Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Where did I get the book and how many pages?
Kindle version, purchased a year or so ago, with 322 pages. I did notice there was several pages that seemed to repeat in number, so I think that was just a standard thing which can account for font size and other formatting things. I’ve never noticed that before, so maybe it always does it. Hmmm.
Have I read this book before?
About the first 5 pages, but that was it.
What did I already know?
Jane Eyre is a woman who did not have a happy childhood. Other stuff happens that is also not necessarily happy. Charlotte was one of a few writer sisters, with a quirky story as well.
What do I think now?
The first time I picked up this book it was part of an effort on my part to first, read more classic literature, and second read more cheap or free books. I read the first few pages and decided I had no desire to read the depressing tale of an abused child. (Oddly enough, I had a very similar reaction to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.) I can’t say exactly why I gave up. Maybe I was just not in the right mood to enjoy this book the first time.
When I pushed through I began to see a little more than a sad tale of an abused child. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Jane’s life was hard, but it wasn’t just a story about how hard her life was. The story was also about a woman who was strong enough to keep going no matter what happened. She was strong enough to forgive those who wronged her, or maybe just strong enough to forget them. Her life was not easy, but she never gave up.
The writing was a bit flowery for my tastes, but not bad. There was simply a certain point where it was too much. I get it, no one has every loved as you do. You pool of grief is deeper than an ocean. Message received.
Should you read this book before you die?
This is a hard call for me. There is nothing about this book that makes me fall in love. It simply was a story I read. It does however show a great tale of adversity and persistence. Read this book when you feel like you cannot go on anymore, and remember that everyone has those moments where they need to keep going.
For those who are following along, get out your copies of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and start looking for a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.