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Preview — Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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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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.
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
(view spoiler)[The guy kept his wife in the attic. Seriously - no. Just no. You don't ge...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
…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
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 ...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
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
Jane Eyre is definitely cut from a different cloth from the other classic novel heroines I have come across. ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
“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 ...more
It's the same FUCK YOU, WORLD. I'M BETTER THAN THIS SHIT mentality that all the Brontë sisters wrot ...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
“Thang yew, thang yew, lads, this next fight is an elimination bout, three falls, ...more
Coming to a Goodreads near you May 15, 2015.
This is not my full review, this is just the story (in a play like form) of why I DNF'd this when I was 16. I decided on a condensed version of the truth, in case you are wondering, Kristin & Heather.
Stage setting: no lighting. Cue music: ‘Something I can never have’ by Nine Inch Nails begins to play softly.
Fighting is heard f ...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