Rating: 5 / 5
JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë was the September book pick for the #classicsbuddyread hosted by @freefallinreader. This was actually my second time reading this book this year as I had read it on audio for a book challenge in my pre-bookstagram days, but I welcomed the chance to go through it with a buddy read group in order to participate in the chats.
JANE EYRE follows the title character, beginning as a girl who has been orphaned and left to live with her aunt who has no care for her young charge. Jane is eventually sent off to a boarding school for girls where conditions are less than charitable. Jane is treated poorly by the man in charge and continues to feel the part of the outcast. In rough circumstances, Jane has a fighting spirit and she eventually finds her way into a better position first teaching at the school and then finding employment at Thornfield Hall, for the charge of Mr. Rochester. Her circumstances are still less than ideal and there are secrets being kept that Jane must uncover.
I really can’t believe it took me this long to read JANE EYRE. While it has hits slow points here and there, I really connected with the character of Jane. The story is told from her perspective and her often snarky interior monologue is endearing. In a world where destitute women are left with few options to support themselves, Jane takes initiative to find ways to better her situation which shows great strength. Rereading this so shortly after reading a fictional account of Charlotte Brontë’s life in THE VANISHED BRIDE by Bella Ellis made it especially fun.