(Finished November 9, 2011)
So I have this thing with books I own – I tend to lose interest, even if the book itself is excellent, because I know I don’t have a time limit. Yes, this was the first time I’d ever read Jane Eyre. And it took me about a year. But I finally finished. And I loved it.
I really don’t know how I didn’t know the ending; the story is so popular. But I somehow managed to avoid learning what exactly happened. And I’m so glad I did!
Jane is my new hero. Quiet, homely, moral and intelligent – she is my kind of heroine. I’m sure that’s why this book is such a favorite: almost everyone can see something of themselves in Jane. We consider ourselves underdogs, losers, invisible to those who we see as superiors. Jane cannot see the traits others see in her as assets. Her situation certainly makes you re-evaluate yourself.
Oh, and Rochester. Not your typical main man. A little rough around the edges, secretive, and not super attractive, he makes himself irresistible to Jane because of his sharp mind and ability to care for her out of mutual respect and intelligence.
Every love story needs a conflict, and the conflict in this one seems insurmountable. (And a little supernatural – always a nice twist.) Creepy English manors, fires, sounds from the attic – Charlotte knew how to keep readers invested.
There’s just something about the sensible girl getting her man!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So good! Can’t believe it took me so long to get around to it!