Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
“Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.”
I’ve always felt like I should read more “classics” but I’ve always found some excuse not to read them. So, I decided this year I’d read some. Plus, it’ll help me check off more of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list.
I really enjoyed this book. Bronte tells a wonderful story. I particularly like the way the author has Jane acknowledge us, the readers, as she narrates the tale. I will definitely be picking up some other classics over the next year and I’ll probably be adding Jane Eyre into my rotation of books that I read annually. I finally decided to read it after I saw the preview for the 2011 movie starring Mia Wasikowska and then my bff told me that it was one of her favorite books ever. I recommend a lot of books to her so I figured if she loved Jane I’d give it a shot and I’m glad I did.
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen (first published 1847)