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Jane Eyre [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Brontë
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Book Description

As a young governess, Jane Eyre falls for Mr. Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall. While their affections grow, a horrible secret threatens to tear the lovers apart.


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''At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte.'' --Virginia Woolf

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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë."—Virginia Woolf

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  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451530269
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNIR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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163 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only edition to buy August 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
This review is aimed more toward the Norton edition than to JANE EYRE. We all know this is a classic. Bronte was simply a genius and a harbinger of romantic, dramatic, gothic, and horror writing. (However, it still irks me that she couldn't end a simple sentence with a period. Every declarative statement, it seems, must be qualified with a colon or semi-colon. Oh well. Sign of the times.)

As for the Norton edition, it's the only one to buy. Bronte makes the assumption that you have read the Bible cover-to-cover a zillion times, and for those of us who have not read it through once, Norton's annotations are more than helpful---they're essential to understanding the novel's Christian allusions. This edition also provides the reader with critical essays, contexts of Bronte's life, Bronte's reactions to critics of her day, etc.

Bottom line: you can get the Dover Thrift edition for a couple bucks, but, if you are interested in giving this classic more than a cursory read, this edition is worth the extra money.
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357 of 401 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss out on this book... February 28, 2000
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You know all those 'classic' novels you read in high school? How many of them do you actually remember? Well, if Jane Eyre was one of those long-forgotten books, pick up a copy. To read it as an adult is a joy: it's a sweeping, disturbing, intense, thrilling, very romantic gothic love story, written in the voice of a very intense, almost claustrophobically self-aware young heroine. Jane is no Ophelia - she's a complicated, remarkable character, and a very strong female character in a genre that usually draws women as beautiful victims at best.

There's something for everyone in this book: Windswept castles, difficult and neurotic family members, dark secrets about tragic former lovers, good triumphing over evil, all that good juicy stuff that makes a great romantic story. What elevates Jane Eyre is Bronte's remarkable style & skill and her sharp and complex characterizations.

Trust me on this: If you don't remember it from your teens, you should give it a try now. Here is one novel that more than lives up to it's 'classic' status.
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493 of 559 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Among The Damned February 25, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Published in 1847, WUTHERING HEIGHTS was not well received by the reading public, many of whom condemned it as sordid, vulgar, and unnatural--and author Emily Bronte went to her grave in 1848 believing that her only novel was a failure. It was not until 1850, when WUTHERING HEIGHTS received a second printing with an introduction by Emily's sister Charlotte, that it attracted a wide readership. And from that point the reputation of the book has never looked back. Today it is widely recognized as one of the great novels of English literature.

Even so, WUTHERING HEIGHTS continues to divide readers. It is not a pretty love story; rather, it is swirling tale of largely unlikeable people caught up in obsessive love that turns to dark madness. It is cruel, violent, dark and brooding, and many people find it extremely unpleasant. And yet--it possesses a grandeur of language and design, a sense of tremendous pity and great loss that sets it apart from virtually every other novel written.

The novel is told in the form of an extended flashback. After a visit to his strange landlord, a newcomer to the area desires to know the history of the family--which he receives from Nelly Deans, a servant who introduces us to the Earnshaw family who once resided in the house known as Wuthering Heights. It was once a cheerful place, but Old Earnshaw adopted a "Gipsy" child who he named Heathcliff. And Catherine, daughter of the house, found in him the perfect companion: wild, rude, and as proud and cruel as she. But although Catherine loves him, even recognizes him as her soulmate, she cannot lower herself to marry so far below her social station. She instead marries another, and in so doing sets in motion an obsession that will destroy them all.
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130 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wuthering heights editions April 9, 2003
Format:Paperback
Rather than delve on the contents of this strangest and strongest of English novels, so intensely poetic in its haunting darkness and otherness, I'll comment briefly on the best editions available for a good first contact:

A) Text oriented editions (that is, editions with few materials added: normally an Introduction, annotation, and perhaps Charlotte's Peface and Biographical Notice and some bibliographical indications).

1. Oxford World's Classics: authoritative text, good annotation,
excellent introduction.

2. Penguin's Classics: same as above, everything looks a little shorter but is excellent nonetheless.

3. Wordsworth Classics edition. This would be a rather fine edition as befitting this collection, if it had a good 1847 text and not the heavily tampered-with Charlotte's 1850 edition. The text itself reflects accurately that of the 1900 Haworth Edition -a careful one-. The wording changes aren't perhaps so worrying nor is the toning-down of the dialectal tirades -although funny and useless-. What is worrying is the disappearance of more than six hundred paragrapph entries (I mean just the paragraphing, not the contents itself!), that makes for a different -and worse- reading experience. Very good and full -if brief- annotation. Mass-market, glued paperback.

4. Heather Glen's for Routledge. One of the finest text-oriented editions, especially for the excellent Introduction and Epilogue together with its good annotation, out-of-print for rather obscure reasons. If you find still a very good to fine copy at amazon Canadian branch (or at abebooks.com, it would be a good buy.

5. Orchises two-volume facsimile reprint of the 1847 edition. No notes nor any additional material. the books are well produced if a little expensive.
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Published 11 hours ago by JANET S. EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane is my Hero
The original gothic romance, Jane Eyre, is a heroine who stands up for what is morally right dispute the pain it causes her in the short term and she finds happiness in the end, on... Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. J. Badger
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing, True Gothic Romance
Beautiful prose and a true gothic love story. I read this book in high school (way, way long ago) and did not appreciate the beauty of the writing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by San Clemente Dog Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
The Classic Bildungsroman, and an absolute delight for all ages! If you wish for a book to read that will make you feel learned, this is the one for you! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Never Again
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Published 1 day ago by Yingxin Ni
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, strong, beautiful
This is an inspiring tale of perseverance, faith, and abiding love despite so many trials and temptations. Jane Eyre is truly a woman of great valor and passion. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mikah
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for a Reason
JANE EYRE is the story of a woman whose early life is filed with pain and misfortune but nevertheless bulls an admirable life for herself. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre
Great book! Truly amazing. I thought it would have a sad ending, with Jane marrying St. John, and Mr. Rochester dying alone. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bronte sister are great authors
It was a great 5 star read. I highly recommend reading the two sister Emily & Charlette. They have great command over english language and impose it into a creative inscriptive... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Paul Kokenis
5.0 out of 5 stars true classic, engaging
Amazing language, great story. It is a wonderful book with charming story of an orphan Jane Eyre with brilliant twists. Read more
Published 2 days ago by saket
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