Thursday, April 24, 2008

Book Review #48
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Rating: three stars (out of four)

Orphaned almost at birth and sent off to live with her Aunt and Uncle.  Jane Eyre has a rocky childhood marred with the fact that her Aunt will never accept Jane as anything but a burden.  Jane's future only begins to brighten when she gets sent off to boarding school, where, even though the conditions aren't ideal, at least Jane is learning.  At the ripe age of 18, Jane decides to become a governess and advertises in the paper. Little does Jane know what she is getting into when she accepts a position at Thornfield.

What I liked most about Jane Eyre was Jane's character. She knew what she believed and stuck to her principals, even if it meant giving up her happiness. I loved how she treated Mr. Rochester, she knew exactly how to handle him and keep him in check. The main disappointment I had with this book was Mr. Rochester. I couldn't bring myself to like him, I thought he was a rude man who didn't deserve Jane. Some elements of Mr. Rochester's character were very irksome and I couldn't see how Jane could stand him.  I really enjoyed the language of this book - the eloquent long words that I know the meanings of but never see in print anymore.  I also enjoyed the story line and could hardly put it down.  As I said before, the only dislike was Mr. Rochester.  I just didn't fall in love with him as I do for other characters in books, like Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) or Peter (Peter and the Starcatchers).  I'd recommend this book, it had a certain air of mystery and kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next.  

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