I am a reader that tries out pretty much every genre, but I typically do not venture into romance. I may get a little bit of this when I am reading mysteries, such as in the In Death series, or when I am reading fantasy, such as with the Anita Blake series. I do like classics, and I have had Jane Eyre in my to-be-read pile for quite a while but never really got around to read it. Until now. The reason I decided to go for it is somewhat embarrassing. I wanted to start reading the Thursday Next series, and the first book has to do with this classic novel.
I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this novel was. Bronte delivers the story through the first person narrative by Jane Eyre and this works extremely well. Jane experiences a myriad of emotions and her life story is full of up and downs. We truly get to see the best and worst of humankind, and we are presented with contrasts that are as clear as day. Love and hate, hope and despair, kindness and vindictiveness, self-confidence and doubt are only some of the examples.
You can think of this story as similar to a soap-opera but without any of the cheesiness that characterizes these. There are vivid descriptions of Jane living in horrendous conditions and enduring abuse, about her fighting back and standing on her own, about discovering love and friendship, and there are also some mystery elements and machinations throughout the book. There is even a tiny bit of supernatural elements in the story.
Overall a very enjoyable read. I was truly entertained and I am very happy I decided to finally sit down and read this work.