room.

I'm currently halfway through watching the Masterpiece 2006 version (Toby Stephens/Ruth Wilson) and this cast is really perfect. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
Can this be only my third time reading 'Jane Eyre'? It's easy to exaggerate, but even though there are many books that are more personal and relevant to my own experiences, this book has had a huge influence on my life. In the nine(?) years since picking it off the library shelves as part of a summer reading assignment I've enjoyed the connections I've made with others through this book. Jane's earnest desire to live well and find happiness on her terms is a great unifier. I may never understand Mr. Rochester's apparent sexiness, but Jane's love for him, and his for her, feels genuine thanks to the small touches around the edges of their odd courtship.

I don't suppose a person needs a reason but in the last year I've read 'The Eyre Affair', 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and 'The Professor' which left me with an urge to revisit Jane's story or, considering that last, a good Brontë novel. It took awhile for the right time to come along, but it was worth it. The story is so unconventional and Jane has so little regard for what is "proper" to society as opposed to what is "right" for her that I can see how the book shook up the staid literary world. I also had never noticed that Brontë had dedicated the second edtion of 'Jane Eyre' to William Makepeace Thackeray. Right on!

I've read the book in class twice before, but I've never really 'got' the gothic and spooky aspects of the novel. Well I got them, but I never felt them. My last job (which I recently gave up in favor of something less stressful) was along the same lines of Grace Poole's here. And let me tell you, it was not my brightest idea to read the middle portion of the novel during a 48 hour shift looking after a woman where there is a legitimate fear of waking up in the middle of the night to strange laughter and the possibility of harm. Days later my dreams still haven't gone back to normal.

Compared to later works such as 'Villette' (another I should reread), 'Jane Eyre' is unpolished, but I love this anyway. I feel like everyone around Jane talks about her flawed features so often it wouldn't be fair of me to add any criticism or deduct a single star. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
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A preface to the first edition of 'Jane Eyre' being unnecessary, I gave none: this second edition demands a few words both of acknowledgment and miscellaneous remark.
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I could not answer the ceaseless inward question—why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of—I will not say how many years, I see it clearly.
Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain and little that I am souless and heartless? You think wrong. I have as much soul as you and full as much heart, and if God had granted me 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.
Women are supposed 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 puddings 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.
To have yielded would have been an error of principle; to have yielded now would have been an error in judgement.
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.
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Jane Eyre is the story of a love-deprived girl who becomes the governess of a young french girl at a the Rochester estate. Jane's boss, Mr Rochester is mysterious and reclusive. As romance develops between Jane and Rochester not all is as it seems. There are strange noises in the night and Jane believes a servant is trying to kill Rochester. Nothing at the Rochester estate is as she expects.
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She's poor and orphaned
But educated and proud
Boss gets all fired up.
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A new edition of one of Penguin's top ten Classics-the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations"
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A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel's political and magical dimensions.

Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?

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"Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, 'Jane Eyre' (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom. In her introduction, Stevie Davies discusses the novel's language and politics, its treatment of women's lives and its literary influences. This edition also includes a chronology, further reading, an appendix and notes." -- Back cover.… (more)

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