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Book Review – Jane Eyre

July 20, 2015 1 comment


I have just finished reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It is a very touching rtale of romance .   The language is lucid and descriptive and this grips the readers attention to the end.

The story is a roller-coaster of emotions in the life of Jane as she moves from a traumatic childhood under the care of her cruel, wealthy aunt Mrs.Reed.   Jane Eyre is an orphan of no beauty, wealth, or social standing. She suffers abuse and ill-treatment.  A servant named Bessie provides Jane with some comfort, telling her stories and singing songs to her.

Jane is a sincere, blunt and dignified character whereas Mr. Rochester is domineering and calculative.

She is then sent to Lowood school where she has to cope with a new set of tribulations.  The school’s headmaster is Mr. Brocklehurst, a cruel, hypocritical, and abusive man. Brocklehurst preaches a doctrine of poverty and privation to his students while using the school’s funds to provide a wealthy and opulent lifestyle for his own family.  At Lowood, Jane befriends a young girl named Helen Burns, whose strong, martyrlike attitude toward the school’s miseries is both helpful and displeasing to Jane. She learns a lot of patience and resilience by befriending Helen. A massive typhus epidemic sweeps Lowood, and Helen dies of consumption.

After teaching for two years, Jane yearns for new experiences. She accepts a governess position at a manor called Thornfield, where she teaches a lively French girl named Adèle. The distinguished housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax presides over the estate. Jane’s employer at Thornfield is a dark, impassioned man named Rochester, with whom Jane finds herself falling secretly in love. She saves Rochester from a fire one night, which he claims was started by a drunken servant named Grace Poole. But because Grace Poole continues to work at Thornfield, Jane concludes that she has not been told the entire story. Jane expects Rochester to propose to Blanche. But Rochester instead proposes to Jane, who accepts almost disbelievingly.

After hearing that Mr. Rochester is already married to Bertha. Jane has to go through further trials where she is homeless and forced to beg for a living.  Fortunately she meets with her relatives the “Rivers’ .  One day she finds out that her uncle has left behind a big fortune for her.  She shares this with her new found relatives.  St. John River finds her  a job in India.

One night Jane hears the voice of Mr. Rochester. His wife Bertha has burnt down their house at Thornfield and dies in the fire.Mr. Rochester survives but loses his eyesight and one of his hands.  Jane cannot abandon her one true love and they rebuild their relationship and get married.

Despite being  powerless,  Jane is one of the strongest women characters in fiction and by sticking to her principles she is rewarded with true love.

The Great Divide

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

I am an avid reader and I love reading fiction as well as non-fiction, classics, autobiographies, humour and poetry.  Currently, I am reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.

Nowadays, I am getting sucked into the gadget craze and I am trying my best to keep reading.  Reading has opened up my mind to new worlds, cultures, language and ways of living.  It has taught me more than anything else.

Crime fiction thrillers like Stephen King, Dan Brown, James Patterson, Agatha Christie etc keep me engaged from the start to the end.  Humour from PG Wodehouse, Jerome K Jerome, David Sedaris etc give me a good laugh.   Classics from Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen allow me to get a glimpse of vivid description and language.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and The Chocolate Chip Factory by Roald Dahl take you into a different world and teaches our children to develop creative imagination.

Neil Gaiman gave a talk  on “Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming?” at the Reading Agency Annual lecture.  In this talk he stressed the importance of developing the reading trait in our children so that they have a great future.

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