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Penguin Classics Jane Eyre [Hardcover]

Charlotte Bronte
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Oct. 26 2010 Penguin Classics
Part of "Penguin's" beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Charlotte Bronte's first published novel, "Jane Eyre" was immediately recognised as a work of genius when it appeared in 1847. Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. How she takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage are elements in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her sex in Victorian society.

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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë."
--Virginia Woolf


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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It is Jane Eyre, sir Jan. 11 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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It's hard to imagine a better gothic romance than "Jane Eyre" -- gloomy vast houses, mysterious secrets, and a brooding haunted man with a dark past.

In fact, Charlotte Bronte's classic novel has pretty much everything going for it -- beautiful settings, a passionate romance tempered by iron-clad morals, and a heroine whose poverty and lack of beauty only let her brains and courage shine brighter. And it's all wrapped in the misty, haunting atmosphere of a true gothic story -- madwoman in the attic and all.

Jane Eyre was an orphan, abused and neglected first by relatives, then by a boarding school run by a tyrannical, hypocritical minister. But Jane refuses to let anyone shove her down -- even when her saintly best friend dies from the wretched conditions.

But many years later, Jane moves on by applying to Thornfield Hall for a governess position, and gets the job. She soon becomes the teacher and friend to the sprightly French girl Adele, but is struck by the dark, almost haunted feeling of her new home.

Then she runs into a rather surly horseman -- who turns out to be her employer, Mr. Rochester, a cynical, embittered man who spends little time at Thornfield. They are slowly drawn together into a powerful love, despite their different social stations -- and Rochester's apparent attentions to a shallow, snotty aristocrat who wants his wealth and status.

But strange things are happening at Thornfield -- stabbings, fires, and mysterious laughter. Jane and Rochester finally confess their feelings to each other, but their wedding is interrupted when Rochester's dark past comes to light. Jane flees into the arms of long-lost family members, and is offered a new life -- but her love for Rochester is not so easily forgotten...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Dec 24 2012
Format:Paperback
You cannot go wrong with this book. A classic read with unforgettable characters. If you are craving a good literary fiction, this one is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Love Story Ever April 14 2014
By Elune
Format:Hardcover
Jane Eyre is probably one of the characters I identify the most with. Her story, one of the best ever told. I adore this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the convenience! Dec 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourite books from the first moment I read it and to now have a copy for my tablet that allows me to have it wherever I go is just an added bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eBook Edition Nov. 10 2013
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.The eBook version was free and it worked very well! I don't need to specify anything else since eBook is eBook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Classic Gift Nov. 6 2013
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This little hardcover is very charming, and comes with a ribbon for place-keeping. I'm giving it as a gift to my 10-year-old niece, who is sure to love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read Aug. 5 2013
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Love the story, it takes some time to "get over" the old language, but loved it! A story that needs to be read over more than once in your lifetime.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Jane Eyre" is one of the world's best-loved classic novels for so many reasons.

It's an exciting piece of feminist literature written at a time when feminist literature was little known and even more poorly accepted.

That it is a semi-autobiographical novel written by a staunchly, independent female author who herself was struggling to survive by her own wits and means and stand on her own two feet makes the story all the more poignant and compelling.

While it is a prime example of Gothic romance peppered with the typical fixtures of a Gothic novel - the spectral Thornfield manor that seems to attain a life of its own; the allusions to mythological characters such as ghosts and vampires; the uncanny timing of such weather phenomenon as lightning or a chilling, drenching downpour to accompany major events in the novel - it also breaks new ground in that it avoids some of the typical conventions of Victorian literature.

And, finally, it is a piece of masterful story-telling built around larger than life characters that for over 150 years has enchanted readers of all ages and thrilled watchers of numerous television and movie adaptations.

For those few of you that have yet to read this wonderful novel, the story can be summarized quickly enough. A dying father extracts a death bed promise from his sister to raise his infant daughter, Jane Eyre. The sister, a spiteful and mean spirited woman grows to hate the obligation that Jane represents and soon sends her away to a boarding school. (Did anyone else have flashbacks to Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby when they were reading this portion of the novel?
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3.0 out of 5 stars jane Eyre
I found this book to be far to long and boring to read. There is to much description on every page to enjoy it..Almost wanted to even skip chapters
Published 13 months ago by Darlene Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written classic. I couldn't put it down. It took me a bit to catch on to the old english style but once I did I couldn't believe the gem I'd "discovered". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tannis
3.0 out of 5 stars Upside down :(
I ordered this because I wanted to re-read one of my favourite novels. When I opened the front cover, I saw that the pages were in upside down! Read more
Published 21 months ago by tints
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre, Bronte's Best
I studied the novel Jayne Eyre while in high-school and loved it. Since then I have re-read it several times and have also seen four different versions of the movie plus a... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2012 by Therese
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
I received all three books - which are all brand-new, in great time, even with the long weekend. Thank you very much. Read more
Published on April 26 2011 by CatLady
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story
This is my favourite novel, and I have many editions of this text. This one came with many great discussion questions for classes or book groups. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2011 by A. De Palma
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest of the Victorian Novels
Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' has pretty much everything going for it - beautiful settings, a passionate romance tempered by iron-clad morals, and a heroine whose poverty and lack... Read more
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