Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Book - 2006
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In conjunction with the New York Public Library, Doubleday is proud to introduce a very special collector's series of literary masterpieces. Lavishly illustrated with rare archival material from the library's extensive resources, including the renowned Berg collection, these editions will bring the classics to life for a new generation of readers.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books/Penguin Group, 2006.
ISBN: 9780141441146
Characteristics: xlii, 578 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Davies, Stevie


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JennyX Jun 14, 2013

I had to read this for English class during the school year. We started it around December 2012 and finished it around March 2013. Suffice to say, an already tedious and large volume was dragged out. My personal opinion on this book is that the plot is well constructed, but the excessive details are unnecessary. I understand that descriptions can add beauty, but in this case, it was overdone. The feminist undertones were also a bit overwhelming; Jane Eyre slightly reminds me of Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson's famous Millenium Series. In both novels, the main female protagonist is portrayed as overly independent in an attempt to portray feminism. However, I must say that Bronte did a great job in conveying Jane's thoughts to the reader. I was always able to understand why Jane did such actions because I could put myself in Jane's shoes. I recommend this book only because it is a classic, and you cannot call yourself educated unless you have endured this book.

aramonak Aug 27, 2012

It was great to hear on NPR today that an updated biography of the Bronte family by Juliet Barker has come out. Sounds even better than the previous edition. I loved reading Jane Eyre and may have to take on the new biography; Jane is a powerful character as is Mr. Rochester. Their romance is compelling, mysterious, and it amazed me how both were so well portrayed throughout. This is not to say that I fell in love with either of them; they were perverse in ways I found annoying, but the characters were convincingly just that--seemingly real characters.

yve168 Aug 17, 2012

this was a beautiful book. the story was endearing to your heart and to your soul

Agent13 Aug 14, 2012

One of the early proponents of feminism, Ms. Bronte's themes shook up the establishment when this book was first published over a century ago. The story of how this book was brought to the public eye is interesting in itself (read the book jacket and the introduction for the details).
Don't let the "Classic" label fool you. This book is easy to read and is very thought provoking. I did have my dictionary near my side occasionally, though.


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