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Jane Eyre (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Charlotte Brontė , Sally Shuttleworth , Margaret Smith
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12 Oct 2000 Oxford World's Classics
'Such a strange book! Imagine a novel with a little swarthy governess for heroine, and a middle-aged ruffian for hero.' Sharpe's London Magazine (June 1855) Jane Eyre is an orphan grown up under the harsh regime first of her aunt and then as a pupil at Lowood Institution. She leaves to become a governess to the daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester; gradually their relationship deepens, but Jane's passionate nature has yet to endure its deepest blows. In this new edition Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was more than 150 years ago.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (12 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192839659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192839657
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (659 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a splendid edition with extremely helpful notes - useful to faculty and students alike - and an "Introduction" which informs without overwhelming."--Preston Browning, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Jane Eyre is the inspiring heroine of one of the best-loved British novels of all time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary triumph 23 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was slightly reluctant to read Jane Eyre. In the past I have had bad expieriences with what people would deem 'intellectual' books and wrongly dub as 'contemporary classics', but I can honestly say that Jane Eyre deserves to be referred to as a classic.
It is written in an autobiographical style and tells the story of Jane Eyre (obviously), who was orphaned at an early age and taken in by her uncle, Mr. Reed, who shortly also died, leaving her in the care of her cruel Aunt, Mrs. Reed, and at the mercy of her malicious cousin, John Reed. However, at the age of ten Jane Eyre leaves the Reed household to attent a charity boarding school known as Lowood where she befriends the mild mannered Helen Burns and gains the education that allows her, at the age of eighteen, to take a position as a Governess at Thornfield Hall. Here she meets the 'dark and sardonic' Mr. Rochester and falls in love with him. But alas, their union is not to be when Jane discovers a dark secret of Mr. Rochester's that forces her to leave Thornfield Hall and her chance of happiness as a married woman.
I will not go into the plot any longer, in case of spoiling the ending, but there are many aspects of the book that I was shocked to see in a novel written back in the 1800's. One that was not so surprising however, was the religious and moral references that frequently crop up, but don't be deceived into thinking that Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester and all other lead chracters are pious and preachy with the shared desire to 'do the right thing'. Jane does try to do what's right, but Mr. Rochester is often sly and occasionally seems cruel. He is far from a typical 'hero'.
And Jane is far from the typical heroine. This is what I believe makes the book so refreshing despite the fact it was written such a long time ago.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her First Published Novel 19 Mar 2013
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
The last of the Bronte sisters to have a novel published, although they did all appear in the same year, Charlotte originally put forward The Professor to be her first novel, which was turned down (quite rightly), thus only being published after her death. As with her two other major novels, 'Villette' and 'Shirley' you can quite clearly see how Charlotte played with her readers and their expectations.

We read about Jane Eyre growing up and how she falls in love with Mr Rochester, only to find out a secret after he has proposed to her. With gothic settings and an end that would have been a surprise for most readers of the time this was first published, this novel was ultimately said by Miss Oliphant to be the starting of the 'Sensation Novel'. Readers since its first publication have fallen in love with this story and it was well received by most critics at the time, with the exception of those of a more strict religious persuasion - after all it is a romance, but of an illicit type.

Nowadays apart from still being a very engrossing read this also gives some idea of how people were treated and what normal expectations their lives had. Of course Charlotte, by creating what was an illicit romance between two people would have still been a bit of a shocker at the time, as such things were greatly frowned upon, and this shows Charlotte's sophistication and willingness to appeal to her readers. She followed up such things with 'Villette' where she goes out of her way to play with her readers, and with 'Shirley', because at the time the name was only just becoming to be associated as a female name instead of a male.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre 26 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a beautiful story - the best romance ever written. But don't let that put you off - Jane Eyre is as passionate and wilful a character as you could ever wish for. Written in the first-person, Jane Eyre is both compelling and exciting. You haven't truly read anything if you haven't read this!
This is a fast-paced story (not as wordy as people are inclined to believe), which is impossible to put down after you have begun to read it! This edition of the book is a comfortable book to read, with reasonably big type, although it makes the book fatter. The cover is in a very romantic style, which may not suit everybody, but I would definately reccomend the layout inside. There isn't a 'dictionary' at the back with difficult to understand words or phrases that are no longer in use, which might be a good idea for younger readers, but I'm definately a younger reader, and yet I'm finding it perfectly easy to understand!
If you haven't read this, then buy it NOW and read it. Oh, and buy it for everyone else you know.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book 24 Sep 2004
Format:Paperback
I should probably start by pointing out that I used to hate reading classics. Old novels? Feh. The flowery language alone was enough to bore me to tears.
But Jane Eyre was different. Jane Eyre was a the kind of a book a girl could grow up with. When I was a child Jane's fierceness and her stubborn desire to stand up to those who belittled her inspired me. As I grew older, I began to appreciate the other messages woven into the text. Every time I read it, something new opened up to me. Books that grow better with every read are rare and precious. Jane Eyre is one such book.
Basically, the book is an account of the life of the fictional character Jane Eyre. From childhood onwards, the girl suffers from bad treatment and hardship because she is not pretty enough, not witty enough, not cheerful enough to make herself loveable. But through it all, Jane is portrayed as a girl with great resilience and courage, with a belief in her own self worth that woill not let her give up.
What makes this book so great is perhaps the unique and vivid voice with which the whole story was told. Jane's first person view of all that occurs is well portrayed, and her soul really shines through. Charlotte's Bronte's use of language is superb.
I will try not to give any more of the book away, because frankly, the only way to enjoy it is to read it yourself. Jane Eyre is a wonderful piece of fiction. Both powerful and alive in a way that many books, both classic and modern, are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
Jane Eyre is so emotional and was written beautifully that by the end of the book I was crying! Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!
Published 9 hours ago by Lisa George
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Published 3 days ago by kc
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, beautiful and thrilling. Charlotte Bronte's best.
Jane Eyre, after reading no more than 20 pages, I was hooked, and felt compelled to name this classic one of my favorites. It's a story of strong, naked emotional power. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sonie
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape
Jane Eyre is just such a lovely read when you want to escape into another time.
Published 6 days ago by Dashwood
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Published 9 days ago by Val G.
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book every couple of years A love story. The hero
I read this book every couple of years
A love story.
The hero, not really loveable, who is betrayed by his family as a young man and who makes a life decision to grab... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mrs.Simone Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome novel
Jane eyre.. such a nice romantic novel which has gothic elements too.. would love anyone who reads it.. I never get fed up of it..
Published 10 days ago by sav
1.0 out of 5 stars but really just annoying!
Thought I ought to read it, but really just annoying!
Published 11 days ago by ML, Oxford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent novel about love and loss, with some women's rights added in! A must read.
Published 11 days ago by L. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 17 days ago by Ken1smith
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