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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 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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Judy
May 23, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, literary, classic
After reading the first chapters of Jane Eyre, I was struck by how much JK Rowling borrowed from Charlotte Bronte's story of the orphaned child reluctantly taken in by her spiteful wealthy relatives. Jane's cousin John Reed is a dead ringer for Dudley (a spoiled, overweight bully), and when her Aunt Reed tells Jane how grateful she should be for all the family had done for her, it's the same speech Uncle Vernon made.

I also remember how much I liked Jane's feisty attitude, telling Mr. Brocklehur
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Ali
Jan 06, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In this my second month of re-reading I decided it was about time I caught up with my old friend Jane Eyre. We first became acquainted when I was very young, probably around eleven or twelve. I am now over forty, and in a strange way Jane has grown and aged with me. I am amused to wonder what I “got” from Jane Eyre –back when I was a seriously under achieving schoolgirl, the bare bones of the story no doubt and not much else. Yet Jane Eyre is a richly textured novel, which can be read on differe
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Ben Babcock
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Louise
4 Stars

A wonderful book, spoiled, in part, because I already knew the story. It’s (deservedly) a very famous book and the plot is one that is hard not to know, even if you’ve never read it. Normally this isn’t a problem for me, I read classics I know the story to or have seen on film/tv/stage all the time. The problem is that with this book, like The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or Rebecca, knowing the basic plot essentially robs you of the ‘aha!’ moment when the twist is revealed, and
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Britt
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June Helmsley
This book should come with a Cypress Hill CD because it punches every other classic romance novel in the taint!

First off, Jane Eyre is a badass and doesn't fucking care about you and your bitch ass problems. Second, Edward Rochester is pretty much a jerkwad but you still want to fuck him because you know he's damaged and shit. If I could I'd cast Henry Rollins as Rochester because he is so awesome I can't function, ever.

Jane grows up among assholes and keeps it real the whole way. She sticks out
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Artemis
This novel - the book that made me into a book lover - was given to me by my grandparents for Christmas in 2008. When I first read it, I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down. I was enchanted; left breathless by the time I reached the last page.

'Jane Eyre' is important and personal to me on many levels, not least because it is a very personal novel. Full of passion, anger, thought and love. It is my second favourite book to date, and one I'll keep coming back to in order to read it
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Jamie
Jul 03, 2009 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
I'd avoided Charlotte for years, perhaps because I held Emily's Wuthering Heights so close to my heart; perhaps because I had heard so much gushing over Jane Eyre that calls to mind, now that I think of it, Austenmania (meanwhile, I've also reconciled myself with Austen after a course on her last semester). In any case, an English major like myself had somehow managed to evade Miss Eyre and Rochester through high school, through college, and even through the first half of the summer after colleg ...more
Rita
Aug 31, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane vive com os tios desde que perdeu os seus pais. Mr. Reed, irmão da mãe de Jane, ao falecer, incute a esposa a tomar conta da sua sobrinha e a dar-lhe um futuro risonho. Contudo, as coisas acabam por se desenrolar de forma contrária ao que o tio poderia idealizar, pois o seu filho mais velho é hostil para com Jane, agredindo-a e ofendendo-a, sendo que a mulher não gosta igualmente de Jane, acabando por enviá-la para uma instituição de caridade. Ao ser tratada desta forma, Jane acaba por se t ...more
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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S.
To read "Jane Eyre" is to be Jane Eyre. And to be thankful that she has a disciplined heart, good sense, and a couple strokes of deserved good luck. I loved the plot, the drama, the characters, and the language, such as the now obsolete words and spellings like “to drear” as a verb, or “doat” for “dote.” Also the writing was wonderful, expansive but never too much, using description but always keeping to the plot. Take, for example, the typhoidal dew...

“That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was th
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Wanda
Jane Eyre kept me company on the plane, headed out on holiday and during a few days on the tour where I had a cold that laid me out, preventing any hiking or birding. She was a most acceptable companion. I haven't read this novel since I was in my twenties and, although I still love it, I now love it for entirely different reasons.

I adore Jane. I love how she perseveres through all kinds of hardships to build a life for herself of her own choice. Not an easy task in Victorian England, I'm thinki
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Evey
What can I say of this book? I love it and it's one of my all time favourites. So I start my review by recommending this book to any of you that still haven't read it and like Romance genre.

Plot
Jane Eyre lives with her uncle's family after their parents death. Her uncle dies not so long after and Mrs Reed has to take care of her as her husband commanded, even though she doesn't want Jane in her house, living with her children. Jane was, of course, mistreated by her aunt and by her cousins and ha
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Noe
Aug 12, 2015 Noe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Jane Eyre is an excellent story with great characters and is told by a master of the art. Each person that is introduced is brought out in marvelous clarity; even the minor characters in the book are seen as distinct individuals, not just impersonal voices who appear to say a line and then exit stage. Charlotte Bronte’s ability to express feelings and mood often approaches what would best be described as poetry. In addition to this, the conversations are unbelievably terrific. So often a writer ...more
Ebookwormy
Since Jane Eyre is a classic, a favorite to so many readers (particularly women, not surprising the men don't like a book without strong male characters!), I had to come up with something a little beyond my standard review... (Note: Mild Spoilers toward the end).

JANE EYRE: A review
i did not like it in my house,
i did not like it on my couch.

I did not like the morbid, gothic themes
I did not like the visions and dreams.

I did not like the weak dialogue
I did not like ramblings raising fog

I did not li
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Colleen
Yes, I'm reading this again...for the millionth time!

I'm not sure I can explain the hold this book has over me. It's my very favorite book. When I'm reading it, I do NOT want to be interrupted and I get mad when I have to put it down. As my day progresses, I become anxious to get back to it. And I don't want it to end but it always does. Thank goodness I can read it again. Jane is my very favorite character, EVER. She is the epitome of kick-ass female characters, and you know how much I love the
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Dini
Mar 11, 2008 Dini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dini by: The Rory Gilmore Book Club, Sarah
This is a classic I'm glad I didn't miss. Aptly subtitled "An Autobiography", it is a first hand account of the life story of a poor, plain orphan girl as she progresses from childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. Through the different periods of her life she proves herself as a brave, strong, outspoken, independent girl who never loses her sense of self-worth. The Gothic elements in the story fascinated me: the passionate romance between Jane and the brooding Mr. Rochester, a large old man ...more
Annalisa
Nov 08, 2007 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble relating to Mr. Rochester as a likable character. He was this selfish, male chauvinist, almost abusive man. When Jane found herself separated from him I was glad she had broken from his controlling nature and wished she would attach herself to a more reasonable man. But then I got to the end when he was wounded and vulnerable and I found myself not only rooting for him but finally getting him. He was a man with faults and a hidden power to love not easily shoveled out, and that onc ...more
Sissi
Super relecture !
J'avais peur d'être déçue compte tenu du souvenir merveilleux que je gardais de la lecture de Jane Eyre à 15 ans, mais je crois que j'ai encore plus apprécié le livre cette fois-ci.

L'histoire : après une enfance difficile, Jane Eyre, orpheline recueillie par sa tante puis envoyée en pension, trouve une place d'institutrice à Thornfield Hall, un château isolé dans la campagne anglaise. La nuit, elle est parfois réveillée par un rire étrange qui résonne dans les couloirs de pier
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Carol Brill
The last few weeks, I've been binge reading classics. It started when my KUYH book club read Wuthering Heights. Decided it was time to finally read Jane Eyer and Sense and Sensibility and WOW. What a cast of memorable characters. That and the strong sense of inequity in class status in all of these stories is so finely honed. The period appropriate wordy writing style challenged me. I appreciate the skill as a writer. It's not my preference as a reader.
Jillian
The third read is the best read so far! Jane trying not to be colonized, Bertha as the epitome of the colonized spirit, Rochester who I can't help finding utterly adorable -- I want to hug him and tease him & kiss him on the cheek, even though he is very naughty to the extreme -- St. John who is sinful and saintly simultaneously, and directly opposes the Rochester extreme yet somehow also tries to colonize Jane, & how Brocklehurst and John Reed try to colonize Jane, and the talk of harem ...more
Janie
This was THE BOOK for me. I had spent a pre-university education reading (and sometimes not reading) classics because they were required. Finally, in my senior year, we were invited to choose a great work of literature as our big project in AP English. I chose Jane because its an awesome name to have.

Reading it was the first time I've ever really loved a work of classic literature. Jane and Helen, Jane and Rochester, Jane and God, Jane and Herself. These were all relationships that were powerful
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Sera
Feb 13, 2008 Sera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that it's important to read this book in the context of the time in which Bronte wrote it, which is why I gave it 5 stars. The writing is exceptional, the descriptions exquisite, and Bronte wrote a pretty good darn story, too. The book is an autobiography of Jane Eyre, which takes her from a young girl to a young adult. It is filled with twists and turns, that at least, I found to be unexpected, but I think that what makes this book a true classic is the refreshing take on the feelings a ...more
whichwaydidshego?
Sep 03, 2007 whichwaydidshego? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this book for the journey. It takes you down a great path, & precisely when you think you know the direction it is heading, you come to a hairpin turn & it take you in a completely different direction. Just when you feel you are getting your bearings, it again makes and abrupt turn. After a while you quit expecting & follow the winding path without question, simply fascinated by the journey & where it will lead. What is so satisfying is that at the conclusion of this invol ...more
J.M.
Mar 02, 2016 J.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anglophiles
"'Human beings never enjoy complete happiness in this world...'"

Elegant, clear prose. What's not to like? When it comes to a classic such as this, I feel as though everything pertinent has already been said, so I'll just add a few minor, nitpicky things. Am I the only one who noticed that there was a bit of confusion on reflexive / objective pronouns? "In order to relax me, I..." "Why don't you go ask himself?" Also, maybe unsurprisingly, it gets a little God-heavy at times. A minor quibble. Alt
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Liam
Aug 29, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 Stars*
Phew! That was one hell of a (really long) roller coaster. I'm trying to think critically about this book but really I'm just swept away in it all at the moment. I love almost all the characters to death and I don't want the story to end because of how much I was attached to them. And the romance and the Mr Rochester and the mystery of the house, all of it was just spectacular.
Really, the only reason this is brought down a bit is because I wanted a little bit more romantic tension d
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Dawayr
Aug 27, 2012 Dawayr marked it as كتاب_مفتوح  ·  review of another edition
اليتيمة (جاين إير) التي تنشأ في بيت خالها (ريد) وتعاني من القهر العاطفي والجسدي من قِبل زوجة خالها وابنه الكبير، لتنتقل بعدها إلى مدرسة داخلية للأيتام و مزيد من التعسف في التعامل معها ومع رفيقاتها اليتيمات، وسط كل هذا تنشأ (جاين) بشخصية قوية، صلبة، وكرامة لا تقبل أيm إهانات..
داخل هذا الغلاف الصلب تكمن روح حساسة رقيقة تبحث عن الرومانسية والحب حتى تلتقي ومخدومها (إدوارد روتشيستر) والذي تعمل في منزله كمدرسة خاصة لطفلة صغيرة في رعايته، (روتشيستر) بغموضه وصلابته وقسوة شخصيته أحيانًا. هل حقًا شخصيته ك
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Nina
This is one of those classics I never thought I could enjoy and actually ended up loving wholeheartedly.
It's witty and powerfully yet sensibly romantic and beautifully written (as overused as those adjectives may sound), and even though it might not be fast-paced enough for some people, I felt that the story flowed smoothly and never loosened its grip on me. The character and relationship development are the stuff of dreams and probably the reason why this is a classic, so I really don't think I
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Melissa Jackson
Mar 04, 2011 Melissa Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. Between my friends and I, we are always trying to compare and pick which Bronte is our fav., and it always comes down to Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I think I have to pick Jane. My undiminished and beautifully despairing Heathcliff aside, Jane Eyre is perfect. At least for me, it is the perfect book. I started reading it after dinner one night and stayed up until four in the morning finishing it. The book itself is somewhat slow, but impossible to put ...more
Sydney Edwards
Jan 02, 2014 Sydney Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Eyre book review

This book is a love story about a girl living in Victorian England and her touching journey through life. Jane Eyre, the protagonist in this novel, journeys from her miserable childhood and into her happy young adulthood.

Jane Eyre is a sweet and riveting novel. When reading this book it becomes alive. I mourned as she suffered and celebrated as she found love and happiness. On the whole, I loved this book. It is a must read.
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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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