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Jane Eyre (1847)

by Charlotte Brontë

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Jane Eyre is raised in her aunt's house after the death of her parents. Her aunt cannot stand the queer, quiet child and sends her off to a spartan boarding school where she is severely mistreated. She survives, however, and eventually finds herself a situation as a governess in the household of Edward Rochester. She and Rochester fall passionately in love, in one of the great literary love stories. But a dark secret in his house will tear them apart and send her alone into the wilderness before she can find her way back to him.… (more)
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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?
  3. 378
    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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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (roby72, gabynation6)
    gabynation6: these authors were sisters
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    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (stephmo, aces, JenniferLivingstone, kjuliff)
    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.
    kjuliff: Mr. Rochester
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    Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (Medellia)
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    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Both gothic novels, with a big ol' creepy house, and theme of hidden family secrets
  8. 141
    The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors by Juliet Barker (Wraith_Ravenscroft)
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    Villette by Charlotte Brontë (Wraith_Ravenscroft, allenmichie)
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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Maiasaura)
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    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (hazzabamboo)
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    Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: An interesting retelling.
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    The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Two Victorian heroines approach the question of how to reconcile passion and morality in very different ways.
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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.
  16. 61
    Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (ElizabethPotter)
    ElizabethPotter: This is like Jane Eyre in verse.
  17. 51
    The Victorian Governess by Kathryn Hughes (susanbooks)
  18. 40
    Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt (JenniferLivingstone)
    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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    Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Naylor so brilliantly plays w/Dante & Jane Eyre
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    Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life by Lyndall Gordon (MissBrangwen)

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Led back to Jane Eyre by Jean Rhys's Wide Sagasso Sea. Loved it. Found myself making notes to capture Charlotte Bronte's wonderful sentences such as,

'I had reviewed the information I had got, looked into my heart, thoughts and feelings, and endeavoured to bring back with a strict hand such as had been straying through imagination's reckless waste into the safe fold of common sense.'

Jane Eyre stands alone but there is no doubt to me that Jean Rhys's Wide Sagasso Sea adds a dimension of horror that enriches the original. ( )
  simonpockley | Feb 25, 2024 |
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  isob | Feb 18, 2024 |
Jane Eyre is such a weird and wonderful epic journey of a book. Charlotte Brontë blended up the real-life experiences of her and her sisters, a romantic and isolated disposition, some pretty progressive ideas about independent women, some pretty fantastical ideas about men, and some very unique ideas about the use of semi-colons into a one-of-a-kind Victorian romance. Reader, I'm working on a theory that Jane dies in that bog and the last third of the book -- which takes a rather surprising shift in tone -- is her fantasy as she is dying. I'm not sure Charlotte Brontë would agree, but it helped me get through some of the sloggy bits with St. John and Jane's previously unexplored religiosity. ( )
  kristykay22 | Feb 8, 2024 |
The story follows Jane from childhood to mature adulthood, delving into her perspective as she finds herself surrounded by eccentric characters. This is a love story where Jane has to take the time to consider what she really wants. Her life choices take her to Rochester, her newfound family, and back to love.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ( )
  Louisesk | Jan 26, 2024 |
This book made me sad about the state of the world at the time it was written. A lot of the conflict and struggles in it make very little sense in current society, which I guess makes me feel a little bit better about where we are now, but mostly it was just super frustrating to think about the fact that these would ever be issues that would be relevant.

My rating is mostly about how the book made me feel rather than about how well-written it was or how it might've been seen when it was written. ( )
  stardustwisdom | Dec 31, 2023 |
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This book is definitely a commitment so if you have a fear of long books or thoughtful language, you might want to watch the movie instead. However, this classic book is really worth reading just for Jane and you should know that if you feel that Rochester is a conniving, disgusting, ridiculous, jerky playboy, you are not alone.
added by vibesandall | editThe Guardian (UK), Elimagine (May 6, 2016)
We do not hesitate to say that the tone of mind and thought which has overthrown authority and violated every code human and divine abroad, and fostered Chartism and rebellion at home, is the same which has also written Jane Eyre.
added by vibesandall | editThe Quarterly Review, Elizabeth Rigby (1848)
There is not a single natural character throughout the work. Everybody moves on stilts—the opinions are bad—the notions absurd. Religion is stabbed in the dark—our social distinctions attempted to be levelled, and all absurdly moral notions done away with.
added by vibesandall | editThe Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction (1, 1847)

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Charlotte Brontëprimary authorall editionscalculated
Świderska, TeresaTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Atkinson, Juliettesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booker, NellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brett, SimonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buffoni, FrancoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cabot, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Darcy, DameIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, StevieEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, Joe LeeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dèttore, UgoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggink, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ericksen, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erlich, JulieAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freedman, BarnettIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilpin, SamAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haapanen, TyyniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibbett, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jong, Akkie deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jong, EricaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judge, PhoebeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klett, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leavis, Q. D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Liepke, SkipIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcireau, JacquesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mason, MichaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathias, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCaddon, WandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mills, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minogue, SallyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, KathyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newton, ThandieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newton, ThandiweNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reali, L.Traduttoresecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reali, LuisaTraddutoresecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roos, Elisabeth deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Root, AmandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schindler, Bernhardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schindler, BernhardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, LucyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shorter, Clement K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, MayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, MargaretEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisser, Susan OstrovIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
West, RebeccaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westendorp, FiepIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson. MeganCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolkoff, KatherineCover artistsecondary 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 raised in her aunt's house after the death of her parents. Her aunt cannot stand the queer, quiet child and sends her off to a spartan boarding school where she is severely mistreated. She survives, however, and eventually finds herself a situation as a governess in the household of Edward Rochester. She and Rochester fall passionately in love, in one of the great literary love stories. But a dark secret in his house will tear them apart and send her alone into the wilderness before she can find her way back to him.

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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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