Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester.
Published: New York : Vintage Classics, 2009.
Edition: 1st Vintage Classics ed.
ISBN: 0307744221
Branch Call Number: F BRO
Characteristics: 284 p. ;,21 cm.


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Poor and plain, but strong-willed and intelligent, young Jane Eyre’s life changes when she takes work as a governess for the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester.

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Dec 30, 2014
  • karatemaster rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jane Eyre is definitely a classic! the characters are developed and the story was well written. Amazing book!

Dec 01, 2014
  • dbrh852 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a re-read for me...for about the sixth time in my life. It was wonderful to learn that I still love it after all these years!

Jane Eyre was a great read. Lately I found had myself reading books consisting solely of romance, with the woman having little or no plot outside her relationship with the guy. It was time for me to read something with a strong, confident, independent woman and this 19th century classic fit the bill. Jane Eyre is an orphan growing up with her aunt and their terrible kids, her childhood was pretty miserable, considering that they never considered Jane as an equal- let alone family. Jane grows up and becomes a governess, teaching a young French girl Adele in a beautiful big house. While working she falls in love with her master, Mr. Rochester, a quiet man who has many mysteries. But Jane can’t help but notice all the weird things going on, the eerie laughter the echoes through the halls, or how people get attacked at night. This is a love story, but it is also much more than that. Jane learns how to be comfortable in her own skin, and that her relationship with another individual is not going to define her. Jane is described as “plain and poor” but Bronte’s readers looked past the external, and we saw who Jane really was. A woman. A real woman, ready to make her own experiences and better her own life through hard work and not just by accepting a marriage proposal. Jane learns how to defy the social stereotypes of “what it means to be a woman” by really trying to be the best version of herself. Sure, everyone wants a great romance, and this book definitely has one but what sticks with me the most- and I think a lot of others as well, is that Jane Eyre shows woman that it’s okay to not be in love. That we are individuals, with our own stories to tell.

Sep 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time - unique because the heroine is NOT PRETTY! I love how Jane, throughout her whole life, has to be strong and learn to stand on her own -- even if it means giving up what she loves most. You will cheer for Jane.

Jul 27, 2014
  • chihi63 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While practicing for the SATs, I came across passages from "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." Because of these passages, I decided to read the books when I had the time to. Although "Wuthering Heights" was a bit disappointing, "Jane Eyre" was an amazing read. I think I prefer Emily's writing style to Charlotte's, but it became easier to read as I progressed through the book. The beginning was a bit slow, and I wanted to give up on some of the conversations, but it was worth it to trudge through. I couldn't believe the middle of the book was actually just the middle, because Emily could have easily just ended it right there. However, she threw in several rather unexpected events, and in some ways, I felt it made the book better than it could have been. It was more amusing towards the end anyway. I would definitely read the book a second time. Maybe during my second reading, the beginning will be less tedious, since I'm more familiar with the characters, and their actions might make more sense. Please read the book!! It really does deserve to be called classic literature (as of now, it's probably my favorite)!

May 05, 2014
  • modelmalina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to read. It's a classic that can be read over and over again. It is full of mystery, love and other emontions. You will not be able to get enough of it.

Nov 02, 2013
  • nontechmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a perfect novel. I've enjoyed it even better the second time I've read it.

I love this book!! It was a little boring at first but worth getting through! :D

Jun 14, 2013
  • JennyX rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this for English class during the school year. We started it around December 2012 and finished it around March 2013. Suffice to say, an already tedious and large volume was dragged out. My personal opinion on this book is that the plot is well constructed, but the excessive details are unnecessary. I understand that descriptions can add beauty, but in this case, it was overdone. The feminist undertones were also a bit overwhelming; Jane Eyre slightly reminds me of Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson's famous Millenium Series. In both novels, the main female protagonist is portrayed as overly independent in an attempt to portray feminism. However, I must say that Bronte did a great job in conveying Jane's thoughts to the reader. I was always able to understand why Jane did such actions because I could put myself in Jane's shoes. I recommend this book only because it is a classic, and you cannot call yourself educated unless you have endured this book.

Jun 09, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t heard of the story of plain and penniless Jane Eyre—orphaned at an early age, mistreated by cruel relatives, banished to an austere boarding school, and hired to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, home of the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester. Jane encounters hardships and heartbreak and even things that go bump in the night, but it’s Jane’s indomitable spirit, her quiet dignity, her sense of justice, her quest for equality, and her yearning for a balance between freedom and love that resonate with readers and make her the enduring literary heroine she is today. There’s a reason this classic Victorian novel has spawned countless film and literary adaptations.

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Dec 31, 2013
  • Purplekat7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Reader, I married him."

Sep 24, 2012
  • Maggie_Rose520 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest--blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in chatacter--perfect concord is the result."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on morals:

"I care for myself....Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on experience:

"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have- your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on feminism:

"Women are suppose to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making pudding and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex."

Jul 16, 2012
  • re_discover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlotte Bronte on hate:

"It is not violence that best overcomes hate- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury....Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."

Apr 25, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Remorse is the poison of life."


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Jun 05, 2014
  • green_llama_52 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Rochester guards a deep and dark secret...

A poor orphan cared for by an abusive Aunt grows up to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, an estate owned by the wealthy Edward Rochester. There she falls in love with Edward only to discover that he is already married to a madwoman.


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