Whether Jane Eyre is a school book you have to read, or one you never had time to pick up, I’d encourage you to give it a try. It speaks of human character, fortitude, reverence, love, forbearance and determination. Take it to heart and it will give you courage to do what’s right. Open your heart to it and it will make you smile.
While not my typical fare, I picked up a copy of the audio book and thought it was quite good. First, my comments on the audio addition.
I’ve listened to a bunch of audio books that ranged from lackluster to amazing. I’d rate the quality of this narration near the top of what I’ve listened to. Suzanne Ericksen pulls off a lovely accent and she easily voices a dozen different characters. She does them so well that you can tell the difference with every voice, each with its own flare. Amazingly enough, she also pulls off phrases in French, German, and perhaps a little Hindi. I was quite impressed.
The book itself is the fictional autobiography of the English woman, Jane Eyre. It’s an account of a woman who leads a difficult life, but struggles through every hurdle cast in front of her while striving to do what is right. My heart instantly fled to her corner, cheering her on with every loss and affliction scored against her. And it rallied with every good thing that came to pass in the life of Ms. Eyre.
It was wonderful to see how Charlotte Bronte infused her characters with life, and grew them through the story line. As you read, you’ll grow to love Mr. Rochester. Along the way, the servants will become dear friends. You’ll appreciate uncles never met. Relatives will be seen in a new light, both good and bad. The goodness of strangers will become important to you, especially contrasted against their indifference. You’ll be wary of school, but see how it can be wonderful. But most of all, with a keen eye, you’ll see that there is a balance of life, and with a good countenance and moral direction, you can sway it to become a good life.
Reading (or listening) to this book will have you cheering, fire you up to righteous anger, and even have you crying tears of joy (and from time to time, sorrow.) It’s a moving tale and ultimately redemptive.