Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Fiction / Classics
First published: 1847
Edition: Clothbound hardback, published by Penguin Classics in 2008
It is never an easy thing rating or ‘judging’ a classic. With Jane Eyre, such a well-loved book, I found it even harder than normal. I picked up this book just as I was entering a reading slump, at a time when I was generally tired and distracted. Maybe this was not the book to read at such a time, but I initially liked it too much to put it away, even though I was only reading a few pages each day.
Certainly the first half of the book I liked a lot. I loved Jane’s character and followed her eagerly from Gateshead to Lowood to Thornfield. I connected with her person and her thoughts and was enjoying her journey through life.
However, I found myself getting a bit annoyed with Jane as she swooned after Mr Rochester. She lost a bit of the sensible character I had liked so much. The way he treats her and the way she treats him frustrated me and I found their relationship a bit irksome. I felt like Jane was turning into a person I no longer connected with.
Her actions following the discovery of Mr Rochester’s actions I did not quite understand and I am sorry to say that I never did regain my connection with her.
I did like the ending of the book, but it did not make up for the loss of sympathy for the main character.
A note on the rating. I based this on how much I enjoyed the book. I will say that this was probably not the best time to read this book, so I hope I can re-read it in the future at a time when it may suit my mood better.
And another note on this Penguin Classics clothbound edition; It is an absolutely beautiful book, but rather unwieldy to read.
4 out of 7 stars