Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)

I have no idea how many times I have read this book over the years.  It is elegant and heart-breaking.  It is also #12 on the The Guardian's list of 100 best English novels.


Jane Eyre is a gothic romance novel written in England during the Victorian Era by Charlotte Bronte. 

Jane Eyre is an orphan who was raised by a wealthy but cruel aunt.  She is relieved when she is sent to a boarding school but her relief is short-lived when she finds she has traded the cruel aunt for a cruel headmaster.  With limited options, Jane finishes her schooling and teaches at the school for a couple of years.  When the opportunity of a governess position in a private home becomes available, Jane is happy to accept.

It is at her new home, Thornfield, that Jane meets the love of her life.  That love does not run smoothly.