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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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really liked it

This was one of the classics that I did not get around to reading in high school or college.

The story begins with Jane, an orphan girl in the care of wealthy relatives, a situation where she is subject to resentment and bullying. She is sent away to school, where she gains the confidence to seek her place in the world, and eventually finds herself as the governess of a the young ward of a wealthy man harboring some dark secrets.

The resulting story blends romance and tragedy as if follows Jane and those close to her through a series of highly unlikely coincidences, a couple of marriage proposals, a near-wedding, several deaths, and varying levels of either rags or riches.

The characters are great. Jane's strength and resolution shine through, and the supporting characters are complex and fascinating. Bronte's descriptions are vivid and spectacular. There are some nice moments of humor, and a small touch of the supernatural, which help give the story its flavor.

The plot does rely awfully heavily on contrivance, although this is fairly typical for the time period and genre.

I should also add a word about this particular edition. This is a beautiful volume, and Kathy Mitchell's interior illustrations are lovely. In addition to being a classic of English literature, this edition is a handsome addition to the bookshelf.
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Reading Progress

July 1, 2016 – Shelved
July 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 7, 2016 – Started Reading
January 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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