Synopsis from Penguin Books: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to this day entrances readers with its passionate portrayal of a woman struggling to make a life for herself in a cruel and indifferent world. As orphan Jane becomes governess at Thornfield Hall, she falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester, only to discover that he has a terrible secret, one which may jeopardize their future happiness. Jane Eyre’s struggle for independence has echoed with readers ever since.
My humble thoughts: I had never read Jane Eyre before. I had preconceived ideas of what it would be like and because of this it had never been a book I had thought of picking up, but I am glad I set this belief aside.
Jane Eyre is a fascinating character; strongly principled, independent, honest, blunt and dignified. As the book was written almost 170 years ago I had expected her character to be meek and submissive, so it came as a pleasant surprise that she spoke her mind and was somewhat ahead of her time. She is always striving to do the right thing in every situation, constantly standing with her own principles and refusing to accept her appointed place and expectations of 19th century society. Jane Eyre, as a character, is easily seen as a strong and admirable feminist figure and I found myself becoming attached to her. I wanted to learn how her story would unfold and willed good fortune to fall upon her.
Had I read this at school I am not sure that I would have appreciated just how wonderful an author Charlotte Brontë nor how much depth there was to Jane Eyre’s character. It touches on many modern topics; feminism, politics and religion; which is, in part, what makes this novel so enduring.
Other books by Charlotte Brontë:
Shirley; Jane Eyre; The Professor; Villette