Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre

Review From User :

i love this novel. it's predictable in its "romantic" plotline (except for the whole "bluebeard" thang with bertha in the attic) and yet intricate in its scope. i love the religious undertones (and not so subtle overtones - i.e. the name "helen burns"), the symbolism (fire! birds! animals! the forest!). i even love mr. rochester and all his mindgamery.

still, what resonates best for me are the glimpses into a long dead past. like, physiognomy! those crazy 19th century bastards and their need to dictate personality based on physical attributes! how quaint!

also, someone PLEASE tell me. what the hell is up with ending the novel with that letter from st. john it bugs me EVERY time i read this novel. EVERY time.

but seriously, someone should study the neurotic undercurrents in jane's artwork. that girl's got some sick shit she's trying to work through.

This charming book proves the author’s status as one of the greatest Victorian novelists. It tells the story of an orphan girl turned governess who overcomes hardships and setbacks to marry her beloved employer, Mr Rochester. It is also a passionate expression of the rights of women who lacked the money and social connections to make their voices heard:’Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, and full as much heart!’

Jane Eyre (1994, BBC Radio 4, starring Ciaran Hinds, Sophie Thompson)