“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Adult Fiction, Classic
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to read. Many of the classics can be difficult to read if you’re not comfortable with “old-timey” language.
- Jane was quite lovely. I loved that she was strong and really stood up for herself. It would have been the easy way out to give up her values but she really sticks to her virtues. I loved that everything worked out for her in the end.
- Rochester was okay. He fluctuates between really great and being a bit of a jerk. I wouldn’t say he’s a terrible person but definitely make some bad choices.
- The story does wander and takes its time. It’s really not that big of deal if you take your time with reading it.
The bottom line? I enjoyed the story! Now I can start watching the adaptions.