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Jane Eyre Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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"A masterwork. This reverse Cinderella story becomes a vital and energetic tale through McCaddon's lovely rendition." ---Library Journal Audio Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 probably has more to do with Kindle books in general rather than this book in particular. It reads as easily as any other book I've read on Kindle. But it's the kind of novel where you want to flip back to a certain section and re-read a portion just because of what is currently being said by the characters, and there is no way to do that. As for the French passages I had mentioned earlier, they are really very few in number and even if you don't know any French, don't let it stop you from reading this novel. They're all things said by one character or another, often repeated in English. (Thank you, Charlotte Brontë)! None of it is important to the plot or to the characters themselves.
Charlotte Brontë shows herself to be an incredibly masterful writer in "Jane Eyre." There were times when I just stopped to admire the style with which she conveyed something and the techniques she used. She is also incredibly insightful into human nature. The main character is an introverted person and all of her thoughts, beautifully laid out, make her into one of the most compelling characters in literature. Although it may be difficult to see this, I do think that the author was showing her feminist colors, such as they were in those days, when she conjured up Jane Eyre.
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It is hard to write a review of a novel that has been reviewed so many times and has been critically examined in all its many aspects. So I will focus on my personal reaction to reading it. A number of years ago, while traveling in England with my daughter, she urged me to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, telling me that I would enjoy it. I resisted because I thought of it as a woman's novel - and I was not a reader of romantic novels. But it was my daughter urging me to do it, and we did visit Jane Austen's house, so I set about reading it. I so enjoyed it that I have read it two additional times since. Likewise, I have thought of Jane Eyre as a woman's novel, written by a woman. But eventually, because of my experience with Jane Austen, and having seen a couple versions of the movie of Jane Eyre, I set about to read Charlotte Bronte's novel.
If the definition of a good novel is whether you enjoyed reading it, Jane Eyre is a first rate novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Many of the novels I read, even good ones, are sometimes tedious, and I have to bear down to get through parts that are not as good as others. And many novels fail to satisfy at the end. From my reading experience, it is difficult for a writer to come up with a good ending. But I did not find any parts of Jane Eyre that were not interesting and rewarding, and the end was uplifting - "Reader, I married him." I was impressed by how well read this Bronte sister was. It was clear she had a thorough knowledge of the Bible (her father was a pastor so that was to be expected), but she referred to it in many ways that gave me greater insight in the passages she refers to. She was also well read in Shakespeare and other works and she used these works in such a way that you could tell they were more than passing fancies to her.
As I read Jane Eyre, I entertained a desire to learn more about Charlotte Bronte and her sisters. I grew to respect her and her family. It was tragic to me that all of the sisters died at a fairly young age. Charlotte certainly had a deep understanding of human nature, and what it takes to fully love someone. She wanted to be judged as an author, not as a woman author. To me, she ranks right up there with the best. I only wish I hadn't waited so long before reading this great novel.