- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Mar. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140434003
- ISBN-13: 978-0140434002
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,597 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Mar 1996
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A beautiful collector's edition of Charlotte Brontë's most popular novel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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One of the best written, classics of English literature. It's a shame CB didn't meet her own Mr. Rochester.Published 3 days ago by ben sutherland
This was enjoyable to read, about old fashioned sensibilities and Jane re-writes her life over and over again. Easy to read.Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
I ordered this book as an extra gift for my daughter on her 30th birthday. I hadn't realised how small the book was so was surprised when I received my parcel. Read morePublished 12 days ago by DEBRA FARRELL
I’ve meant to read Jane Eyre for years and am so glad I eventually managed to get around to reading it. It is a classic and deservedly so. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Damo Green