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Jane Eyre (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040387
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,588 customer reviews)
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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte."
--Virginia Woolf

-At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte.-
--Virginia Woolf

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This classic novel challenges conventions of desire, family, class and just how much of our identity we are willing to give up for those we love. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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I read Jane Eyre quite by accident.

Many years ago i watched a period drama on television, and 2 weeks ago i thought i would finally read the book, so imagine my surprise when the book didnt tally with what i had seen on screen. It later came to me that what i had actually watched was Emma, by Jane Austen, but by the time i discovered my faux pas, i was so into Jane Eyre that i did not care one iota.

I was hooked from the first chapter, and enchanted by this poor creature who was enduring so much mental and physical torture, who was unloved, unwanted and alone.

As the story progresses we see Jane mature from a young rebellious thing to a fine, upstanding, sweet natured woman, who is headstrong and determined, and completely selfless.

Narrated in the first person, Bronte's writing instantly draws the reader into the story, compelling us to read another chapter, and another, without much respite. I found the book incredibly hard to put down. The way the story unfolds is mesmerising, and it is so intelligently written and absorbing; i often found myself musing over the previously read chapters when i did eventually put the book down for a rest.

The last two chapters had me in tears, literally; i was reading the final chapters while sat in my garden, sunglasses on, though when the tears began to fall, i had to remove them because tears just fell onto the plastic lenses, and then they fell onto the very pages which bought those tears on. I rarely get this emotional when reading, and i am quite sure i have never shed so many tears over any book until now.
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From the language, to the insights, to the period, and all the vivid characters of which jane is the shining star; this book is a treat I had not expected. Yes it is romantic but what a romance, you can not but love jane, her indomitable spirit, her relentless thirst to stand as a person, to be the best she could be.
We meet Jane as a child living in wretched conditions that go from bad to slightly better, it is only her determination and the kindness of a teacher that let her flower where most vanished, she becomes independent by her own self reliance and education, and when she finds love she will only accept it in her own terms . She is nobody's fool or pet, she is the definition of liberation, and she relinquishes only what she wants to relinquish, no more no less. This happens in a world that is socially divided on all aspects (during the reign of George III 1760–1820) and where religion is still the backbone of every action but not in the kindness of Christ but the tyrannical old testament god. But most of the female character find solace in the philosophy of forgiveness and charity
This is a book that is proto feminist and way ahead of its time. Charlotte Brontë was called the 'first historian of the private consciousness' and has influenced many other works of literature, as well as influencing social consciousness towards the treatment of children, class division, and the rights women. but most of all it is a great read.
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Jane Eyre is set in rural 19th century England, Bronte has created a fictional account of the early life of Jane Eyre examining the conflicts between love and independence, conscience and passion, and the struggle of a young girl and woman. These hardly seem revolutionary now but were all pioneering themes in the patriarchal society of Victorian England in the 1800s.

Jane Eyre, a nine year old orphan, is being raised by her maternal aunt, Mrs. Reed, depicted as a cold and uncaring maternal figure Jane Eyre finds herself at Lowood Boarding School where life is just as tough before Jane Eyre helped by her role model Helen Burns becomes an intelligent, educated young woman eventually tutoring at the school before she leaves to work for the wealthy Mr. Rochester. Rochester and Eyre have tumultuous relationship throughout the novel and Rochester has dark secrets he is trying to keep hidden in the attic of his home.

It is a good story well told, if it has any weaknesses it might be the overuse of French with no translations and the concluding chapter is very brief and just wraps up everything a little too neatly. But it is a classic of English Literature and rightly so.
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Jane Eyre was Charlotte's first published novel but she and her two surviving sisters had been writing stories and reading them to each other and their brother, from a very early age. At first the stories were built around their set of toy soldiers and were written in toy sized books. So Jane Eyre is in fact a mature work and draws on the experience of her two older sisters who were sent away to school, contracted TB and died. The horror of life at that school comes across very clearly. The romantic fantasy that fills the rest of the book was I guess largely imagined, as Charlotte was the only sister to marry; she married late, and died carrying her first child. Emily was intensely shy with anyone outside the family and died before Charlotte. I think you can almost hear the sisters listening to early drafts, criticising and enhancing their sister's efforts. I can imagine their laughter as they pile on the fantastic imagery as the house burns down and Rochester is maimed and blinded. Then the affecting reunion in the dreary woods, probably made all three cry and then laugh at the absurdity of it all. This is Victorian melodrama at it's best.
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