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Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Bronte , Michael Mason
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Book Description

Charlotte Brontë's first novel, published in 1847, was based in part on the author's own days in a brutal boarding school where two of her sisters died of tuberculosis; her characterization of the place in her first published work was an act of revenge. The novel's heroine is a plain, impoverished, but spirited young governess who not only wins the heart of her employer--the jaded, Byronic Mr. Rochester--but manages to defy the social conventions of her time to become a strong and fulfilled adult. Told by Jane herself as she looks back over her life, JANE EYRE became the prototype for the classic Gothic novel set in a wild, windswept location where a naïve heroine must cope with ghosts and the supernatural. It has also inspired countless romance novels and created the bitter, brooding hero who is brought back to life by the goodness and innocence of the woman who loves him. Brontë's tale, however, transcends the genres it inspired. Jane's search for love and for meaning also includes a refusal to accept less than she feels is her due. Brontë sees that quest as a moral one, and a critical exploration of the paradoxes of the English class system and of Victorian gender relations is an integral part of the book. But the main reason for its position as an enduring classic is that JANE EYRE is a stirring and satisfying tale, a page-turner. It was a bestseller in its day and remains popular today--the quintessential coming-of-age story that still has resonance for young women who are struggling to find the balance between romantic love and personal freedom.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441408290
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OCXGNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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157 of 174 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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509 of 579 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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373 of 424 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abridged :( March 22, 2007
By Sarra
Format:Audio CD
I will agree that this performance is given with sensitivity to the voice of Jane Eyre and of Charlotte Bronte, but alas it's an abridged version. The above listing does not give any indication of this, consequently I was very disappointed when it arrived. I personally have no use for abridged books. When I pick up a book (print or audio) I want to experience the entire book. Abridged books always leave me feeling cheated, wondering what did I miss?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great love story. Got a little slow in the beginning but it was all worth it at the end.
Published 7 hours ago by Lisa Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This has become my favorite fiction book. It is a beautiful story of true sacrificial love.
Published 7 hours ago by Emily E. Thiesen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not for me
Published 14 hours ago by Barbara P. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An eternal masterpiece and an excellent edition. Would highly recommend it.
Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A story of obsession and very unhappy people
Okay, so I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't like such a "classic" book. But that's not going to stop me from posting an honest review. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Jennifer Lanam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect! Thank you!
Published 20 hours ago by J. Hajzus
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Jane Eyre is still my favorite though
Love it! Jane Eyre is still my favorite though
Published 1 day ago by Patricia A Spain
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised.
Should have read it as a young adult. Pleasantly written and a few twists. Couldn't put it down in the end.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to waste your time on this one!
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics a great Literature book filled with history and things to...
Classics a great Literature book filled with history and things to learn from.
Published 1 day ago by Doraska L McKeller
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