Monday, May 30, 2011

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.  She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.


Oh my god...I loved this book.  I seriously have no idea why it's taken me this long to read it (both in the length of time it took me to start and in how long it finally took me to finish).  It was, hands down, one of the best books I've ever read.

I normally don't enjoy the so-called classics that much.  They tend to be sort of...boring.  I find them way too descriptive of unimportant things and, as a result, they seem to drag on into eternity.  I didn't feel that way with Jane Eyre.  Don't get me wrong, it was definitely one of my slower reads, but it didn't have that same uninteresting feel that most slow-reads give me.

I did find the start of the book to be sort of dreary, but that just added to the overall feel of Jane's progression through life and further emphasized just how strong of a character she becomes.  The poor girl goes through all this hardship in her childhood and early adult life and still comes out with her head held high.  Very inspiring.

Don't even get me started on Rochester.  Jane and Rochester's relationship, I feel, rivals Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.  Seriously.  I don't know why I've never heard about Edward Rochester, prior to reading this book.  Very underrated character, if you ask me.  Love him.

Bottom line, definitely read it...obviously.  You won't be disappointed.  I loved it completely,