Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane EyreJane 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?


  1. Jane Eyre is one of my desert-island books. I read it over and over when I need comfort and security. It has its flaws - the weird occult flavor of Rochester's voice calling her has always thrown me off - yet the book is overall such a master stroke of passion that I love it all the same.

    I just spoke to an acquaintance who had to force himself to finish it. He hated everything about it and said none of it made sense. I felt bad for him!

  2. I agree, Sela, it does have a couple of flaws. I wasn't so convinced about her being saved by her cousins - very small world. Yet, I liked it because it was another happy ending for Jane. She'd found family but it also added some nice conflict.

    Yes, I saw the Jane! Jane! Jane! as maybe her subconscious Mr Rochester was speaking to her and telling her 'off'. But all the same. I read it that they're love for each implied that maybe they could communicate far and wide. I loved the book! I've lent it to my dad now lol! as he likes period set books.


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