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Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. I go back to read it every few years, as the urge strikes. Whether for good or bad, I’m a sucker for classic stories that have a romantic twist to them. This book fits that description, but it’s more complex than your typical love story.
Jane Eyre is an orphan who endures a fair amount of misfortune in her life, yet she takes advantage of the opportunities that come her way. By getting a good education, she is able to strike off into the world to start her own life. She ends up as governess for a ward of Mr. Rochester, her eventual love interest. Through some fairly radical circumstances, Jane and Mr. Rochester are separated, but eventually true love wins out, and they are reunited. I have omitted a lot of the story, but this gives you the main gist of it.
The main characters in this book have a richness and depth that makes them truly lovable. As you read, you actually begin to care about what happens to them. I suppose that’s the mark of a good writer–they make you care about the subject matter. Jane is the underdog, and you will probably find yourself rooting for her success fairly early on.
It’s satisfying to see a plain and rather ordinary heroine triumph over life’s adversities and find happiness in her relationships, as well. If only real life were so simple.
If you’re a lady who enjoys a good romantic story, Jane Eyre may be right up your alley. Let me know what you think of it!
- God is mentioned several times. This book is definitely written with a Christian worldview in mind. Even if you’re not a Christian, there is enough substance to the story to keep you interested.
- The language is rather challenging, if you’re not used to reading classical literature. Keep a dictionary nearby, and be patient with yourself. If you stick with it, you’ll eventually get the hang of interpreting this old-fashioned language. 🙂
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…
OTHER JANE EYRE POSTS:
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- Jane Eyre – Movie 2011
- Jane Eyre – TV Mini-Series 1983
- Jane Eyre – TV Mini-Series 2006