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In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, an independent woman must decide if the heartaches that come with love and trust are too high a price to pay. Eyre, an intelligent but lonely young girl, is all alone in the world. Sent to live with unkind relatives, Jane's fate grows even crueler when she is torn from her family's household and forced to live in an orphanage. Surviving years of deprivation, illness, and despair, Jane becomes a governess, and is hired by a Mr. Rochester to look after his young daughter. Jane's new post brings her into a world of high society, romantic intrigue, and dark family secrets. When Mr. Rochester asks Jane to marry him, it seems that against all odds her fate is finally secure and true love is rightfully hers. However, shocking revelations about Mr. Rochester's mysterious past suddenly surface, and Jane flees the house and the man who have brought her so much pain. Have love and security slipped through Jane's fingers forever, or can Mr. Rochester regain her trust and win her heart again?
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The eldest and most prolific of the literary Bronte sisters, Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) combined definitive life experience and her strong imaginative powers to create such famous works as Jane Eyre, Villette, and Shirley. At first, Bronte, like her sisters, published her novels under a male pseudonym, her own being "Currer Bell." When her first novel, Jane Eyre, received considerable public attention, many tried to guess the true identity of the author, sure that no man could have so expertly captured Jane's female voice. Despite the adversities of family instability, personal tragedy, and ill-health, Charlotte Bronte is well-established to this day as one of the most brilliant female writers in literature, with her haunting settings, cleverly-woven mysteries, and compelling, multi-faceted characters burning brightly in the minds of generations of readers.Back to top
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There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that ...Back to top
Reviewed by ajc1 on Apr 14, 2011
Charlotte Bronte is a literary genius. I enjoyed this book so much. The way she was able to relate things was amazing. She told a story about love that captured my heart and mind. I was unable to put the book down. I will read this again.
Reviewed by knguyen816 on Nov 24, 2010
What a wonderful read, over and over again... It's difficult to describe what emotions this literary classic evoke.... particularly when I read it at different points in my life and each time, the people in this book are still as if I've met them for the first time, and they stay with me until I read about them again at another point in my life and they again will surprise me as they are right now...
Reviewed by melaniegsharp on Oct 28, 2010
A Definite Favorite
This book is fantastic. The story is so well told and so filled with beautiful description and emotion that you can't help but get completely wrapped up in it all the way. A must-read.
Reviewed by EDITHJWHARTON on Jan 12, 2009
One of the BEST
Almost everything that I read was written before I (or probably my mother) was born. A lot of times, I'll forget the plot of a story when I am questioned. My typical confusion will find me unable to recant the cast of characters in a long ago read novel like Wuthering Heights. Or I will find myself unable to remember the specific differences between Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice OR David Copperfield and Great Expectations. But I will never in my life forget every detail of Jane Eyre. I remember walking through the train terminal with that book in my hand and sneaking away from my desk at work to read another few sentences. But most of all, I remember the chilling wedding scene. I loved this book.
Reviewed by MademoiselleBoleyn on Nov 27, 2009
It must be one of the most perfectly structured novels of all time.
The plot and characters are fantastic, its a must read!
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