This will be rather short comparatively as I feel that Jane Eyre is one of those books that could be condensed, but still should be experienced.
Well, my professor was right. I did not love this as much as Wuthering Heights; however, I did enjoy parts of it. The christian overtones wore a bit thin by the Jane’s adulthood, though.
Her childhood was bleak, and I can relate to the bullying, and the emotional manipulation by family members. I, however, felt remote to this description. I am not sure if Charlotte Brontë was ever abused — surely, as a woman in her time, she was —, but I felt that this was written by someone who read about abuse.
I personalised with her for one small part. When she is thinking of how tiresome her life has become as a teacher, she wants more. I think that we all have wanted more from life than we had at one moment in time; however, the phrasing really grabbed me. She is not just tiresome in an everyday way, but in a caged bird way. She does not conceived a life outside of her school until she is faced with the fact that she has spent a chunk of her life there.
The ‘heartbreak’ was…well-done, but something is off with it. I do not feel for Jane as I felt for Catherine. I know that I should not compare the two, but I do.
Now, for the woman in the attic, what the hell? She is insane, but married. She can commit arson, but cannot find a way out of the house earlier? I find it hard to believe, but it is of the time. I just wanted more thoroughness.
Craft-wise, the sentences are amazing. The peppering of regional terms — again, not as much as her sister as the setting does not permit — adds a bit of life to it. The plot was not so much as predictable, but lazily wound. This is structured very much as a literary fiction book — about the human condition as opposed to specific plot — which I deeply respect, and love.
In short, it was an okay book. I would (and will) reread this, but I have the feeling of ‘have to’ versus ‘want to’. It will not be on my favourites list, but it will be on my most respected.
Pick this up if one has a chance — or read a free e-book to save the few dollars —, and find out which sister is for you.
Be safe. Be loved. Don’t lock anyone in an attic.