Many novels have traced "the history of a young woman's heart," but never better than the original. The favorite book of many readers and still one of the bestselling classic novels of all time, Jane Eyre continues to enthrall readers young and old. Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816 and died in 1855. Her most famous book was published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bel...more
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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 then¹.
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
¹(view spoiler)[The guy kept his wife in the attic. Seriously - no. Just no. You don't...more
…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...more
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...more
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...more
Jane, you are so much a part of me as I am yours.
You are so much a part of women who lived in obscurity centuries before Brontë breathed life into you.
You are so much a part of women who are alive at present and so much a part of women yet to be born.
You are so much a collective chorus of voices than just a single one.
You are so much an inexorable force which builds up in intensity over the course of the narrative.
You are so much...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Jane Eyre is definitely cut from a different cloth from the other classic novel heroines I have come across....more
I commenced reading this novel with the idea that I had read this before fixed in my mind. It is in my nature to re-read books, so I thought nothing of opening the pages and immersing myself in the flow of the story.
Imagine my surprise, Reader, when I quickly discerned that I had not, as I previously imagined, been acquainted with the characters that adorned the pages. I was at a lost on how my memory had failed me, but I quickly rallied and applied myself to the task at hand.
My enjoyment of the...more
Oh, that fear of his self-abandonment—far worse than my abandonment—h...more
It's the same FUCK YOU, WORLD. I'M BETTER THAN THIS SHIT mentality that all the Brontë sisters wrot...more
“Thang yew, thang yew, lads, this next fight is an elimination bout, three falls,...more
Life is too cruel and dark for Jane Eyre, she is a girl with great opinion, pretty and a typical girl who...more
By no means am I saying this is a terrible piece of work. Charlotte Brontë sets scenes and moods (she's all too good at the moods!) like nobody's business. One need onl...more
I've been making fun of Victorian literature for so long, I'd completely forgotten that I'd never actually read any. Being in China was the worst, where young women currently derive 98% of their impressions of female Western culture from Jane Austen novels, and are subsequently using slang and household vocabulary from the 18th and 19th centuries, with romantic notions to match. "Teacher, I cannot come to class because I have chilblains and ague; oh, I suffer so." And then th...more
Independent orphaned teenager seeks ill-tempered, unattractive landowner for theatrical squabbles and ice-cold nature walks. Must treat me with haughty contempt at first, then wily condescension, then try to marry me despite having a mad West Indian wife locked up in the attic. Must speak in long over-the-top soliloquies and be prone to exaggerated exclamations of love. Must have a French daughter from a previous mistress whom he treats with disdain and can’t wait to...more
All you need to know about as to why you should read this book is at the top (or well.. technically the bottom) of this list.
The Long Review.
I’m going to review this book in comparison to another. And I’m probably going to do both of these books a disservice. Because they aren’t anything like each other… but to me, they come together.
After I had been told I HAD to read Wuthering Heights by one of my best friends, I bought a copy and read it during a 5 hour car journey form Edin...more
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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...more