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Jane Eyre by Charolotte Bronte

Jane Eyre (original 1847; edition 2006)

by Charolotte Bronte

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Title:Jane Eyre
Authors:Charolotte Bronte
Info:Ann Arbor Media Group (2006), Hardcover
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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    Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Bonzer, chrisharpe, fannyprice)
    chrisharpe: There are some similarities between these two books: a young woman marries an older widower and moves to his mansion, where the marriage is challenged by the unearthly presence of the first wife.
    fannyprice: These two books reminded me a lot of each other but Rebecca was more modern and somewhat less preachy.
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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (TineOliver)
    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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    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (stephmo, aces, JenniferLivingstone)
    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.
  6. 218
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Both gothic novels, with a big ol' creepy house, and theme of hidden family secrets
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    Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: An interesting retelling.
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    The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (_Zoe_)
    _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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    susanbooks: Naylor so brilliantly plays w/Dante & Jane Eyre
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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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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. Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, Antigone, etc. fall into a similar class, but in my experience it's Jane Eyre that draws people out. Jane's earnest desire to live well and find happiness on her terms is a great uniter. 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 |
This is an excellent page turner. It has been over 30 years since I studied jurisprudence as a separate inquiry. This book could serve a basis of an essay of that noble pursuit. Humanity, ethics, God's will vs. human desire, love, friendship, duty, morality and other core topics are discoursed with grace, emotion and vivid prose. So glad I finally took up this tome. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Very engaging. Very, I went here; I did it— very experiential.


Helen Burns is my friend.
  smallself | Jan 17, 2019 |
I'm an old guy. Not so old that I could have dated the author in high school (she was a couple years ahead of me), but still, not exactly the prime audience for this book. So, maybe I should skip a review altogether. And maybe I should add my two-cents for those other old guys out there thinking of reading the book. This is supposed to be a romantic novel, right? A listing I just saw an online poll that says this is the third most popular classic book ever. On the other hand, my ebook reader system doesn't categorize it as "Book", but under "Kids". Why? Because the lead character starts out as a child and ends up as barely an adult? Let me ignore all that and just say I don't think this is a romance. I think it's a book about "What is love?" Plus, it's also about 350 pages too long, attaching the equivalent of a ten page lyric poem to pretty much every look out the window or walk outside. It's also very hung up on "plain" appearances, though that is one aspect of how it assesses what love is. "Is it possible to truly love a plain person?" "Does a plain person deserve love?" ("Can plain people find love and happiness just like regular folks?") Coincidentally, the author makes it easier to conclude an answer to that question by manipulating the narrative to provide a person who can't actually see the plain appearance. It should be mentioned that education and having "culture" is also thrown into the mix. Thankfully, the author seems to relent and conclude that beauty and culture are not absolute requirements for bliss, but nevertheless provide a higher standard of love, so don't pass them up if you can get them. Finally, I want to make a point about the many movies and television shows that have been made about this book and how -- I think -- they have distorted our view of the actual text of the book. For instance, I watched a video summarizing which actor played the best "Rochester". The conclusion was unquestionably, the handsome former James Bond actor, Timothy Dalton. I ask, did anyone even read the book's description of Rochester? There were other videos that compared multiple film versions of one of the first "proposal" scene. While I only viewed about six of the roughly dozen filmed versions available to me, not one of them had the right setting, the means by which the characters come together for the scene, the dialogue, and/or the reactions of the characters to the proposal discussion, as it was set in the actual book. I also watched the very start to about five films. All but two left out the entire first third of the book, with only one starting with the initial scene that sets the tone. My point isn't that a movie must be faithful to a book. My point is that I strongly suspect that what some people remember so fondly in the book was never there to begin with, and that the book simply does not measure up to the films that may be in peoples' minds. ( )
1 vote larryerick | Jan 14, 2019 |
Reader, I finished it.

So I do believe Jane was kickass (although Pious-with a capital 'p') and that the book could feel stilted and drag at times. I feel like Rochester could be a prick, but we all know I get falling for that intensity.

Classics will always be easy to object to on the basis of the time we read them in-but the elements remain timeless even if tiny details are not.

So yes, I finished it. For the second time in my life. I enjoyed it even, particularly the first and last parts which flowed nicely. However, I doubt I'll revisit it in my lifetime. (I enjoyed Thandie Newton's performance for the portions I listened to) ( )
  aMnreader | Jan 13, 2019 |
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There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
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.
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.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141441143, Paperback)

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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