Review: Jane Eyre

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Jane EyreBook Review
3+ out of 5 stars to Jane Eyre, a wonderful novel written in 1847 by Charlotte Brontë. I read this book on Spring break just prior to my 21st birthday, perhaps not the best time to take this beauty on. At 21, being a guy, and English major and forced to read a few books I didn’t think I’d like, this came at a time where although I liked it, I wasn’t as in love with as most others are… hence the 3+ rating. I believe if I read it today, it’d be a 4+. But I have 1200 books on my TBR and simply can’t afford to take on any re-reads without losing my mind. Perhaps I should watch a TV or Film version to renew my interest? It has all the right parts… young woman suffering at the hands of the conventions of time and family (two things I enjoy in books)… the love of a ‘good’ man (meaning you see a relationship grow high and low)… and drama (will she escape it all?). Society was harsh nearly 200 years ago. I would not have survived. I am not vocal about my opinions of people’s behavior or societal limitations, but I believe anyone should be able to do anything they want without hurting someone else or the world we live in. If you want to marry your cousin, go ahead… not my business. If you want to sleep with a new man or woman every night, more power to you. Doesn’t affect me. If you want to wear revealing clothing… go look your best — just don’t do it where someone may cause an accident as a result! 🙂 Point being…. I struggle sometimes with books that cover these conventions because I want everything to be free and open. And when it isn’t, I can enjoy the battle to get there, but it’s a bit difficult when I combine it with 200 year old setting and guides. That said… I adore Jane. I empathize with her. I could be her on some levels. The words and language are great. It should be read. But know what you’re getting into!

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13 thoughts on “Review: Jane Eyre

    BrizzleLass said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    I’ve always loved this novel, but have always had similar issues with it as you! It was quite ahead of its time but definitely not far ahead enough for me! 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM

      haha… i’m wondering if I should try other things by the bronte sisters!

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        bettylouise31 said:
        June 19, 2017 at 3:45 PM

        The come t about JFK amuse as I remember the newspapers at the time. He was a compassionate person for the middle and low income class. He did have the mind set of the wealthy. I feel the most important event in my life was World War Two. It completely change the world that I knew. Health care and woman working are two major eve ts. Social Sercuity did exist except people were being charge for it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 19, 2017 at 3:46 PM

        Good share. Seems healthcare is always very complicated.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        June 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM

        Health didn’t exist before the war. At the end men workers were scarce. So companies begin offering health care as a perk for workers. Woman were allow to work outside the home. Both grew from there.

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        BrizzleLass said:
        June 20, 2017 at 4:11 AM

        It’s a bit cliché but Wuthering Heights is my favourite. It’s very dark and foreboding. Not what you would expect from a female writer of that time.

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    Esther said:
    June 19, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Not read it. To rekindle your love, watching a movie might help since you don’t have the time to go read it all over again.

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    Kiersten said:
    June 21, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    This is one of my favorite novels of all time. It was very advanced for the time it was written.

    I have part of a quote from this book tattooed on my arm.
    People always look at me like I’m nuts when I explain that. 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 21, 2017 at 6:43 AM

      That’s is very cool. Love it when a tattoo comes from something important and personal! Thx for the share.

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    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    September 13, 2017 at 2:58 AM

    I have just finished this novel. It is worth reading, I agree with 3* out of 5, though. Sometimes I am so disappointed that female minds seem to be interested only in marriage, love and jealousy based on classic novels. Although these books make a few notes that women were frustrated by their limited possibilities, I have not read other types of reflections of a female character. Maybe male writers did not attribute philosophical or political thoughts to women but what about female writers? 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 13, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      I hear you. I think there are a few who did, but little if any people read or would read those books, so they never grew popular. I took a course in American Literature with a focus on female writers. There were some who had a bit of success, so it’s definitely possible. I think Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one, though she was less fictional than most others… more of an essayist.

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