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Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

by Charlotte Brontë, F H. Townsend

BiblioLife | January 12, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography is rated 4.3939 out of 5 by 33.
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 546 pages, 2.93 × 3.81 × 0.43 in

Published: January 12, 2010

Publisher: BiblioLife

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1142239632

ISBN - 13: 9781142239633

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Romantic and naive story. But what a narration! Miss Bronte was an excellent writer, very couraegous too. It was brave to write such an emancipatory book at victorian era. Oh, and this humour! Subtly cynical. I could see Charlotte Bronte winking at me while I was reading
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! Jane survives her neglectful and cruel family only to find her true heart's desire become unattainable. Escaping into the wilderness, she finds herself settling for another only to hear the siren call of her lover again. Will all turn out as it should? Truly a delightful read.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glad I read it. 3.5 stars Jane was an orphan, raised by an aunt who really didn't want to raise her. At 10 years old, Jane was shipped off to a boarding school for orphans. At 18, after she'd been teaching at that school for a couple of years, Jane became a governess. The story continues to follow Jane through other events in her young life. It was good, though there were parts that dragged a bit for me and I found my mind wandering. I could have done without the religious stuff, but I enjoyed the turns that Jane's life took. Unfortunately, the book did feel long, and it took me a long time to read. In part, I can blame the holidays, but even the time I spent reading, it took longer to read a certain number of pages than it often does for me. However, overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2012-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Read my review of Brontë's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/04/jane-eyre-by-charlotte-bront.html
Date published: 2012-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A timeless classic Jane Eyre was born poor. When she was very young her parents died and her uncle, who was wealthy, had her come and live with his family. However her uncle died and Jane was not wanted in the household. Her cousins were not kindly towards her and she suffered abuse from her male cousin and aunt. Fairly soon she was sent off to a boarding school. The boarding school was austere but Jane loved to learn and 'turned out' fairly well. After finishing school she stayed to teach but soon grew bored and placed an ad for a position of governess. She found herself as a governess to Mr. Rochester's ward at Thornfield. But all is not as it seems, there is a very strange woman servant who works in the attic. A strange man appears one day and disappears with Mr. Rochester only to turn up injured. The doctor visits to patch him up and he then is spirited away. Jane grows steadily in love with Mr. Rochester. This novel was written in the 19th century when women were little more than a man's possession. Jane is a strong-willed feminine character. She is not afraid of going it alone and has strong principles. There were several situations where it would have been so much simpler to just give in. Even the male characters have something to learn, mostly humility. I had never read this book before and was enthralled. It is an ageless book full of strong characters, good and evil, romance and mystery.
Date published: 2011-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it Jane Eyre being classic it feels like if you don't like it you have no taste. For me I enjoyed it at certain points while at others it just felt like it was too long. (And it was a long book, my copy was over 600 pages.) The characterization in the novel is amazing and definitely the high point of the novel. Though the intrigue and mystery is also really good, too. Overall, I liked it but it just took me such a long time to read.
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic! Classic. Although I'm not a fan of Mr.Rochester, i love the story.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't hate me So I I'm sure I will get the WHATS WRONG WITH YOU stares for this rating but I have to say that I really didn't like this book. The reason I wanted to read this is because I read Jane by April Lindner and I LOVED that book and I know that was a modern retelling of Jane Eyre so I thought I would love this book as well but all I got was a bored out of my wits mode. I really wanted to like this and by all the amazing reviews I had some high hopes but this book fell flat for me, sorry everyone I know this is a major classic and it seems everyone but me liked this book but I don't. I think one of the main problems was the fact this is a very old book and I don't do well with those but I wanted to give it a shot anyway and I'll try some others in the futur as well but this book was a miss for me. :0)
Date published: 2011-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a character I can actually look up to It's such a shame that most main characters in modern literature don't have the audacity, willpower or strength of character that Jane Eyre seems to have in surplus. A well-crafted novel with great magnitude and a fantastic voice, this book was what really got me into classic literature. If you think classic literature is boring - or if you're just reading these reviews to pass English class - I highly suggest you pick this book up ASAP. It will change your outlook on History and modern life.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect Jane Eyre is a beautiful story, both tragic and bittersweet. The story is written in a sort of journal format. Jane Eyre basically is telling the reader her life story which includes the ravishing, and hauntingly Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester. The story is dark and beautiful, and with strange events occurring it makes you want to keep on reading.
Date published: 2011-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Historical perspective Returning to a novel years later often brings about startling revelations, not only about the work in question, but our own evolution and perspectives. Returning to Charlotte Bronte’s much-loved Jane Eyre is no exception. This recent reading is my fourth or fifth (memory fails). I first read Jane Eyre as a young girl at boarding school (Havergal), and I remember being swept away in the comparative study of the Bronte sisters. Perhaps it was because the melodramatic romance appealed to a young girl’s impressionable (little say hormonal) ideals of love and relationships. I suppose that response was no different than today’s young girls swooning over the pages of the Twilight saga. However, at the age of 55, ears all dry, with a modicum of cynicism and experience clearing my vision, I found myself sorely disappointed with Jane Eyre. This comes as an enormous surprise to me. I adore 19th century writing for the most part. So why this time disenchanted with this epic love story? I suppose I found the religious undertone unpalatable. That Charlotte Bronte should have written with such evangelic fervour shouldn’t startle; she was the daughter of an Irish Anglican clergyman. And given much of the foundation of Jane Eyre is likely autobiographical (raised by a disinterested aunt, attended an indigent girl’s school), Charlotte Bronte likely clung to Christian tenants as solace and anchor. Then there was the question of author intrusion and lack of subtlety. Where Charlotte’s sister, Emily Bronte, demonstrates a more subtle hand in Wuthering Heights, and generally allows her characters to tell the story, Charlotte prefers an iron frying pan over the head, not just once, but continually so that she not only hits her readers with the obvious, but bludgeons them. In style of prose once again Charlotte resorts to a heavy hand, indulging in pontificating asides and convoluted phraseology, so that she uses the medium of her novel more as a vehicle to voice her own opinions and prejudices, than as a literary medium. Certainly that penchant for soapbox isn’t unique to Charlotte Bronte. Many writers of the 19th century (and even today) deliver warnings and spotlights on the state of society through their prose. There is a difference, however, between illuminating an aspect of society, and preaching. So, would I recommend you read Jane Eyre? Absolutely. Go now, purchase a copy, whether in print or digital format, and consume every word. Why? Because you should. Because in reading Jane Eyre you discover another element in the genesis of modern romantic writing, a lens on 19th century English life, and a fascinating discovery of the author herself.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I first read this book when I was in Grade 8 and have read this book a few times since then. One thing I like about the story is that while the story ends up in a fairy tale manner, the two main characters are anything but what we imagine our "fairy tale" characters to be like. Jane is a plain individual, who has a difficult past and who is trying to escape it by any way imaginable. Mr. Rochester isn't the dashing man who has money; he is moody and temperamental, with secrets of his own that he wants to desperately to hide at all costs. While I have read this book only a few times, the book still remains one of my favourites and would recommend it to anybody who loves to read and needs a good read for the summer or hasn't read a piece of classic Victorian literature. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even more so than Wuthering Heights. WH was good too, but I enjoy reading something a little more cheerful, and this one was excellent.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gah! That's IT! I'm officially hooked on classic novels! Someone get me Pride and Prejudice pronto!
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Loved it!, This turned out to be an exceptional book though I didn't think so in the beginning. By what seems the hundredth page, I had decided it was a feminine version of David Copperfield but not as interesting. By the hundred and fiftieth page, I was completely discouraged and was sure it had turned into the very romantic mush I detest (a lot of what she feels about him and what he feels about her, and so on). Somewhere soon after that, I fell in and was absorbed. It became a tremendously good book with a fantastic plot and a good pace. I read for hours and hours at a sitting enjoying every single minute of it and only stopped when something absolutely forced me. Excellent, excellent! Jane Eyre is an orphaned child under the guardianship of her maternal aunt. Not liked by her aunt and not able to get along with her cousins, Jane is sent to Lowood School for the children of the poor (it is a charity school) to be taught the fundamentals and, more importantly, to be conditioned for a life of poor expectations. Lowood changes the strong willed, impetuous Jane into a woman of uncommon restraint. When she accepts a post as governess to Adele at Thornfield Hall, she attracts the attention of Mr. Rochester, the master of the house, who has the desire to reclaim himself from a sordid past. He comes to believe that Jane has the power to transform him and help him to realize himself in the better light that he has not heretofore been able to achieve on his own. But his secrets are not far away and peculiar events at Thornfield make the reader question his advances. Sworn not to ask about who or what is in the room on the third floor, Jane's iron resolve begins to falter with the dreamlike romance and the reader begins to trepiditiously hope for her happiness. When Mr. Rochester is unable to keep his past under wraps, however, Jane is forced onto a path that will require all of her internal resources to survive but will ultimately put her in the position to make choices for herself rather than just choose among available options. The question is, with her conditioning, can she lead with her heart instead of her head? My only legitimate greivance, and given only in the vein of humour, is that is seems like Jane would have taught Adele some English. The child speaks only in French and myself not being able to read French, I did not understand anything the child ever said. Luckily, her exuberance and intent still comes through and the reader can develop a softness for the child without understanding her dialogue.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from really nice love story I was required to read this book for an English class and I thought that the story of Jane Eyre was very romantic, and protrayed the essence of true love. The only thing that I did not find too appealing was the writing style. This story is written in the 19th century and therefore is written in the same language of that time. I think it was perhaps due to the fact that this was the first time I had read a book in such a style. Overall though, it was a great story to read.
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Welcome to Jane's world... If you liked Jane Austen (anything by her, really) but thought it seemed a little bit too much like fluffy chick-lit rather than something with a substantial plot, you will love 'Jane Eyre.' (I'm not hating on Austen, mind you, because I do love her.) A rather serious book, 'Jane Eyre' shows us that strength, confidence and pure love can be found within ourselves, if only we have the courage to look into our hearts. The novel follows Jane throughout her life from a young age to her marriage. An orphan who has found herself unwanted by her aunt, Jane is shipped off to boarding school, and her adventure begins. She teaches a young French girl, she discovers the mystery of the attic, she finds the family she's always dreamed of, and of course, she learns to love. Give yourself some time with this one. The writing, like Austen, is not something you can skim if you want to get the true feeling of the novel. This particular edition contains endnotes that explain imagery and allusions that may not make themselves immediately clear to the reader, as well as explaining social constructs and aspects of Victorian life.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Heroine in Fiction Jane Eyre is a poor & plain governess who, after surviving a wretched childhood as an orphan, is given a chance at happiness only to have it snatched away by cruel circumstances. A gothic tale of mystery and love against the odds, the centre of this story is Jane Eyre, a remarkable and compassionate young woman who refuses to become jaded and angry, and who holds her head up with dignity despite cruel treatment from those above her in the social hierachy.
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from jane eyre i thought the book would be stuffy and dull but found it one of the best books i ever read any thoughts ?
Date published: 2008-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece of human dignity & strength Jane Eyre is a poor & plain governess who, after surviving a wretched childhood as an orphan, is given a chance at happiness only to have it snatched away by cruel circumstances. A gothic tale of mystery and love against the odds, the centre of this story is Jane Eyre, a remarkable and compassionate young woman who refuses to become jaded and angry, and who holds her head up with dignity despite cruel treatment from those above her in the social hierachy.
Date published: 2008-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovable! This remains my favourite story of all time. I have read this book countless times, and will continue to do so. I absolutely adore the witty banter, the realistic yet intriguing characters, the ethical entanglements, and the emotion. I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their purpose — be it intellectual or diversion.
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER I have read a lot of books writen from the time period. This is the best book I have ever read and will be one I read again and again.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! Enduring! My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre. I love Charlotte Bronte's rendering of time and place. The feeling of the moors, the cold, the poverty. Here is the first paragraph: "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering. Indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question." Bronte uses vivid words to draw you into her world: '...cold winter wind, clouds so sombre, rain so penetrating..." Reading that, I'm tempted to go put on a sweater. Jane Eyre is the story of a young orphan raised by a cruel and wealthy aunt. Her only real friend is Bessie, a servant, who on occasion tells her stories and sings to her. A time comes when Jane clashes with her cousin, a bully named John Reed and she is punished by being locked in the red-room where Uncle Reed died. John sees her uncle's ghost, and faint. It is decided Jane should be sent away to a school, which makes Jane very happy. Alas, at Lowood School, under the headmaster Mr. Brocklehurst, a cruel and sadistic man, under the guise of righteousness, creates inhumane conditions for the girls there, while his own family lives in grand style. And so the story unfolds. Jane grows up under the harshest of conditions and becomes a teacher at the school for a time. Then one day she decides she has had enough and decides to take other employment and applies for a job at a manor called Thornfield, as a governess. There, she meets an empassioned man name Mr. Rochester. The story is drawn in part from her own life, and her time in Villette where she met and fell in love with a married man. Even though the ending may be something less than realistic, even fantastical, Jane Eyre is a mysterious, beautiful love story none-the-less, which explains why generations of girls and women continue to be captivated and enchanted by the story of Jane Eyre, a plain woman but with a beautiful soul and dignity, told by the gifted Charlotte Bronte in her masterful writing style, with all the passion of her young and longing heart.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down the only was to desctribe this novel is with one word: fantastic! from the moment i opened it until the moment i closed it i was completely drawn in. it is a rare thing to find in a novel when you enjoy it as well as it is written. this book is meant, i feel, for people of all walks of life because everyone can relate to the novels subject matter which is, in essence, all of the basic human emotions that people confront on a day to day basis.
Date published: 2008-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Wanted it to End... Great on every count!!! Romance, Mystery, Historical, You name it, it has it. Keeps you up until 12:00 hanging off the edge of your seat. It shows excellent character development. It's slow change from hardship to great compassion leaves a nice twist and a unforgettable ending.
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jane Eyre Best book I've ever read.
Date published: 2007-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way to go Bronte! Jane Eyre is a wonderfully beautiful book written by nineteenth century revered author, Charlotte Bronte. In a story about love, hatred, lust, and life itself, I was truly enticed, and was not able to put the book down at all. My favourite book of all-time, next to The Book Thief, Jane Eyre can only merit 5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it to all readers, teens and adults alike.
Date published: 2007-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perfect Story When Jayne was four years old, her parents died. Jayne's uncle and aunt adopts her. But soon after she is adopted, her uncle dies. This is bad news for Jayne, for the only reason she was living with them was because of her uncle. Once he is dead, she has less rights than a servant and is forced to sleep in the cellar, where the coffin of her Uncle is. Convinced she is going crazy, the doctor makes a trip to the house. He decides that she is in need of school. Right away, Jayne leaves the house and goes to an all girl school. There she meets her best friend, and has an incredible education. But after a few years, a deadly disease kills half the population of the school, and once again Jayne is alone in the world. Time goes on, and Jayne gets married. The only problem is that she has no idea how to relate with men. She never grew up with them, so they were basically like a foreign species to her. This was probably the reason why she was unable to sustain relationships. This is a wonderful book, perfect for any girl.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific this books was amazing, i read it last summer and couldn't put it down. Accually it took a little while to get into it but turned out fantastic
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic of 19th century Jane Eyre is one of the classics of 19th century English literature. It is not possible to judge the book by today's literary standards; books must be judged in their own time and social setting. The language is, at times, tedious, and the plot absurd - with impossible coincidences, but, to English readers of the mid 19th century , these were accepted and demanded. The characters are well drawn and the atmosphere is vivid. Miss Eyre is a strong character who proves that the good and honest will prevail in God's good time. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a better appreciation of the evolution of literature. I read the Everyman edition and found the notes to be helpful.
Date published: 2005-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Classic Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" has remained one of the most well-loved novels in English literature even 150 years after its first publication. This is because issues that the book deals with cross over time, age, gender and culture. These issues - earning an honest living, people's place in society, love, honour, family, pride, religion still fill up our day-to-day lives. Combine these elements with a gothic background, an intelligent, fiercly independent herione, a mysterious Byronic hero and Bronte's fluid writing style and you have...the perfect classic! This is the kind of book you can read over and over again and discover something new each time. If you have never read classics, this is an excellent book to start with.
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helpful The Coles notes help to give a better understanding of the book. Very helpful indeed.
Date published: 2000-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jane Eyre Dear Readers, Jane Eyre a most rich book in content and spirit is my favorite book. I have read books by the hundreds and yet I cannot compare any other book to the famous book that Charlotte Bronte. Her words have captivated my soul and allowed my to vision myself in the story. Her style is rich and amazing. Mr Rochester can be clearly visualized as a "man of wax". He is strong, supportive and passionate. Jane Eyre, his wife in the end, is the most complex character that I've ever met! Hopefully, when you read the book, you will like it as much as I did.
Date published: 1999-09-04

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Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

by Charlotte Brontë, F H. Townsend

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 546 pages, 2.93 × 3.81 × 0.43 in

Published: January 12, 2010

Publisher: BiblioLife

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1142239632

ISBN - 13: 9781142239633

About the Book

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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