“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë

Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
First Published: 1847
Language: English
Pages: 652

As an orphan, Jane's childhood is full of trouble, but her stubborn independence and sense of self help her to steer through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. A position as governess at the Thornfield Hall promises a kind of freedom. But Thornfield is a house full of secrets, its master a passionate, tormented man, and before long Jane faces her greatest struggle in a choice between love and self-respect.

I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this book before I even started reading Jane Eyre, but to enjoy it as much as I did? No, I didn't expect it to be this magnificent.

I could relate to Jane, which is quite incredible considering the fact that this was written in 1847. It seems that human beings don't change over the centuries as much as one may think. On the other hand, I was rather jealous of Jane. Not the kind of jealous which means that I wish I was her, but the kind that wishes to be as independent and as forgiving as Jane was, but most of all, I wish I could chase my dreams as passionately as Jane chased hers.

I went in this book not knowing anything about it. Ever since my lecturer once told me that reading the "introduction" ruined the whole experience of reading a classic, I never bother to read them. That also means that I didn't know this masterpiece had a dark side to it. A very welcome side if you ask me. I couldn't have chosen a better time to read it.

I'd also like to mention that, in my case,  it wasn't difficult to read this novel at all. I was afraid that I would have a hard time understanding half of what was being said considering the fact that English is not my native tongue, but the third language I learned. That was not the case at all. That was quite a pleasant surprise to be honest.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading classics but doesn't quite know where to start, as well as anyone who enjoys reading classics.

Rating:  ★★★★★

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