Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte REVIEW

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

When we first decided to read Jane Eyre, only a few members were excited about the read; with most feeling apprehensive about it. However, the majority of the group found the story easy to read once they got used to the old English and the vernacular; and at times the authors overly descriptive writing. We noticed quite a bit of people have a love/hate relationship with Jane Eyre; they are also confused how two sisters (Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights) can write a two part story but make the other half a bit darker, we have heard people say that Jane Eyre is sad, dark and cruel. Yet Wuthering Heights goes to another level of dark and cruel and at times dry. But that is another review.
Some of the members felt that Jane Eyre was a bit hard to get into; putting aside the vernacular and old English, Jane seemed to be beyond her years. Her language sounded like an English teacher in her older years. We also found Jane and the other characters in the book to be intriguing, fairly realistic, well thought out and written, and emotional.

Once you do get past the bumps stated above, Charlotte Bronte does not make it easy to put Jane Eyre down. We as a group agree that Jane Eyre makes for a fantastic read, even if their palates are a bit plain.

Even though I have no pictures I would like to share what food we had to pair with Miss Jane:
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Toad-in-a-hole (sausages covered in batter and baked)
  • An assortment of teas with milk/cream and sugar
  • Bangers and Mash
  • Biscuits and Jam
  • Spotted Dick
  • Ploughman's Lunch
  • Lancashire  Hotpot

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