Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Book Details
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Paperback, 624 pages
2009, Vintage
ISBN: 030745519X

Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again.

Jane Eyre was long, wordy and old. It was a recipe for instant dislike. While I didn't love the book, I certainly enjoyed it. The character of Jane Eyre was upstanding and brave. She showcased many qualities women strive for and find hard to reach even today. Mr. Rochester was both off-putting and strangely likable at times. The mixture of drama, romance and a bit of mystery was engaging. While I often put the book down, I never once thought of not finishing it. A deserved classic.



  1. I'm so glad you reviewed this book! I have been meaning to read it for a long time. Glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. I've got this book on my TBR pile--I'm challenging myself to read more classic lit in the coming year.

  3. Great Review! Sounds really good!:)

  4. I simply must sit down and read this some day. Good honest review.

  5. I read Jane Eyre earlier this year, and like you I pretty much just expected it to be long and old. And while it was definitely long, I was surprised with how much I loved it. So much so that I can't wait to re-read it :)

    I'm glad you liked it, too!