Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Book - 1993
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This popular series of readers has now been completely revised and updated, using a new syllabus and new word structure lists. Readability has been ensured by means of specially designed computer software. Words that are above level but essential to the story are explained within the text,illustrated, and then reused for maximum reinforcement.
Publisher: Hong Kong : Oxford University Press, c1993.
ISBN: 9780195852752
0195852753
Branch Call Number: LPLC890619110248
Characteristics: 57 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm.

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susan_findlay
Aug 18, 2017

I very much enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, and this is easily as good as most of her books (and better than a couple of them).

I was pleasantly surprised by the conversational tone of the writing. While it's a little more formal than modern novels, it's very easy to read. I'm not normally a fan of first person narrative, but this is friendly and chatty and just a pleasure to read.

The main character is compelling. Given the period, she's really quite a strong heroine. There are a few points that date her, but not as many as you might expect. She seems like somebody I'd enjoy spending time with.

The plot is well-developed, interesting and full of twists and turns. At this point, I should confess that I had seen a film version, so I knew what would happen. That would have helped pull me through any slow bits - but at no point was I ever bored. The mini-bio of Charlotte Bronte inside the front cover of the edition I read gave particular credibility to her description of the rather awful school. And, as someone who read rather a lot of romance novels as a teen, it was interesting to read a book that has clearly served as an inspiration to many writers in that genre.

Yes, the book is long. But, in my opinion, it's well worth it. Highly recommend to anyone who likes romance novels and/or period literature.

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kpelish
Jun 28, 2017

Still one of my favorite love stories: a ferocious yet tender telling of an idealist vs. a pragmatic--and what happens to both of them when the pragmatic overplays his hand. By remaining true to her values, Jane, the perpetual orphan, finds a permanent home and true love. Way ahead of its time in espousing egalitarianism and the breaking of societal molds. Occasional melodrama balanced out by some wry and funny comments.

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m0mmyl00
Jun 09, 2017

Young Jane was an orphan, taken in very reluctantly and resentfully by her aunt. She was excluded from normal family life and insulted and degraded routinely. The made her sad, but not cowed; she was well aware of the injustice visited on her. She was fortunately sent to a boarding school to 1) train her to accept her dreary lot in life and 2) get her out of her aunt's hair. But the teachers were kind and saw to it that her willingness to study was rewarded.

On completing her studies, she applied for and won a job as governess for a young French girl named Adele at Thornhill Manor. Adele's parentage was questionable, but the master of the house was rarely home, so she fell almost totally under Jane's capable and compassionate care. When the master of the house, Edward Rochester did return, he and Jane met accidentally away from the house; he was riding his horse toward the house and she was out for a walk. He was thrown and she tended him, as per her character, capably and compassionately. She impressed him deeply. From that day, his interest in her grew, but they remained separated because of the difference in their social status.

Ultimately Rochester professed his love for her, and she for him. They planned to marry, but at their wedding, when the priest asked if anyone objected to their marriage, an anonymous man spoke up and stated that Rochester was already married...to a mad woman who was imprisoned in a tower room at Thornhill Manor. Jane, who wholeheartedly put her faith in God, could not marry him under those circumstances despite Rochester's begging her to be his wife. She left that night without saying goodbye and wandered hungry and exhausted until she ended up, desperate, on the doorstep of two sisters and their brother. They took her in and nursed her back to health, and they all became very attached to each other so she continued to live with them when her strength returned.

Meanwhile, her mother's brother, whom she had never met, died and left her an inheritance; he left her cousins -- his other two nieces and his nephew -- nothing. She learned that the cousins were the strangers that took her in. She saw that as unfair, so she chose to divide the inheritance equally among them. Then she learned that Thornhill Manor had burned; Rochester's mad wife had set it afire and then jumped from the tower to her death. She hurried there to look in on Rochester, as she had never stopped loving her. They reunited, he with a missing limb and eyes and her not caring that he was damaged, and lived happily ever after.

The language was lush, the story was complex, the good person won, the not good people were transformed to good people. What more could a reader want?

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Shastabee
Apr 10, 2017

A magnificent read. I couldn't stop reading until the book until it was completely finished. Charlotte Bronte is such a great story-teller- I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a beautifully written escapist novel.

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raxl8
Mar 31, 2017

I love this book!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2017

This isn't really a common view, but I felt a bit indifferent at times throughout the book. The language was a bit advanced at times, but I guess my vocabulary isn't that great so it lost me a bit. I can sort of see why this book is a "classic" literature piece, because it kind of pulls on the soul a bit. The story, while simple, reflects on a lot more than just one woman's life. It uses subtle metaphors to shadow events and comparisons that one may not be able to see in everyday life. The fierce protagonist Jane is relatable, and her journey will leave readers pondering about deeper insights. 4/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

One of those books you are always told to read and never do and then when you do you feel stupid because you loved it so much. I listened to the audio, read by Juliet Mills, who is a Judi Dench sound-alike. I was delighted by her narration and continued to be delighted the whole book.
I had seen the movie, 2011 with Mia Wasikowska, and really liked it and of course the book was much better! So many scenes were left out or simplified. I was really shocked and laughed out loud when Mr. Rochester dressed as the gypsy! I will say that some of the best dialogue was kept in the movie.
I listened to this at the gym a lot which was a weird combo but man I loved it. Loved the tree being struck by lightning, loved how harsh of a judge of intellect Jane was, loved evil chuckle of Grace Pool, loved when Jane stood up to St. John Eyre Rivers, and loved the school scenes.
A Bildungsroman at it's best!
Well done Charlotte Bronte! Well done Mi Waskiowska! Well done Jane!
Mrs. Fairfax is completely overlooked at the books end, I liked her better in the movie.

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sofa2001
Oct 05, 2016

Loved it!

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pigswithwings
Aug 01, 2016

I hated this book 1 star the first time I read it. After being convinced to read it again, I give it 3.5 stars.

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LexiLou2
Jun 19, 2016

This Brontë sister is a powerhouse! While there are times of great verbosity Brontë shows, again and again, that she can convey an incredible amount of detail very succinctly. The contrast between the two styles has a profound result. Having stumbled across the title merely to widen my reading to include "classics" it is quite evident why this book falls into that category. If this is a bildungsroman because Jane comes of age, it is also a bildungsroman because, as a reader, I have, too.

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white_raven_48
Sep 30, 2017

“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it."

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geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”

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Purplekat7
Dec 31, 2013

"Reader, I married him."

Maggie_Rose520 Sep 24, 2012

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest--blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in chatacter--perfect concord is the result."

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re_discover
Jul 16, 2012

Charlotte Bronte on morals:

"I care for myself....Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be."

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re_discover
Jul 16, 2012

Charlotte Bronte on experience:

"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have- your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."

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re_discover
Jul 16, 2012

Charlotte Bronte on feminism:

"Women are suppose to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making pudding and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex."

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re_discover
Jul 16, 2012

Charlotte Bronte on hate:

"It is not violence that best overcomes hate- nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury....Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you."

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

"Remorse is the poison of life."

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yellow_whale_97
Jun 05, 2014

Mr. Rochester guards a deep and dark secret...

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A poor orphan cared for by an abusive Aunt grows up to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, an estate owned by the wealthy Edward Rochester. There she falls in love with Edward only to discover that he is already married to a madwoman.

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