Rating: 5/5 stars
It is funny, but I only realised after having finished reading it, that this is the first Bronte book I have finished. I had started, strangely enough, Villette (now, after more research, I have realised this probably wasn’t the best first choice) a year back, which was the first bronte book for me to start, and I stopped after a while, very much bored. Then, a few months later, I got halfway through Wuthering Heights, after labouring through it for a whole month, and then gave up. Then almost a year later, I have picked up Jane Eyre and devoured the majority of it within two days.
Jane Eyre has inspired me to read more about the Brontes, and their lives, as this book has touched me in so many ways I never thought possible. At one point I was actually so genuinely distraught I had to take a break and just cry and be like “Jane, don’t!” But she didn’t listen to me. I love this book very much, it is definitely one of my favourite books of all-time, and I am glad that it was such a success upon publication, because this is a book fully worthy of such a success.
I loved it. I was kept absolutely hooked by the characters and the events that unfold throughout, everything felt so completely realistic. I cried and laughed and actually gasped as I flew through the pages. I found Jane to be an intriguing and fascinating character and I throughly enjoyed reading and learning more about her as she faced the trials that life does bring on us all. I love how she so ardently strove to accomplish what she strongly believed to be right, no matter what the consequences may be on herself or others. I loved her strong sense of justice. I found it fascinating to witness the development of her character, from a passionate ten-year-old, to a fully grown woman.
Although the ending wasn’t completely satisfactory to me, considering the state of the person involved, I understand it from Jane’s point of view, and am glad and happy for her that she was able to return to what she had so ardently wished for before, on terms that satisfied her strict, yet very right, sense of morals, although I did wish (keyword) she had had mercy and just gone with it from the beginning (although now that I come back to this review, I understand agree with her).
I am interested to delve deeper into the analysis of this book, and shall be watching the BBC’s secret life of books episode on it, and am curious to see how this deeper insight may change my views of this book. It is also interesting to note that the narrator of the show starts with talking about how she read it at my current age, and how she is now looking back it, years later, and having much different thoughts to it than she previously had, as a teen.