Jane Eyre would have every reason to be embittered. Orphaned before the age of two, she spends the first part of her life with her abhorrent Aunt Reed and heartless cousins John, Eliza and Georgiana. Suffering from the total lack of love, Jane jumps at the chance to leave her family and attend the grim Lowood school where living conditions are harsh and treatment of the pupils, severe. After eight years at Lowood, Jane takes a post as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Initially life is very pleasant. “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine,” says Jane. But then she meets the mysterious Mr Rochester and they fall helplessly in love. Is there finally a happy ending in sight for poor Jane?
What makes this gothic romance such a brilliant read is Jane Eyre herself. As she struggles to find her place in the world and her sense of family, we too can identify with these struggles. She is just an ordinary girl, but with what character! “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little I am soulless and heartless?” she cries. “You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart!” How can you fail to love such a passionate soul?
Publisher: Penguin Books