Author: Charlotte Bronte
Pages [paperback]: 525
Favorite Character: Helen Burns
Immediately recognized as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again.
One of the world’s most beloved novels, Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance, mystery, and suspense.
I was surprised to enjoy this book. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t dreadfully boring either. I was assigned to read this for school, but I probably would have ended up reading it anyway as I’m attempting to read the classics. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I picked it up out of my own free will.
Jane is a rather plain girl who isn’t very pretty but it clever and has a mind of her own. She falls for Mr. Rochester, who is later revealed to have a dreadful secret. The twists and turns of her life are fairly interesting, but until the last twenty or so pages I wasn’t really all that into it.
Jane Erye gets 3/5 stars. It was okay but I don’t think I’ll be re-reading it in the near future.