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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jane Eyre Review

Hey Blogger Buds,
So I recently read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for class, and, as I haven't read anything else besides for it, I'm  here to review it (as you can see)!

Blurby: (from Goodreads, blurb for book cover to right.)
With her 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë created one of the most unforgettable heroines of all time. Jane Eyre is an orphan, penniless and plain, but full of courage and spirit. She has endured incredible hardship to secure her humble status as the governess in the household of her brooding employer, Mr. Rochester. Jane's sharp wit and defiant nature meet with Rochester's sardonic temperament. The two become enmeshed in a deep, intense bond. But Rochester has a terrible secret- a remnant from his past that could threaten any hope of happiness with his only love.
An unconventional love story that revolutionized the scope of romantic fiction, Jane Eyre is ultimately the tale of one woman's fight to claim her independence and self-respect in a society that has no place for her.
[Tidbit about introduction, and Erica Jong.]

I came in expecting to hate the book. (Come on, it's for school!) Creep romances, tiny print, and words like "unclose". It was very annoying.
My copy was around 450 pages long. The book had probably the slowest plot advancing in history. It took 100 pages just to introduce Jane and get her to Rochester's estate. And then almost another 50 to introduce you to Rochester, but I'll get to him soon.
Jane wasn't so bad. She's feisty, determined, and bold. But she's got a handle on her emotions. My main problem with Jane is her supreme idiocy. It has depths like the oceans--if you get anywhere near the bottom, the pressure will kill you. Painfully. Multiple times during the book, I wanted to pull a YA-emphatic-reader and throw the book across the room, because Jane is so stupid. *rant over* (sorta) She had her ups and downs, and the end left me not hating Jane as much, but she annoyed me plenty. More than she should have.
I have to say though, I like Mr. Rochester. He's intelligent, sharp, and, just like in modern YA, he's closed off and has a dark past. But he's not "ruggedly handsome" and the smell of his sweat doesn't make Jane swoon. It's a perfectly healthy relationship.
Well, sorta. Let me give you a bit of an idea of how old these characters are: Mr. Rochester could be Jane's father, as is mentioned repeatedly. Jane is around 18. Or dear Mr. Edward Rochester on the other hand is 38.
On to some more Weird Factors...
St. John--he comes in a bit later. Jane meets St. John, a devout Christian with plans to become a missionary. And, after you learn more about him, he has a proposal for Jane. The creep factor skyrocketed. I was grossed out by St. John after all was said and done, and emotionally scarred for life.
Rudeness: zOMG!! They're all, like, so, incredibly rude! *squeal of disgust* *quits acting* All of these characters are really rude. They all say things like "you're really ugly" "why would anyone marry you?" "you're not at all handsome" and I want to smack them all. Yeah, different society, I get it, but hullo?

And last but not least:

Rating: 3stars-mediocre book, not compelling but interesting.

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