Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked this book up (not this actual cover shown... I have an American print dated 1971 - it's 2 years older than me!) for 85p at Minehead Train Station, on a steam train day out with my kids.
I had decided that I needed to read more classics, and there was Jane Eyre (I also picked up Gulliver's Travels).
I thought it would be hard to get into, the language heavy and stilted, however instead I found myself gripped. I was so wrong. It was so easy to read, the long passages of description, or dialogue engaging.
The first ten chapters are of her life as a child, these were extremely powerful, but as soon as Mr Rochester hit the page I didn't want to put this book down. Like Jane's, my emotions were up and down.
I do find it interesting that Mr Rochester is frequently regarded as ugly, something a modern day romance couldn't easily do, yet, you never see him as ugly, you see him through Jane's eyes, and know instantly that he loves her. I loved his devilish tricks, his moodiness and Jane's strength to match him.
Truly wonderful story, taking us back into a time that we can only imagine. Where people were truly poor or rich.
The characters were easily distinguished, from Mr Rochester to St John. I never tired of reading this book. Such a powerful romance.
I'm off to find more classics!
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This has taken my book read total to 39! Only one more to go and I've reached my 40. I can do that in a month, right?