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September Books 16) Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

It is over 25 years since I last read this book; it was one of our set texts for Eng Lit O-level, so I remembered it as a source of material for essay-writing rather than as an actual reading pleasure. I had forgotten quite a lot of it:
  1. that little Adèle is probably Rochester's illegitimate daughter
  2. the whole death scene of Jane's aunt
  3. Jane's inheritance from the uncle in Madeira
  4. that Jane is actually a rather sassy, assertive teenager, who knows what is best for her and, very gracefully, refuses to take crap from anyone (though like her author she is a bit of a snob and racist)
  5. the repeated instances of the supernatural - prophetic dreams, culminating in her hearing Rochester call to her from a hundred miles away - which make it a magical rather than realistic novel
  6. that it is actually a very enjoyable book.
My Penguin edition has an excellent introduction and a few well-considered endnotes by Queenie Leavis, which shed extra light on the text without showing off the editor's command of trivia. Brilliant stuff.
Tags: bookblog 2009, rereads, writer: charlotte bronte
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