27 June 2007

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Date: June 27, 2007
Recommendation: surprisingly wonderful

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Think of Charlotte Bronte as the Venus to Emily's Serena. Or if you will, the Eli to Emily's Payton. Actually, I'm not sure the comparison is apt, since there is also Anne to consider. Moreover, Eli Manning is hardly worthy of Jane Eyre if Payton has Wuthering Heights.

If you have not read Jane Eyre, I would strongly urge you to do so. The romance meets gothic novel is as readable today as when it was written over 150 years ago. Few novels have received such critical and popular acclaim as Jane Eyre.

The story is 1 part Anne of Green Gables, 2 parts Danielle Steel and 1/4 Stephen King. The novel's first person narrative lends the reader to feel an immediate attachment to Jane and her struggle through many personal, moral and spiritual struggles.

A note that I did want to make was how well literary characters handle themselves under stressful situations. Perhaps it was the influence of the 19th Century society, but usually when I am in an argument, my vocabulary or disposition is never so calm as these Victorian heroines. Perhaps what I'm saying here is there may a market for modernizing these classics by allowing Jerry Springer's guests to reinterpret them for Broadway.




"....your will shall decide your destiny."

7 comments:

mel said...

I'm so glad you liked this. It really is a superb book and one that I've found people often underrate. Characters as dense and fully formed as Jane are a rare find.

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