Jane Eyre, Paperback Book
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The Penguin English Library Edition of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte'The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself'Passionate, poetic and revolutionary, Jane Eyre is a novel of naked emotional power.

Its story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever written, but it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character and a transformative work of the imagination.The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.


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Well. It was certainly a lot more accessible than I thought it would be. It was more a novel for pleasure, less a classic of the canon. Still, I wouldn't necessarily think most people Jane's age, nowadays, would get it. At age 48, I enjoyed it. I do take off 1/2 star for melodrama & implausibility. And I do take off 1/2 star for the doctrine that if one does one's best to obey God one will be rewarded in the hereafter. I mean, I know lots of people believe that stuff, but I do not, and I cannot enjoy being preached at. Still, the fact that Jane must try so hard to be obedient to God, and yet we see that she remains fully in control of her obedience to Man, makes for entertaining reading.

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