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Jane Eyre (original 1847; edition 2011)

by Charlotte Bronte, Josephine Bailey (Reader)

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Member:nathys
Title:Jane Eyre
Authors:Charlotte Bronte
Other authors:Josephine Bailey (Reader)
Info:Random House Audio (2011), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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    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.
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    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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    _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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    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Flight of Gemma Hardy is an updated version of Jane Eyre, set in mid-20th-century Scotland. Read the original to get a fuller understanding of Gemma's choices.
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    ElizabethPotter: This is like Jane Eyre in verse.
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It took me forever to read this in bits and pieces. By the end, I was tearing up and upset with myself for not having read this classic at an earlier age. Amazing read. ( )
  bjoelle5 | Feb 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed this. I think it was evident early on that there had to be the requisite "happy ever after" ending. Still it was an enjoyable read with some interesting characters. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
I love this book for a lot of reasons, first and foremost being Jane herself. She is an admirable heroine who sticks to her morals no matter the consequences, but not so much of a prude that she doesn't have a sense of humor (like, ahem, St. John Rivers). This is the first classic I ever read that I actually liked, and I've enjoyed it each time I've reread it.

My biggest complaint about this book is that too many pages were dedicated to St. John Rivers. The book even ends on Jane's thoughts about him, for crying out loud. I relate to Jane in a lot of ways, but I never understood why she liked John at all. To me he was just a sideways plot that slowed the book down, nothing more.

Which is why, in my opinion, the best stuff happens before Jane runs away from Mr. Rochester (although their reunion is sweet and fulfilling). Jane's past is sad but interesting, Bertha Mason is super creepy, and Jane and Mr. Rochester's relationship is very Beauty-and-the-Beast-like. Although wordy at times, this is a special book. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 1, 2016 |
Always an exceptional read. I read this nearly every year. Some years, I'm more curious than others; but I always enjoy the story. ( )
  lesmel | Feb 1, 2016 |
After all this time?

Always.

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jane and i had a troubled beginning. there was this beautiful hard back copy that sat in our living room. i saw the orson welles film sometime when i was around eight or nine, and was captivated. immediately, i wanted to try to read the book. but i couldn’t get along with the beautiful hard back. something about it just didn’t agree with me. it wasn’t until my mum gave me her old copy from school that, suddenly, everything clicked. the copy was old. the copy was falling apart (since then, some of the pages have fallen out, and the spine cover has actually fallen off too). it was orange. it was hideous.

it was perfect.

who doesn’t know the story of jane eyre? it has everything. orphans, religion, romance, betrayal, crazy attic wives, the works! it’s all so over the top and it’s fantastic. bronte creates this real feeling of repressed feelings, if that makes any sense. jane has moral boundaries for herself and by god will she stick to them. i like that in a person. maybe it’s why omar is my favourite character from the wire. though i am not directly comparing the two in any way. that would be weird.

anyway.

i much prefer charlotte’s writing to emily’s, at least in terms of emily’s one novel, wuthering heights. charlotte’s is expansive and over-the-top without being so bleak and morose and (in places) utterly batshit as emily’s. jane eyre is first and foremost a look into jane’s head, and secondly - but not any less importantly - a really good, compelling story. it is also very much of its time. the religious aspects, i feel, have to be read in the context not only of charlotte’s life as the daughter of a minister, but in the context of that period in english history. i feel in this novel, moreso than any of her other, charlotte allows the plot to overcome the religious aspect in the novel. it’s certainly far more palatable in that respect than any of her subsequent novels, if one can call “the professor” subsequent.

it’s my comfort book. it’s the book i can open at any page and start reading and feel like i’m at home. it’s the book i take everywhere. it’s nowhere near the BEST book i’ve ever read. but it does exactly what i want it to. i will read it over and over and over and never tired of the world the charlotte created (i might have to get myself a new copy though). ( )
  thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
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Brontë, Charlotteprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booker, NellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brett, SimonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cabot, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, Joe LeeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gilpin, SamAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibbett, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jong, EricaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klett, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, Q. D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mason, MichaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Minogue, SallyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, KathyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Root, AmandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, LucyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, MargaretEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisser, Susan OstrovIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeiger, ArthurAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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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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