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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I now know what it feels like to be enchanted. This is what became of me while reading this most glorious novel. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jane Eyre and feel privileged to have submerge myself into this world for a little over a week. I was quite sadden when I reached the final page (549) and my life with Jane was over.

This book enthralled and mesmerized me. I could not put it down and when I did, all I could do was think about what Jane would be doing next. I excitedly anticipated my next moments that I could engulf myself into the novel. I was so entranced that I think I floated on air for the entire week. I felt like I was in a Disney novel, with birds singing around me, the sun shining and the clouds parting to display the bluest of skies and everyone around me was happy and joyous. Quite honestly, they could have been singing disney songs, that is how magical life was while I was reading this book.

Well, there was an incident at my local library that burst my bubble...but other than those bitties that deflated my bubble...I was in heaven. I feel quite lonely now...I sit at the stop light and think, why do I feel naked? No, it's not because I'm sitting there in a thong and nothing's because I don't have my beautiful novel in my lap, passing the time by being engrossed in whatever sentences I could peruse while waiting for the green light.

I doubt that there is a need to explain the story behind Jane Eyre (but I will): an orphaned girl with abusive 'family' (by marriage, not blood) who agree to send her off to a somewhat deplorable boarding school. We learn about her life at this school and the people that inspired her, and again, people who abused her.

The next part of her life we learn about is her becoming a governess for the master, Edward Rochester and his own orphan (and possible illegitimate child) Adelé. This was the most amazing time for me to read, as Jane Eyre stays true to character as she showed in the early part of the novel and we are teased with the development of a relationship with Mr. Rochester.

The next part, and for me what I would label the "third" part of the novel, she teaches at a school for the poor farmers kids. Here, she befriends the family of a young clergyman (devout, fanatical Christian) and lives a pleasant life with them.

In the end, well, I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't read it. :-) And if you don't want to read it, then look it up on wikipedia, which gives a very thorough summary of this most amazing novel.

Charlotte Brontë is amazing. Her prose is the most beautiful I have ever read (and this is no way a diss to Charlotte, but I haven't read many classics, so my fare of prose is fairly low) and the rhythm of the book was spectacular.

Jane Eyre is by far my all-time favorite book. It will be a long time before I can lose this beautiful haze that has surrounded me since my introduction to this wonderful woman, and this wonderful novel.

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