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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre (original 1847; edition 2012)

by Charlotte Brontë, F. H. (Frederick Henry) Townsend (Illustrator)

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Title:Jane Eyre
Authors:Charlotte Brontë
Other authors:F. H. (Frederick Henry) Townsend (Illustrator)
Collections:Your library, Fiction, E-book, Books Read: 2013

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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    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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Most readers already know the gist of the story. Jane Eyre is an orphan without wealth or social standing. When we first meet young Jane, she's living with at the home of her mean and nasty cousins. Her aunt hates her and eventually has her sent to a Charles Dickens style charity school. After spending nine years at school, she moves to Thornfield Hall, to be governess to a young girl. She meets Edward Rochester and falls madly in love. Eventually he proposes and a terrible thing happens, causing Jane to run away.

I read this book as a young girl and it was always the one of I thought of when someone mentions “classic romance”. Jane was a plain girl who won the heart of the wealthy and debonair Edward Rochester. True love could happen to anyone. I read it through different eyes fifty years later but still found it very enjoyable. Of course, the language is difficult at times but it's still eloquently written. Thornfield Hall is still as atmospheric as it first was and I could still vividly envision the characters.

My only criticism is that the book wraps up just a bit too neatly, but this is what makes Jane's story so fascinating. I liked the ghostly elements of the story and thought it added to the story. I liked the fact that there was an epilogue to update us after the ending. I still loved Jane Eyre, maybe not as much as with my teenage heart, but the story still captivated me. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jun 15, 2016 |
My all time favorite book! ( )
  CeveringA | Jun 10, 2016 |
Well. It was certainly a lot more accessible than I thought it would be. It was more a novel for pleasure, less a classic of the canon. Still, I wouldn't necessarily think most people Jane's age, nowadays, would get it. At age 48, I enjoyed it. I do take off 1/2 star for melodrama & implausibility. And I do take off 1/2 star for the doctrine that if one does one's best to obey God one will be rewarded in the hereafter. I mean, I know lots of people believe that stuff, but I do not, and I cannot enjoy being preached at. Still, the fact that Jane must try so hard to be obedient to God, and yet we see that she remains fully in control of her obedience to Man, makes for entertaining reading. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Read this classic for f2f bookclub the first year. I enjoyed it. A story of an orphan girl, Jane and the man Rochester. It takes place on the moors. Its a romance but it's also a gothic. ( )
1 vote Kristelh | Jun 4, 2016 |
Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bonte.

This book is an excellent classic. I had read it years ago and it was a real enjoyment to read it again. Charlotte Bonte is an incredibly great writer. The story is written with emotional intensity, deeply memorable characters, and a glimpse at unshakeable obsession. Within that sense of the novel’s expertise is more realistic than fictional which helps create some of its immense power. There were times when I stopped to admire the style with which she conveyed something and the techniques she used. Bonte does one thing exceptionally well, which is painting a picture of Yorkshire and The Moors with words and the dialogue flows throughout the pages as if reading prose poetry.

The story revolves around the life of an orphan, Jane Eyre, living in England in the 1900s. The book starts out during Jane’s childhood, when she lived with her cruel Aunt Reed and cousins Georgiana, John, and Eliza, and her years at the Lowood School as both a student and later as a teacher. When she decided to move on she became a governess at Thornfield Hall. While living there she falls in love with her master, Edward Rochester and they prepare to be married. Jane’s happiness is destroyed when she learns of a horrible secret that Edward has kept from her and now she must leave him and go as far away as she can.

Charlotte Bonte portrays Jane’s character as not being perfect, not being attractive, and not being well liked but Bonte also establishes many good qualities in Jane’s character as being very shy, kind, and humble. At times Jane’s character initiated a flirtatious style when she was around Edward Rochester once they declared their love, and amuses playfully over the hold she has on Edward. Their conversations were fascinating and very revealing yet when the time came to have an iron will to leave him she did not hesitate.

During her travels away from Thornfield Hall she suffers the worst devastation of poverty and shock to the point of almost dying. She struggles through the next few years to make her life right and finds herself meeting people who turn her away and others who try to help her. At this point in the story a lot of things took place but the story still fulfilled every emotional experience that never stopped the pages flowing with an abundance of tranquility…

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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
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erikson, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freedman, BarnettIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
McCaddon, WandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mills, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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.
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
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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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