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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre (original 1847; edition 2014)

by Charlotte Brontë (Author)

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In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
Title:Jane Eyre
Authors:Charlotte Brontë (Author)
Info:London : Folio Society, 2014
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

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    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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    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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    infiniteletters: An interesting retelling.
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    ElizabethPotter: This is like Jane Eyre in verse.
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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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    susanbooks: Naylor so brilliantly plays w/Dante & Jane Eyre

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Wonderful story of orphan who becomes a governess to a strange man. Great Gothic classic. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
Still my favorite book! Charlotte Bronte's writing is beautiful, I love the story. ( )
  HeartofGold900 | Dec 3, 2022 |
This review contains SPOILERS


I've never understood why Jane Eyre is seen as a Romance, and upon re-reading, I understand that even less so now. Mr. Rochester is emotionally abusive, manipulative, selfish, and always strives to do whatever will achieve the ends he desires. He does not consider how his actions will affect others, and today would likely be described as someone as suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Have you ever argued with a Narcissist? It goes quite like the scene in the church: (re: being accused of already having a wife):
// wording is my own //
- Have you proof of what you claim?
- How dare you claim this! Who do you think you are?
- If what you say is so, prove how you know this!
- Oh okay, what you say is true, BUT
- The situation isn't what I'd want for myself!
- I was tricked!
- The situation is not my fault!
- I DESERVE the outcome I wish!
- You are wrong to want anything other than my desire! You, YOU are in the wrong!

// If you haven't read Jane Eyre in a while, here is the text to the church scene:

Even though I knew the outcome to expect in the story, for some insane reason I kept hoping it would end differently. Mid-novel, Jane finally achieves independence, escapes yet another over-controlling relationship, and then goes *back* to her abuser for what she calls happiness and love.

Why does Jane love Mr. Rochester? The novel doesn't show this! Here's my explanation: it fits the description of Trauma Bonding. She fell in love with her abuser. This is NOT romance. This is NOT an example of a strong feminine character. This is an example of what abuse looks like under the guise of romance and is a HOW (NOT) TO guide.

Reader: Don't Marry Guys Like This.

(P.S. Traumatic bonding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traumatic_bonding)

Why am I rating this book 4-stars? Because it made me think, it made me angry, and it made me write a review. In other words, it moved me, as all great novels should... ( )
  sentryrose | Nov 30, 2022 |
Reread. Although I still consider the story to be a well written piece of gothic fiction, a specific character (namely Rochester) was supremely annoying the second time around. ( )
  LowProfile | Nov 24, 2022 |
This was an incredibly amazing book. By keeping the tone consistent throughout the narrative, the author paces the reader and teaches the reader to slow down so as not to miss the relevant details in the story.

There is richness of theme throughout, carefully woven into the story. If one chooses to observe them and explore them, the narrative becomes that much filling and satisfying. And yet the story stands alone even without the deepness that the themes bring. ( )
  Jeffrey_G | Nov 22, 2022 |
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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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In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

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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.

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