Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

A book review of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3/5 stars

Working on my resolutions, I recently finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Truthfully, I had started the book a year ago. Then, the reader’s block kicked in. I picked it up again with the sole aim to complete it, and I did!

The book is about the life of an orphan, Jane Eyre. At a very young age, she is forced to live with cruelty in her Aunt Reed’s household. Soon, she is sent off to Lowood Charity School for her education, and she has trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of the school. Despite all these hardships, Jane graduates and gets recruited as a teacher in the same school. When a better offer comes along with the post of a Governess, she leaves for Thornfield where she meets Mr. Rochester. And the tale of love and dark secrets begins…

The main characters in this book are lovely. You admire and fall in love with Jane’s spirit. You can’t help but fall in love with the way Mr. Rochester loved Jane. And despite all the shortcomings, you would like to forgive them all. The love is strong with this one.

Jane Eyre is a ride. I remember, when I first started this book, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading it. The struggles of Jane, the unhappiness in her life, it was very well expressed. I was finding the narration quite engaging and impressive. I gobbled up the first half in two weeks. And then returned the reading slump. I couldn’t read it, I couldn’t read any book. So now, a year later, I picked it up and decided to give it another chance. Did I like the second half of the book? No. I found it very difficult to read. My interest kept dwindling off after every few paragraphs. The story wasn’t enticing anymore. The narration seemed boring, the writing quite difficult. And who mentions that the book has a happy ending in the blurb cover? Hello, every heard of spoiler alert? Overall, I came to the conclusion that this was an okay read. I am quite glad I completed this book, though. It was loving, a bit heartbreaking but an okay read. The one thing I can certainly say I like in classics is their dialogue exchanges. Oh, they can make anyone go weak in the knees!