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Jane Eyre (Enriched Classics)
Jane Eyre - Enriched Classics
Author: Charlotte Bronte
PBS Market Price: $6.59 or $2.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9781416500247
ISBN-10: 1416500243
Publication Date: 4/26/2005
Pages: 624
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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If you haven't read this classic, do. It is the heartwrenching story of an orphaned girl who perseveres despite obstacle after obstacle thrown her way. Her strong, unyielding spirit and innate purity are what makes her one of the best characters in all of literature. Mr. Rochester is not to be missed, either - he'll evoke a strong emotion from you, one way or the other. Highly recommended.
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I've read many romance novels, new and old, and this is THE most heart wrenching love story that I have ever read. I used to think that this and Pride and Prejudice were tied, but, over time and a few more readings, I must say that Jane Eyre trumps P&P!
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Since its publication in 1847 "Jane Eyre" has never ceased to be one of the most widely read of English novels. Transmuted by the rare Bronte imagination, the romance of Jane and Rochester takes on a strange and unforgettable atmosphere that lifts it above the level of mere melodrama. But Charlotte Bronte intended more. She portrayed the refusal of a spirited and intelligent woman to accept her appointed place in society with unusual frankness and with a passionate sense of the dignity and needs of her sex. Q. D. Leavis's introduction brings out the revolutionary qualities of the book and its author's creation of something that would 'be true to the experience of the whole woman and...convey a sense of life's springs and undercurrents.'
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The highest praise for a book is when you turn the last page and immediately want to go back and read it again. Jane Eyre was that sort of book for me. It's not a large volume, I imagine few books published back then were, but it has everything that I enjoy: it has a strong, intelligent heroine who's not afraid to speak her mind, adventure, romance, mystery and a happy ending. It is written in such a way that wherever the heroine is you feel like you're right there with her, experiencing what she is experiencing, the plot developments are never contrived and flow naturally and the ending, while happy, isn't so happy that it seems unrealistic and fake.
It is my all-time favourite book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes an unhurried narrative without gratuitous drama and enjoys historical fiction.
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I've finally finished, and oh what a journey it has been! Having read Wuthering Heights, the only novel of Charlotte's sister Emily, I embarked on my journey with Jane, encouraged by the raves of some friends and teachers (and the bookstore clerk who rang up my purchase!). I was moved to tears a few times, and I came to know Jane like an old friend. Indeed, Ms. Bronte spares the reader nothing, and the book is immersed in Jane's thoughts and emotions. The passion between Rochester and Jane is quite interesting (and oh, how I loved Rochester despite his faults!) Highly recommended. I must read it again.
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Editions of Jane Eyre are a dime a dozen, but this Norton Critical Edition is valuable for its modern essays by literary critics. While just slightly out of date because it includes few essays from the last 30 years, it is still a worthwhile reference---very thought-provoking.
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Charlotte Brontes impassioned novel is the lover story of Jane Eyre,and her employer,Mr. Rochester. Written in 1847, if you like historical fiction about class struggle, this is a classic.
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A governess and a brooding stranger. Stormy,
intense and passionate.
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great story, nice format
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OMG, This was the best book I've read in some time! This is a gothic romance from british author, Charlotte Bronte. Its got thrills and twists and turns and the requisite love story and crazy people doing crazy things. This is an all around great book to read, and not at all stuffy and dry like other period literature can be. I heartily recommend giving this book a go. You will not be disappointed!
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Our 17 year old daughter watched the PBS version of Jane Eyre recently upon our recommendation, and loved it. She asked for the book. I was worried about the old time language, but she said she enjoyed the book a lot.
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After a childhood of hardship, 18-year-old Jane Eyre sets out in hopes of beginning her life anew. Her position as a governess to a young french girl proves to be just that as she slowly comes to know her student's ward, the often harsh Mr. Rochester, master of Thornfield Hall. Determined to know his true person, Jane discovers that he is not the man he first made himself out to be.

Love blossoms, and Jane is sure she is the happiest woman to ever tread the world. However, just as she is about to say 'I do', their wedding is suddenly interupted by a dark secret Mr. Rochester had tried to keep hidden for nearly 12 years.

The secret prevents their marriage, and Jane leaves Thornfield Hall. Penniless, Jane wanders until she is found by a clergyman and his two sisters who take her in. But Jane cannot forget her beloved Mr. Rochester.
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The thrilling story of mystery, betrayal and love.

Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr. Rochester's house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them -- untilshe learns the terrible secret of the attic.
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This is one of my top three favorite books of all time. I read Jane Eyre at least once a year. If I had to pick one favorite love story, it would be Jane Eyre. The emotional drama of this 19th century book is unparalleled. The hero and heroine have such an intense, all-consuming love for each other. Neither one is particularly good looking so their love is not based so much on physical appearance as much as a meeting of the minds. Jane Eyre is the type of woman I like in fiction - bright, independent, and moral. In some ways, she really is the first fictional feminist. She's willing to stand up for herself and her values even at great personal cost. The hero, Mr. Rochester, will make you fall in love with him. He's absolutely passionate. He's really the archetype for the tortured, engimatic, brooding heroes you find in modern stories. You can't read his passionate declarations to Jane without being moved.

If you haven't read this book, you should. It's a classic in literature.
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A classic. Very good read. A page turner.
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Genre: Classic

I chose to read this book for a couple of reasons. I had never read this book before, but I had heard a lot of people talking about it and figured it was probably something I should read. Coming into this, I had no idea what to expect from this book, I hadnt read a classic in awhile and I didnt know what it was about. I chose to have this in audio book because I have a long drive to and from work and it would not interrupt my normal reading schedule.

This being an audio book I think that the choice of narrator is very important as to how enjoyable the experience is. I have heard some awful narrators and it can really ruin the story. The narrator for the version I listened to was Joanna David and she was a phenomenal narrator. First of all she was British, which was very appropriate because the book was set in England and made it more believable and felt like Jane was actually narrating her story. She was also very amazing at evoking the emotions of the characters. It really felt like I was listening to a play and helped me enjoy my ride.

Now on to discussing the actual book. I really, really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it in a different way than I have enjoyed other books I have reviewed recently. This story begins with a young Jane Eyre living with the family of an aunt who really doesnt treat her like family. She is eventually sent away to a boarding school and then takes up the role of governess for a Mr. Rochester. This is when the story really starts to pick up. There is romance, secret desire, heartbreak, a little bit of a mystery, sadness, and then a happy endingwhich we all enjoy. There were times when I cried and times when I yelled at Jane for making a dumb decision such as leaving her post of governess.

There really were only two main characters in this story: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. I really went back and forth in my opinion of the character of Mr. Rochester. Sometimes I thought he was clearly crazy. Things that he said did not make sense sometimes, but it truly could have been me not hearing right in the car. I felt for Jane from day one: she was treated poorly by people who were her family, was sent from home, and was angst ridden from her secret desire for love. As I said before, there were times I was mad at her choices, but overall she was a very likeable character.

I would definitely read another classic book after reading this one; well, actually I would probably do an audio book so I can still read another book. I actually made me interested in this genre again without feeling like I was reading for school.

4 out of 5 stars.
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Jane Eyre is one of the best books ever written. 'Nuff said.
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A classic.
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Jane Eyre--a classic. Jane is an orphan who grew up in a girl's school. She gets a position as a governess in a remote mansion in the English countryside to care for the vivacious young daughter of a tall, dark, and mysterious man... one who hides secrets in his rambling hall.
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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This story is amazing!
Bronte set out to make a story with plot and characters wholly unique, and she ended up with a masterpiece!

The only bad thing is, it is a little long. However, it is well worth your efforts to read it!
The story follows a young, plain girl named Jane. She grows in the worst imaginable surroundings, yet her sufferings can not destroy her spirit. When she is grown, she goes to work as a governess in a strange house owned by a dark and secretive master.
That master is the only one who truly knows Jane's heart and spirit. The two form the closest bond possible, close enough to break through their dark secrets, and whatever other obstacles come their way.

This story is very real, deep, and dark. However, the ending is well worth it! MUST READ!
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A great classic! I somehow missed having to read this in school, but I'm glad I finally did pick it up. I loved the descriptions of everyday life. I loved how strong Jane was, and how she wasn't a perfect person like so many heroines seem to be. I already knew some of the plot twists, but it didn't stop my overall enjoyment. I really like this version of the book because it has end-notes about many of the literary references Bronte makes, as well as explaining some of the more obscure things we wouldn't know today, like the odd version of the game of charades.
I highly recommend picking this up.
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My favorite!
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Kind of a Cinderella story--I thought it was pretty good.
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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I read this at least once a year. FANTASTIC!
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One of my favorite books. Amazing.
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Very skillfully written, Jane Eyre plows the path for independent and smart women who want to stand toe to toe with men. I understand the significance of this book in its setting and time. Gasp, unheard of ye little woman contesteth man? However, at this moment in history the power of its role challenging story line doesn't seem like a big deal anymore. I guess the story was actually successful in pushing forward equality between men and women. There are some fun mystery elements and also very sad, rip your heart out and squash it with a hammer moments, that make it a little different than your average love story. I tip my cap, but refuse to bow down to this classic.
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I loved this book! A precious love story with so many twists and turns, I wasn't sure how it would end. The beginning is a little slow, but once you're through her school years, you'll love it.
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A good read. Starts slow but picks up as you get into it. Clean story.
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This story is a one of a kind tale of one of the strongest woman characters I have yet encountered. The story is just so gripping as young Jane goes from unwanted orphan to the mundane and humble life in Lowood charity school for girls knowing nothing of life outside of the school walls. She finds a position as governess for a young girl and decides to take the leap away from her security and all she's ever known.
The Master of the house, Mr. Rochester, gets a hold of her heart and eventually they are to be married. But there is a problem. Jane must choose between the laws of man and the laws of her God and consience. She faces hardship and starvation as she leaves her love to follow what she knows in her heart to be right. The decisions she is faced with are profound and difficult, almost uncomprehendible in today's society. She faces them all and lives with a clear consience. A good story through and through, one I will be reading over and over.
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Truly one of the best classic novels I have read! It's a hard one to put down!!
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I hate to say it but i didnt like this book at all. i generally love classics and was really excited to finally read it. i cant say that the writing was bad, it was easy to comprehend and clear, but the story is so blah and at the same time saddening that i felt depressed once i had finished. even the fact that she marries in the end is not really redeeming at all.
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i loved this story! Jane is one of the greatest chatacters in English Literature!
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What can i say a must read for people thatlove the classics.
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Fantastic book! Got me into reading Classics!
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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I am a little over 3/4 the way through it. I am enjoying it and have gotten used to the vocabulary and English terms. I would like to read some more classics.
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A Bronte classic. Romantic in all that entails. Classic.
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A story about a girl who has been estranged from her family and her travels through life. Really beautifully written.
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One of the best novel I have ever read. I love Jane Austin and the way she tell a story._Teresa
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One of my favorite books of all. The heroine does go thru a great deal, but it is worth watching her face her tests in her life to measure how I face mine.
Great romance, too, by the way, and I don't generally like romances.
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Great book, great reader. Reader Susan Ericksen is a wonderful actress, and she brings this book to life: I especially appreciated that she captures so well the humor in the dialogues between Jane and Mr. Rochester, but really she performs each character so well, giving each a distinct voice and character - St. John's cold command, Grace Poole's knowing cautious reserve, etc. etc.

One odd thing about the CDs: they are divided into 99 tracks. My CD player only has simple "next" and "prev" controls, so resuming the book on, say, track 77 involved a lot of scrolling!

I took off a half star because, although the book is surprisingly modern (in its egalitarian ideals represented by Helen Burns), the gothic elements (lunatic in the garret) haven't worn so well (for me). And because towards the middle of the second half of the book I felt the reader was rushing through some parts, and misplaced the stress in a few sentences. But these are quibbles.
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A truly classic tale of love.
Beautiful!!!
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Overall, Jane Eyre is a WONDERFUL story that no one should escape their educational pursuits without reading. This particular audiobook leaves a little to be desired in its reader, but I still enjoyed it very much. What a wonderful way to pass a few hours on a long road trip!
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A wonderful, gothic romantic classic - must read!
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Jane Eyre is a thick book, not just in number of pages, but also in writing style. My bachelor's degree is in English, so I was "required" to read Jane Eyre many times (at least 4 or 5). I just could never get through it; I always lost interest. So, when I decided to join the Eponymous challenge, I thought that this time I would read "Jane Eyre" in its entirety. And I did.

I enjoyed reading "Jane Eyre". I did know, of course, the entire storyline of the book (since I still participated in class discussions). But now I know what all the fuss is about. There's more to "Jane Eyre" that what meets the page.

I recommend that everyone read "Jane Eyre". It is truly a classic, and with good reason. I am also interested in having a small discussion about "Jane Eyre". So, if you're interested, go to www.carriesclassics.com and post a question or discussion point in the comments field, and we can start a book discussion.
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The highest praise for a book is when you turn the last page and immediately want to go back and read it again and when days, weeks, months, even years later you still return to it in your thoughts. Jane Eyre was that sort of book for me. It's not a large volume, I imagine few books published back then were, but it has everything that I enjoy: it has a strong, intelligent heroine who's not afraid to speak her mind, adventure, romance, mystery and a happy ending. It is written in such a way that wherever the heroine is you feel like you're right there with her, experiencing what she is experiencing, the plot developments are never contrived and flow naturally and the ending, while happy, isn't so happy that it seems unrealistic and fake.
It is my all-time favourite book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes an unhurried narrative without gratuitous drama and enjoys historical fiction.

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True classic. I'll never ever tire of reading this.
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Regency chick lit at its finest!
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by far my most favorite book and I have read a lot of books
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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I was very happy with this book. Somehow, it has slipped through the cracks of my literary reading over the years, and it's great!
A hard and long read, compared to many others, but well worth it!
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I have loved this book from the first time I read it at the age of twelve. I even named our blind, toeless, toothless cat after the author. Now that is a compliment.

The idea of empowering a young woman in the eighteenth century with the will to perservere despite the odds is not an unusual theme in romantic literature, nor is allowing her to fing the man of her dreams who happens to be wealthy.

What is unusual is the Jane has a tenacious quality to her that keeps her from fainting and swooning when some pretty horrific things happen around her. Her character has a brilliance to it that allows someone like her to capture the imaginations of so many of the other characters, either one way or the other.

I highly recommend this book because it's not only a classic that justly deserves to be canonized, but it also is rather timeless. It touches people in strange ways.
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I LOVE this book it is my favorate book I ever read.
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I will admit, I was a little unsure whether I was going to like this book. However, I found it to be very engaging and more thought-provoking than I imagined. Jane Eyre herself is very provocative for the time period this was written in. She is not the typical feminine archetype of her day: frail, dependent, and vain. Instead, she's strong, independent, outspoken (but not annoyingly so), and conservative. She does not back down from her convictions even when it means great pain being suffered.
The male character, Mr. Rochester, is also not a common persona. He is, in fact, quite eccentric and as a result, oddly endearing. The relationship between Jane and Rochester is a refreshing contrast to today's standards, and it works wonderfully.
I highly recommend this book, especially to young women looking for a role model wholly unlike "Bella" of Twilight fame. (No offense to those who enjoy Twilight :-)
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The beloved classic. Great story!
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Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night. This is a story of passionate love, travail and final triumph. The relationship between the heroine and Mr. Rochester is only one episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience into high art. In this work the plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, but possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order which circumscribes her life and position.
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Many books you read once and move on, not so with Jane Eyre. Jane, the underdog, wronged, unloved by her only known relative, sent away to a brutal cold hearted school, endures the loss of her only friend to soon, and so much more triumphs in the end. So what you may say, however, this is told in a manner that will draw you in and never let you go.
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You've probably heard the expression that a million monkeys typing for a million years eventually will reproduce the works of William Shakespeare. I give "Jane Eyre" one monkey, ten minutes.

While recognizing Bronte's derring-do in writing a novel about a comely 17-year-old governess who rejects a virtuous adonis (St. John Rivers) for her much older and unattractive employer, this is a book I cannot see reading again unless it's the only way to save a terminally ill relative.

This book is a slow read. And I mean slow. A snail? Greased lightning. Molasses on a cold day? Quicksilver. Eighth-period study hall in high school on a Friday? Over in a flash. We're talking a slow, boring read here, even without the benefit of a high school English teacher's enthusiasm for ruining literature.

The novel chronicles the story of Jane Eyre from her childhood as an orphan up until the birth of her first child. Life was hard for orphans in 19th-century England, particularly when their parents' marriage was considered improper. Fair enough, I suppose: that's why Jane's childhood is so rotten, and she is picked on by the cousins she lives with, misliked and mistreated by her aunt and so on. Unfortunately, Bronte's writing is so dry and lifeless that it's hard to care.

It just gets worse from there. The book is written in the first person, with the result that we get to hear every self-pitying thought Jane has (and there are plenty of them), about how plain she is, how her employer Mr. Rochester could never love her, how beautiful her imagined rival in love is, and on and on and on for page after tedious page.

My standard joke is "This is both good and original. Unfortunately, the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good." I will give Charlotte Bronte the benefit of the doubt, and will say that "Jane Eyre" is thoroughly original. Unlike the works of Shakespeare and a number of other classics of English and world literature, I can't say it is particularly good.
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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A classic. Perhaps not everyone's taste, but what book is. Definitely has images that stick in your mind for years to come.
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A wonderful book that I have re-read several times.
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Absolutely fabulous book! It took me a few hundred pages to really getting into it suspense-wise but then I was hooked. We all should deem to become like Jane with her thoughts.
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This is my all time favorite book. It is wonderful. It could be modern chick lit. A MUST read.
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I don't know why I went so long before reading this book. I don't know what I thought it would be like, but I obviously had some serious misconceptions. Those have since been corrected.

This book is a beautifully written Gothic tale that is part romance, part ghost story, and part social commentary. In the social sense this book was completely ahead of its time. Taken as a whole this book will always remain a truly timeless classic.

Jane Eyre now ranks among my all-time favorites when it comes to the classics. The Count of Monte Cristo now has a worthy companion when it comes to sharing the top spots on my list.
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Really un-rewarding read, I know english buffs would care to argue. reccomend it for Woman who are in romance novels with A LOT behind them, no Danielle Steele.
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Over the top!!!! Loved this book. You will want to read it over and over again. Excellent love story.
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Jane Eyre is the story of an orphan child living with relatives who do not want her. As soon as is possible her aunt sends her to boarding school at Lowood--a a dismal place where she is misunderstood and underfed. But Jane manages to make a place for herself there and acquire friends and an education.
After leaving Lowood she becomes the governess for the ward of the mysterious Mr. Rochester and finds herself falling in love with him. Things look to be taking a turn for the better in Jane's life until a dark family secret comes to light and seemingly ruins all her hopes and dreams for the future.
My first encounter with classic literature as a high school student. Great read!
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An engaging and highly readable famous classic. My all-time favorite.
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Jane Eyre is a young woman steadfast in her morals who faces hardships with great fortitude in the early years of the 19th century. Raised by Mrs. Reed, a cruel aunt, she is sent to Lowood, a bleak charity school run by the tyrannical Mr. Brocklehurst, where she endures a lonely and sad life. But even these travails do not disturb Jane's moral sensibilities and Christian virtues, for she puts all trust and faith in God's plan for her life.
Jane becomes the governess at Thornfield and falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. For the first time since she was a child Jane is truly loved by another, but Rochester harbors a dark secret that threatens their love. Unwilling to yield to her own desires, a heartbroken Jane flees Thornfield and is taken in by a young pastor, St. John Rivers and his two sisters. They become quit fond of Jane and she learns that they are cousins. Needing a wife for his missionary work in India, Rivers asks Jane to be his wife, but she hears Rochester calling her name on the wind.

JANE EYRE is a great gothic romance that will have readers rooting for the heroine to finally find some much deserved happiness. The novel is clearly a critique of Victorian assumptions about both gender and social class, and was one of the most successful novels of its era, both commercially and critically. Basically, JANE EYRE is a romance told in the compelling structure of a gothic horror novel, and should appeal to readers who love either one of those classic genres.
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Every few years, I love re-reading this classic English love story!
Jane Eyre, a bright, virtuous, spirited governess and her emplyer, the arrogant and brooding Mr. Rochester...
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I just read this for the first time. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!! It was WONDERFUL and VERY WORTH MY TIME!! I HIGHLY recommend this book!
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Wonderful classic - but long.
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Can't beat a classic
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Fantastic always a classic!
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Jane Eyre is a wonderful book. I love her use of the English language and the way she develops her characters. Plus, the book seems early on like it will be predictable but I enjoy the twists it takes you on.
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A true classic of the Victorian era!
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Hadn't read a classic in years, but I really liked this.
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A classic itself, a must read for any true reader. The story of Jane a governess and her employer Mr Rochester.
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This book is a classic. Every high school and college student will more than likely read this book.
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I read 1/2 of this and then couldn't take the endless details Jane provided on every aspect of every person. It was naive and boring.
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a classic.
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A pleasant re-read for me.
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THE MOVIE MADE FROM THIS BOOK WAS VERY CLOSE. THIS IS ONE DELIGHTFUL BOOK TO READ, AND DREAM ABOUT THE TIME OF INNOCENCE.I ENJOYED READING IT.
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i read this book, and really wanted and tried to like and get into it. however it just never happened. i'm not sure what it was about the book, but it felt repetitive, and dragged along. i might give it another shot in the future.
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One of my favorite books. A classic.
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This book makes my top 10 list of all time.
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Oh how I love this novel! Jane Eyre is one of those novels that I can read over and over again and get something new out of it every time. I consider it to be one of the most readable classics, one I can just pick up and lose myself in it without even thinking about it. To me, thats a testament to how well it holds up, there arent too many classics I can say that about because I find so many of them to be rather plodding.

This time around, I found myself to be much more emotional about the trials that Jane goes through. Ive gone through quite a few emotional events since the last time I read this one, and that undoubtedly affected my reading of many of the situations Jane is in. I openly wept when reading about her treatment during early childhood at Gateshead and later at Lowell School.

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Jane Eyre...one of the greatest classics of them all.

(Book cover worned but pages are very readable).
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Unlike Wuthering Heights, I greatly enjoyed this novel by a Bronte sister. I almost let my disgust of the previous novel stop me from reading Jane Eyre. I am so glad I listened to some friends and did not let that happen. It is a very different story and oddly captivating as a result. I heartily recommend the book to all young adults (being teenagers) and older. Now, of course I would not recommend and do not agree with everything that happens in the book, but when does that ever happen, no?

(originally published: http://sophiesmindset.blogspot.com/2008/02/jane-eyre.html)
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Wonderful classic!
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A classic story that's hard not to love!
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Classic story and a favorite :)
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This is second time I have read "Jane Eyre." The Brontes are wonderful talents from an obscure Yorkshire village. Charlotte makes of her Gothic experiences a fascinating novel. It never flags, because Jane controls the reader's response through her first person narrative. A great read.
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Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds a home at Thornfield Hall. Jane is happy at last -but something strange is going on at Thornfield. She hears eerie laughter at night, and a gostly woman roams the halls. Is someone trying to distroy Jane's new life? Love, mystery, and suspense- it's all here in... Jane Eyre
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This is a book about a strong woman who overcomes her obstacles to achieve. An accurate picture of love in near modern times.
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Of course, I love Jane Eyre! This is one of my favorite genre's, but I have to be in the mood. I love novel's in this era.
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Hmmm ... what can I say? I enjoyed the novel's unconventional love story, and I thought the book was ahead of its time in its portrayal of a strong woman who knows her own mind. But I'm not sure I'll ever read it again. The "good parts" were surrounded by pages and pages of descriptions -- both of the environment and of Jane's inner thoughts -- that I found tedious to read. Anything that could be said in a sentence, Bronte took at least a page or two to describe. And I've never seen an author use so many semicolons in my life!
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A wonderful classic. This is one of my favorite books.
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This is one of my favorite books ever. Jane Eyre is an orphan whose aunt treats her badly and ships her off to an orphanage. She gets an education there and is hired by Mr Rochester, a very rich man with a home in the country in England to tutor and be the governess for a little girl he has custody of. They fall in love and go to get married and his wife's brother shows up at the church and says they can not marry because Mr Rochester is married to his insane wife locked up in Mr Rochester's attic. On fortunately it is true.I guess they did not have divorce back then.I think this is about 1840's. Poor jane packs her things and leaves since she can not marry Mr Rochester, and she will not live with him. Jane travels about and discovers that she is a wealthy woman who has been left an inheritance. She goes back to see her beloved Mr. Rochester finds his insane wife burned down the house and jumped off the roof and is dead.Her Beloved Edward is blind, but they get married and Jane is so happy. There are a lot of details I have skipped but this book is a great classic and romance.
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Introduction and Notes by Susan Ostov Weisser. Barnes & Noble Classics 2003 edition. 551 pps including Endnotes, Further Reading, Inspired By, Comments and Questions.
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...a classic novel of haunting mystery and all-consumig love.
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Throroughly enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down
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charlotte bronte is an excellent writer of victorian england. any fan of jane eyre will truly enjoy reading this book to understand all the characters of this story. there is also information on charlotte bronte's life which i found excellent in it's history of her life.
penniless,orphaned,locked away in a prison-like boarding schook. 18 year old jane eyre has one chance for happiness: in the great mansion of thronfield, as governess to a little french girl,the adopted ward of an eccentric millionaire. edward rochester is troubled,cynical,moddy-but funny,brilliant,giving and sensitive;little adele is a delight;thornfield has all the bearuy jane could ever want. life "should" be perfect.. but jane eyre and her decades-older employer are falling desperately in love- and thronfield holds a living horror that can,with no warning, destry edward,jane,adele... a murderous secret ready to devour jane eyre's dreams,hopes-even her life.
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It's a pretty good classic. Boring at times and hard to struggle through. There are other times where it surprises you as strange. Dark Victorian Goth!!!
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I can't give a review. I did not read it.
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Orphaned at an early age, Jane Eyre leads a lonely life until she finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester and sees a ghostly woman who roams the halls by night. This is a story of passionate love, travail and final triumph. The relationship between the heroine and Mr. Rochester is only one episode, albeit the most important, in a detailed fictional autobiography in which the author transmuted her own experience into high art. In this work the plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, but possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order which circumscribes her life and position.
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this book has a few bite marks on it as my dog got a hold of it but it is still in good readable condition.
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Brand new book -- in perfect shape!