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Jane Eyre has long been one of the most popular of all literary classics. It tells the moving and eventful story of Jane, an orphan entrusted to the care of her aunt by her dying uncle.
The aunt cares greatly for her own children, on whom she lavishes praise and attention, but dislikes Jane, whom she ignores and unfairly punishes.
Jane escapes by being sent to a strict Eva
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Hardcover, 650 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Collector's Library (first published October 16th 1847)
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Alex I like to think that her experience of hearing him calling to her was a kind of intuition - and that after learning more about herself away from Mr.…moreI like to think that her experience of hearing him calling to her was a kind of intuition - and that after learning more about herself away from Mr. Rochester, and after realizing that she could not go with St. John as his wife and be honest with her feelings, she was more in tune with her intuition. So that when she realized it was not her path to go with St. John, she realized that now she was strong enough to face Mr. Rochester, whether it was to tell him goodbye one last time or to try and make amends.

It's important to remember that she had no clue his wife was dead, no clue about the fire. I don't think she went back at all to pursue a relationship with him, only to acknowledge what was between them and see what was next for her in her life - whether that was something at Thornfield Hall or saying goodbye to that place forever.

Had Rochester's wife been alive, I think she would have seen Rochester one last time, and been able to say goodbye and put things behind her.

As it was, with him hurt the way he was, and with his love for Jane and understanding of how he hurt her and messed up, it was then possible for them to move forward together.

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Carm9n Bertha Mason, as Husam says. I recommend to read 'Wide Sargasso sea' to see the story from the other side, hers.
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Cristin
Dec 04, 2013 Cristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
I could bang Mr. Rochester like a screen door 'till next Tuesday. That's not all I got from this book, honestly...
Nataliya

Yes, I suppose you can view this book mostly as a love story. That's what I did at age 13 - but that's why I was left disappointed back then.



Or you can view this as an story of formation of a strong and independent female protagonist, a nineteenth-century feminist, light-years ahead of its time. And that's what left my now-closer-to-thirty-than-twenty self very satisfied and, quite frankly, rather impressed.²
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Vinaya
FIVE REASONS WHY JANE EYRE WOULD NEVER BE A BESTSELLER IN OUR TIMES:
5. Four hundred-odd pages of purely descriptive writing
4. Overt religious themes and moral preaching
3. A plain-Jane heroine who stays plain. No makeovers to reveal a hitherto hidden prettiness that only needed an application of hydrogen peroxide and some eyebrow plucking to emerge full-blown.
2. The world is not well-lost for love. In the war between self-respect and grand passion, principles win hands down. Rousing, yet tender s
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Bookworm Sean
Reader, I gave it five stars. Please let me tell you why.

Jane Eyre is the quintessential Victorian novel. It literally has everything that was typical of the period, but, unlike other novels, it has all the elements in one story. At the centre is the romance between Jane and Rochester, which is enhanced by gothic elements such as the uncanniness of the doppleganger and the spectre like qualities of Bertha. In addition, it is also a governess novel; these were an incredibly popular type of stor
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Ellen
Jun 29, 2010 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, novels
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…Oh course, Rush Limbaugh is nuts.

In December 2007, on a radio show with an audience of 14.5 million, Limbaugh asked this question about the former first lady's presidential prospects, after an incredibly unflattering picture of her had surfaced: "Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? I want you to understand that I'm talking about the evolution of American culture here, and not so m
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Cecily
Nov 15, 2015 Cecily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Child neglect, near death, a dash of magical realism, the power of love, the powerlessness of the poor, sexual rivalry, mystery, madness and more. It is as powerful as ever - but is it really a love story, given Rochester's Svengali-tendencies, or is it a life story? His downfall and her inheritance make them more equal, but is it really love on his part? I'm not sure, which is what makes it such a good book (just not necessarily a love story). I also like the tension between it being very Victo ...more
April
I think this may be my favourite book of all time.

Video Review -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8ys...

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 11. A book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
Grace Tjan
Now I know why Charlotte Bronte said this of Jane Austen: "The passions are perfectly unknown to her: she rejects even a speaking acquaintance with that stormy sisterhood". I love Jane, but Charlotte REALLY knows how to write about passion, romantic or otherwise. If Jane’s books are stately minuets in which the smallest gesture has its meaning, Charlotte’s is a spirited, sweeping tango of duty and desire. A perfect blend of passionate romance, gothic mystery, romantic description of nature, soci ...more
Samadrita
EDIT - 22/04/2015:- The following review was written in paroxysms of adoration which I no longer feel hence a star is being ducked. Now that I have read Wide Sargasso Sea and re-read Wuthering Heights, Rochester and Jane's attraction as characters of high morals has waned in my eyes. But until I write a more balanced critique of this, I refrain from disowning my first impressions.

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What do I write about you Jane? Words fall short when I try to.

Jane, you are so much a part of me as I am your
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Gabriella
Feb 22, 2008 Gabriella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephen
Oct 20, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 1800s
A CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH REVIEW: Hamlet vs. Jane Eyre!

Setting: A small town in the Old West. Sheriff Hamlet is relaxing out in front of the General Store.

Suddenly Polonius comes running down the middle of the dirt road at the center of town, waving his hands in the air, shouting "EVERYBODY RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!! JANE EYRE AND THE BRONTE POSSE IS COMING TO TOWN!!" The townspeople all scramble out of sight. Store owners pull the shades down. Sheriff Hamlet remains cucumber cool with his legs crossed
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Garima
Jul 17, 2013 Garima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-2-cents

Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them. - Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics?

There is no second or third or nineteenth time for me. This is the first time I have read Jane Eyre and this is the first time I’ve read anyone like her. Did I take forever to say ‘hello’ to Jane? Not at all! There couldn’t have been a more better timing since at present, my mind is in perfect harm
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
It seems silly to say that a book can affect you on a profound level. well I definitely believe in this power that a good book has. Jane Eyre is one of them. I cannot say that this was an easy book to read. But it was a book that I was very enriched by reading. Romance is a genre that is looked down on by many "sophisticated readers." Perhaps they would look down on Jane Eyre, but would probably get some eyebrows raised at them. Well Jane Eyre is the archetype for the romance novel. After having ...more
Rowena
Jul 20, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get the feeling that Jane Eyre may have ruined future English classics for me. I find it hard to imagine other classics topping this one. This was actually a book that I had no interest in reading because I had been underwhelmed by a Jane Eyre miniseries I watched several years ago. However, so many people have urged me to read this, saying it’s an excellent book, and they weren’t wrong.

Jane Eyre is definitely cut from a different cloth from the other classic novel heroines I have come across.
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s.penkevich
May 24, 2012 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, love
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
One would be hard pressed to find a stronger female character than Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. She is a staggering figure of feminist literature, rejecting, or rather, dismissing the notions of social class and many gender roles as she moves upward from her humble beginnings. I was floored by how incredibly enjoyable and poetic this novel was, and how
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Elyse
Apr 11, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading Jane Eyre! I couldn't remember ever seeing a movie...
and I seriously didn't know what was coming next at any time in the story.
I felt like a young girl might feel reading this book for the first time... "enchanted"!
At times...( only in the beginning)...I compared Jane to Mary Lennox from "Secret Garden".

I have one pet peeve: the undertone of Christianity....starting very early in the book. Helen, Jane's friend at the boarding school was trying to show Jane a bett
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Jen Campbell
Apr 18, 2016 Jen Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be uploading a video on Saturday chatting about Jane Eyre & all the imagery within etc :) www.youtube.com/jenvcampbell
Keep an eye out for a video going up on my channel next Monday, too; last week I went up to Leeds to film behind the scenes at Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre rehearsals and it was magical. I might have cried a little. Just a little. ;)
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics
*3.5*

I HAVE VERY MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS.

I really REALLY enjoyed the first half of the book, mainly because I love stories of orphans and/or boarding schools, so young Jane was somebody I enjoyed reading about. From a young age she was very headstrong and always stood up for herself and what she believed in, which she continued to do throughout the book. However, as the book went on, the pacing slowed down a lot (for me, anyway) and I found myself losing interest. The Victorian drama of peopl
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Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
4 stars!

Jane Eyre is a book I've been meaning to read for years, literally almost a decade and never have. I remember when I was in middle school my mother showed me the black and white movie and I loved it, and then I saw the 2011 movie and loved the story then as well.



My 2016 new year's resolution was to read a variety of genres and to read books I owned in paperback/hardcover that have been sitting on my shelves unread. Jane Eyre was next. In high school and college I read a lot of literatu
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I'm bumping Jane Eyre up to the full five stars on this reread. It has its Victorian melodramatic moments (horrible aunt! and cousins! (view spoiler)), but overall I found this story of a plain, obscure girl determined to maintain her self-respect, and do what she feels is right even in the face of pressure, profoundly moving. I'm a romantic, so yeah, that aspect totally sucked me in too. And it reall ...more
Manny
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Diane
Jane Eyre makes me want to be a better person. Her goodness, her humility, her frankness, her passion, her fierce will and her moral compass are all inspiring.

And yet, I also love her faults. Jane has a temper, she gets jealous, she fights back, and at times she is too obedient, especially when given orders by overbearing men.

What is it about this gothic novel that still makes it a compelling read more than 160 years after it was published? I first came to this story, as I suspect many have, thr
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karen
Oct 20, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: littry-fiction
well, i can do that, too.

CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH REVIEWS*
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HAMLET v. JANE EYRE


Setting: World Courts buildings, Den Haag, Netherlands; a closed-session hearing...

Judge: I have agreed to hear this case, but I must admit to both parties that we are in uncharted legal territory. Both parties must understand that I have very little administrative guidance with which to make a decision. This is a very public dispute, and the fate of a nation rests on my decision, so my decisio
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Madeline
If you like fantastically depressing subject matter that would make Dickens cry (think orphans, typhoid-infested boarding schools, and crazy people locked in attics) and an annoying protagonist who can't decided if she's independent or submissive, you'd probably like this book. I'll admit, I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story, but as soon as Jane figures out what's causing strange noises late at night and setting fire to Mr. Rochester's bed, the plot kind of goes down the toilet. The myster ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 15, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG 100 Favorite Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, 501 Must Read Books
What I really liked about this book was the fact that Charlotte Bronte challenged herself to rise above the usual romantic formula. The story followed the typical romance flow: boy meets girl, they separate, meet again but it is almost like a deadend... but love prevails, they wed and live happily ever after. However, Bronte defied the convention by making the lovers plain-looking especially the male protagonist, Rochester. Bronte even extended this by having a Gracean-looking (Greek handsome) S ...more
Ben
Sep 17, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually the book that made a reader out of me. I mean, I've always read books, But sometime in high school, I encountered Jane Eyre, and it just clicked. There was story here, and real people having real emotions. Now, I remember being deeply moved in grade school by Bridge to Terebithia. But those were emotions drawn in broad, child-like brushstrokes. Jane Eyre was the first book that made me think about the process of reading--and just as importantly, writing--as a human activity. T ...more
Vessey
I dedicate this review to my dear friend Jeffrey. Jeffrey, you are incredible and you should never, ever change. You are such an awesome friend and writer and always have been. Thank you, Jeffrey. :)

SPOILERS

Jane and Mr. Rochester

More than once I have come across criticism on Charlotte Bronte for fully failing to understand Jane Austen. Charlotte declares her incapable of passion. And while I cannot agree with this assessment, after my second reading of ‘Jane Eyre’ I do understand why someone lik
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Laz
Apr 12, 2015 Laz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classic lovers
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”


So, the story goes: Jane Eyre is alone in the world. No parents, only an uncle who took her in but then died and left her alone with her aunt and some other siblings who despise her and think her an imbecile and impertinent and later on send her away to live at Lowood School, a state school, where the conditions of housing are horrible and even worsen so when typhus strikes and Jane loses her only friend t
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skein
Apr 10, 2011 skein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, 2011
I don't think this is a 5-star book - I really, really don't - but oh, how I love it. Not because I love Jane (I do!) but because I lurve Charlotte Brontë. I love her blind spots, her hopes and her fears and her stubborn-as-a-pig morality that (despite Lowood and Helen Burns) isn't really apparent until the "oh! all is utterly lost - love, life, hope! I must flee to the moors to find succor!" bit.

It's the same FUCK YOU, WORLD. I'M BETTER THAN THIS SHIT mentality that all the Brontë sisters wrot
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Bram
May 26, 2010 Bram rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
What was once something I tossed off instinctively, an out-of-five star rating, has become a source of considerable consternation. I feel as if I need to qualify each rating with the not-too-fine print warning of: ‘this does not reflect my judgment of the literary worth of this novel; rather, it’s a simple reflection of how strongly I responded to the work as a whole.’ But isn’t this just what everyone does? I guess so. So maybe it isn’t necessary, and it’s just come to feel that way because I’v ...more
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Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. See also Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the fam
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