#152 – Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
- Read: 11/6/17 – 11/12/17
- Challenge: Mount TBR (139/150)
- Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading classics, for me, is so hit or miss about whether or not I’ll like them. But I have Ruined, a Regency-era retelling of JE on my Beat the Backlist challenge, because its author is a Tumblr buddy of mine.
So if I’m going to read the retelling, I should read the original first, right? And I did.
I didn’t expect to love it. But I did.
Jane is such a compelling narrator that I can easily forgive the long passages of description that, in other novels, would feel like artificial bloat.
And while I was already aware of the mid-story twist, Rochester’s mad wife in the attic, I didn’t know how the story would end, so for the second half I was racing through to see what circumstances might bring Jane back to Rochester, if any. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen, and that’s pretty refreshing for me.
Beyond that, I’m not even sure I can describe why I loved this book so much. But I do.