Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jane Eyre

While a week sick in bed didn't allow me any time to update the blog it did give me the opportunity to cross another book of the BBCs 100 Must Read Books List. This time I read Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

I have always loved the story Jane Eyre but sadly had only ever seen the film versions (1996 & 2011). Like most book to film adaptations the book is far better.

Jane Eyre is a beautifully sad, romantic novel of morality, social criticism, growing up and falling in love that explores classism, sexuality, religion and pro to-feminism. Many consider Jane Eyre to be ahead of its time (it was first published in 1847 under the pen name Currer Bell) with all the events of the novel coloured by a heightened intensity that had previously been the domain of poetry, "the novel revolutionised the art of fiction". 

For a character written 166 years ago, Jane Eyre I believe is a throughly modern women who the women of today can learn a lot from. She is intelligent, passionate, moral and understands that while others may put her down she is a worthy human being. It is easy to be what others label you as, Jane shows that you can be everything you want to be if you are prepared to work for it. 

Jane Eyre was the perfect novel to read curled up in bed with numerous cups of tea, while it rained outside. 

If you want to add a copy of Jane Eyre to your library then I highly recommend this beautiful hardcover edition. 

Now I am off to enjoy a much needed study break and watch the 2011 movie adaptation starting Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.