Novel By: Charlotte Brontë Category: Classics, Romance, Mystery
This classic became an instant favourite and was a real page-turner. Its eponymous narrator Jane is much ahead of her time- a free-spirited individualist with an iron will. In short, yes, she conquered my heart!
“I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.”
The first third of the novel takes us through Jane's abusive childhood, orphaned and living with her begrudging aunt Mrs.Reed and her subsequent schooling at Lowood, an orthodox Christian institution of strict rules and poor living conditions. And then (patience, dear reader), her life takes a turn for the better; she is placed as a governess at Thornfield Hall whose master is the eccentric Mr.Rochester (yes, he's the one!) and there begins a romance that, well, sets my heart racing like a wild horse (you will damn well know what I mean, go grab the book).
“I see at intervals the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage: a vivid, restless, resolute captive is there; were it but free, it would soar cloud-high.”
The novel's dark atmosphere drew me in from the start, and the mystery surrounding Thornfield Hall and its occupants was haunting and intriguing while it lasted. The best parts of the novel for me were, of course, everything (ahem) that transpired between Jane and her equal Edward Rochester, not to mention, Jane's keen and impartial observations about people, her surroundings, and herself which were very engaging throughout. The book caught me wide-eyed, more than once, and made me smile like an idiot while thoroughly impressing me on countless other occasions. In short, I cannot recommend this book enough.
“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
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