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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  983,542 ratings  ·  24,261 reviews
Charlotte Bronte's impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847, under the pseudonym of Currer Bell, the book heralded a new kind of heroine—one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Gramercy (first published 1847)
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Madalina Have you seen the 2011 one? It's an unorthodox adaptation, true, but it might be the only one to take into account that 'Jane Eyre' is a Gothic novel,…moreHave you seen the 2011 one? It's an unorthodox adaptation, true, but it might be the only one to take into account that 'Jane Eyre' is a Gothic novel, not only a romance - not to mention it has a beautiful soundtrack.(less)
Anisha Because she loved him like she loved no other and also mainly because she was worried as she didn't know anything about his whereabouts and well-being…moreBecause she loved him like she loved no other and also mainly because she was worried as she didn't know anything about his whereabouts and well-being which kept her perturbed. (less)
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Nick
Probably no nineteenth century novel inspired more twentieth century retellings than “Jane Eyre”. Aside having the limelight shifted from her by Sandra Gilbert’s and Susan Gobar’s “Madwoman in the Attic”, Jane has been taken to Monte Carlo (“Rebecca”, Daphne Du Maurier’s novel and Hitchcock’s film, in which the first wife is dead and the housekeeper takes on the role of mad villainess) and to the first wife’s native Indies (Val Lewton’s truly spooky “I Walked with a Zombie”). Jean Rhys’ "Wide Sa ...more
Undrakh Ganzorig
Delicate , fascinating , breathtaking, and beautiful :) Ready to tell every nice word I know if someone asks about my opinions of 'Jane Eyre'. This masterpiece will lead you through the life of Jane in amazingly vivid images of struggle for life , deep secrets, and endurance of true love. Jane Eyre is not just a simple 'love story', it can remind readers of the beauty of mind.
Both Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen are great writers whose works are universally accepted and admired. I love readin
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Grace
Somehow, I managed to convince myself I'd read "Jane Eyre" when I never had. Unbelievable. I think I took the tone of all the Austen I've read and blended it with the storyline I knew from the "Jane Eyre" adaptations and decided I must have read it. I hadn't.

This book is wonderful. Wonderful! I had no idea that Jane had such a vivid internal life - if you watch the adaptations you might think Jane is bland and plain and easily bossed around by Rochester, but she's not! She's got such a way of th
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Elise
I'm on page 202 of 682 of Jane Eyre, and I admit defeat. I am giving up so that I don't die of boredom. People whose opinions I respect love this book, which is why I read past 50 pages, and I apologize to them for giving up, but every time I try to read this, I fall fast asleep. It took me two days to get past pp. 150-160--a bad sign for someone like me who is a fast reader. And right now I am on chapter 14, where I will not go further. I am on Christmas break. I deserve a better book. And if c ...more
Nikhilesh
Wonderful way to get really close with the author and the context of the book. I admired the book and reading Adrienne Rich and Sandra Gilbert essays, the letters and contemporary reviews from the Quarterly Review just made me appreciate the book even more. Its great way get more out of the story.
Adrienne Rich is very good in her essay, she is particularly feisty repudiating Woolf's take on the book, which really made me laugh. One important distinction, Adrienne makes without explaining - she c
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Bonnie
I was a teenager the first time I read Jane Eyre and for a self conscious, bookish, band geek, she became my hero. It’s said that Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre to prove that a heroine doesn’t need to be rich or beautiful to be interesting. What she gave us with Jane Eyre is an unforgettable, timeless heroine who at the same time is passionate but modest, opinionated but level headed. She values such things as education, honesty and integrity. She believes in God which gives her an understandi ...more
David Sarkies
Apr 06, 2012 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like real romance
Recommended to David by: Adelaide University English Department
Shelves: romance
Once again I am likely to get trashed for not giving a hugely high rating a what many people consider to be a work of literature. Okay, I will not deny that it is literature, but it is not exactly the type of book that I would read by choice. This book would be considered a part of the Romantic period during the 19th century which saw the rise of the novel as a form of literature. Once again it is not the first, nor was it one of the earlier ones that spurned the movement, that honour goes to J ...more
Snorkle
Orphaned almost at birth and sent off to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Jane Eyre has a rocky childhood marred with the fact that her Aunt will never accept Jane as anything but a burden. Jane's future only begins to brighten when she gets sent off to boarding school, where, even though the conditions aren't ideal, at least Jane is learning. At the ripe age of 18, Jane decides to become a governess and advertises in the paper. Little does Jane know what she is getting into when she accepts a posi ...more
John
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Just thinking about this book throws me into a fits of swoons and giggles and torment. It’s the best book ever. It’s completely out-of-control crazy and wild and psycho and lovable. If a friend of mine was going to write a book with the same plot, I would slap her and throw a glass of water in her face. And yet somehow, Charlotte Bronte did a magical, supernatural job with “Jane Eyre”. Where do I even begin? My heart increases 10 sizes every time I think about it.

The first time I picked up “Jane
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Nahla
A really good read.. With all the deep and strong passion in it reminding me of Wuthering Heights a bit.. Loved the gothic element in it as well the very detailed amusing details of the characters with all the features, movements, getures and all .. gave a vivid image of the each character and its thoughts..Bronte is very skilled in capturing every single feeling or thought with great depth, totally engaging you in the feeling and the reality of it.

Character of Jane Eyre is drawn beautifully, s
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Devlin Scott
This is a brilliant classic, one you must read for yourself. She paints with words better than any master artist. I offer my thoughts as I read this great and timeless novel:

Chapter 20: "...and the two dowagers, in vast white wrappers, were bearing down on him like ships in full sail." I love this line.
— Nov 05, 2011 03:30am

I've just added a few Bronte titles to my kindle for my future enjoyment: The Professor; Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell; Villette; How Freckle Frog Made Herself Pret
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Tracey
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more
Emlyn Chand
Preview…Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” is without-a-doubt my favorite novel. From little Jane’s being locked-up in the scary red room at the beginning of the story all the way until her much anticipated coupling with a maimed Rochester, the plot of this classic novel is simply enchanting.

Jane Eyre is a plain-looking orphan with a fiery spirit. She is being raised along side her three cousins under the watch of a cruel aunt who despises her. When Jane tries to stand up for herself, she is shipped
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Ben Babcock
A thoroughly enjoyable book. It's easy to become disenchanted with Victorian literature, mostly because that culture is so far removed from our own. Jane Eyre is more refined than Pride and Prejudice (which I found only tolerable). Fortunately, Charlotte Brontë is a superior writer to Jane Austen, and Jane Eyre is a great novel in its own right.

The eponymous heroine is likable. She tends toward the melodramatic when speaking of her struggles, and at times I grew impatient with her, but that's on
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Poet Gentleness
May 21, 2014 Poet Gentleness rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics
Recommended to Poet Gentleness by: Brown Institute
We’ve things to face and deconstructions on this 19th century Bildungsroman female story by Charlote Brontë. It’s not one of those domestic romance, but one that conveys unhinged relationships and needed forking paths to reach its final.

Jane Eyre is an educated, polite woman, that makes her path through life as almost a man, criticized for refusing to be against what’s supposed to do as she’s a poor relation in a family, has very little cultural capital. She should be a governess and that’s it.
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Rusalka
I got given Jane Eyre many years ago. Much to my mother’s distaste. In fact I mentioned to her the other day I was reading it and she groaned. And flopped over. And continued groaning and stooping lower and lower until her arms where dragging on the floor while she trudged around the kitchen at an incredibly slow and thumping rate.

If you think I’m prone to overreaction and drama, you should meet my Mum.

It then emerged that she couldn’t quite remember reading it as she ran around the house warbli
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melmarian
“Aku tak pernah berniat mencintainya, pembaca tahu aku sudah berjuang keras untuk mencabut benih-benih cinta di dalam jiwaku, tapi sekarang, saat aku melihatnya lagi, benih-benih itu langsung bertumbuh, hijau dan kuat! Dia membuatku mencintainya tanpa memandangku.”
- Jane Eyre


Apa yang anda harapkan dari sebuah novel roman? Tokoh-tokoh utama yang ganteng dan cantik, cinta menggebu-gebu yang terhalang, namun pada akhirnya tinggal landas dalam akhir bahagia dimana sang pangeran datang menjemput sa
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Elaine
I loved Jane's spiritedness and Rochester's elaborate methods of teasing her. I loved the intricate side plots and sublots (Lowood School; Grace Poole and Bertha; little Adele; St. John and his sisters). The quirks and fallibilities of the clergy were extremely amusing. But the conclusion of the story left a bad taste in my mouth. For one, it suggests that Rochester was doomed to divine punishment until he would relent and put his faith in God; once he did so, he was somewhat rewarded with Jane, ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
Am I a Jane Eyre fanatic? I think to say that Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time is a mild understatement.I own several editions( one which was stolen when I was in New York having a great Mexican and margarita dinner in the Bowery, but that is another story)I have seen most, if not all versions of the movies and I have read it so many times that I can tell you what Pilot smells like.

But my proudest boast is actually something that I offer humbly to the late Charlotte Bronte, a bo
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Kathleen
I have read this classic gothic romance several times, and recently listened to a simply smashing audio (details below). Charlotte Brontë created something that has endured, yes?

Jane Eyre. With feminist inclinations years before her time (1847), the unglamorous and unloved orphan develops into a small but courageous and strong-minded woman, a budding spiritualist, an individual, and an enlightened educator.

Loved seeing her spine solidify, her mettle manifest. She becomes self-reliant, self-cont
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Jennifer
When I first read this book in high school, I totally fell in love with Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre was someone I could relate to well. Being plain on the outside (though I actually could never believe she was that plain. I was sure she would have been pretty had she grown up in a wealthy family and had more expensive taste, but that's just my inner desire to feel the same way about myself coming through), and passionate on the inside, yet with a conviction of what is right and wrong. Their romance ...more
Nicole
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SummerBlue
NOTE: I wrote this review AGES AGO so the grammar/spelling/structure of my arguments are God awful, so please do forgive its many faults.
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ATTENTION, READER READ THIS FIRST: Lemme just say i HATE Jane Eyre and that this is a review/rant that focuses on everything i hate about this book so if your a fan of Jane Eyre then why the hell are you reading a 1 star review? But if you are a fan and are looking for a laugh and have an open mind, read on.

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Ana T.
Jane Eyre is my final book for the Victorian Challenge. I know I read this book in my teens but my memory was fuzzy at best and I must say that if not for the 2006 TV adaptation I probably wouldn't have been compelled to reread it.

It is interesting to read about Jane from childhood, she makes a compelling heroine even when she is a child. She is so focused and so serious in her views and descriptions that we can't help but to want to know more. I have to say though that the book really comes ali
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Joshua
"Jane Eyre" is my favorite book.

The last time I read this was in high school. I remember loving it, calling it my favorite book even back then, when I couldn't have understood half the language, and even less of the complicated emotions and character studies. Now 16 years later, I was finally led back to this book, having forgotten all but the bare essentials of the plot and a darker overall tone than the stories from that "other" famous romantic author, Jane Austen. Having recently discovered
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Anna Aguirre
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Julie
Aug 14, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans, Twilight fans
Recommended to Julie by: Half my GoodReads friends list, plus Mom and Dad
Believe it or not, this was my first time reading Jane Eyre. I just never got around to it, and my parents had both read it and disliked it; since we generally have similar tastes, I didn't take this as a good sign. [ETA: My mom says she didn't really dislike it that much; it's just been years and years since she read it.]

I re-read Wuthering Heights a little while back, and given the complete turnaround in my feelings toward that book, I figured it was time to give Jane Eyre a try. I found a rea
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Patrizia O
Se penso a Jane Eyre, al sento come una cara vecchia amica con cui ho condiviso una parte della mia vita, dall’asilo sino ad ora. Un’amica con cui, mi piace pensare, mi incontro di tanto in tanto in un piccolo pub in centro per la gioia di vederci e poterci sfogare. E mentre l’ascolto, mi trovo ad annuire perché molte delle emozioni che mi comunica le ho vissute anche io e quindi riesco a capirla benissimo. Questo non vuol dire che sia sempre d’accordo (proprio come accade tra i veri amici) o ch
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J.
'Jane Eyre' is a Gothic romance about passion and endurance. Our heroine lacks wealth, social standing but not education. We are introduced to different kinds of love ; passionate, dutiful and familial love. This is a story of hunger for love.

There are obvious parallels between Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte. The Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne begin writing as children. They live at Haworth Parsonage on the Yorkshire Moor. She was motherless. Their father was a great story teller. Char
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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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