So yesterday started the beginning of September and thus the beginning of my epic re-read of Jane Eyre. I’m reading it with what seems to be a great group of fellow bloggers/reviewers/book fans who have congregated over at Entomology of a Bookworm for the Septemb-Eyre (great name, right?) read-along of Jane Eyre.
A bit about me: I have an English education degree and a masters in library science. I taught English for 2 years at a maximum security juvenile prison before deciding to stay home with my daughter. I’ve always loved to read and try to read as much as I can. I’m not the world’s fastest reader, but I get the job done and I enjoy myself while doing it! You can find me on my blog The Bookish Girl Reads On. It’s a new creation. I’ve been wanting a place to talk about what I’ve read and finally found the time and the format to do that!
I have a couple editions of Jane Eyre that I’ll be reading from, but this will be my primary one. It’s cute, right?
This will be my second reading of Jane Eyre. I read it my junior year in college in a Brontes class. That’s right, be jealous, nerds: I took a class that was ONLY focused on the Bronte sisters. I read a selection of juvenilia, poetry, and ALL the Bronte sister novels (ok, that’s a tiny white lie, I really struggled with Villette and didn’t actually finish it…) They are a fascinating bunch of literary gals, and I got to read some wonderful literature. I enjoyed the class (one of the best professors in the department), but I also remember being really overwhelmed through a lot of it. It was a graduate level class (I was a lowly undergrad) and I think we were reading roughly one novel a week (2 weeks for the really long ones). That’s a lot of reading when you also have huge reading loads in your other lit classes the same semester. I’m really looking forward to re-reading this book in a more relaxed atmosphere where I can read it for me. I don’t have to worry about class discussion, professor expectations, or my end-of-semester paper (I wrote about Rochester form Jane Eyre and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights as Byronic heroes if anyone cares).
The lasting impressions I remember from reading this book the first time around was that I really liked it except for a really boring stretch after the halfway point (hopefully it won’t have the same numbing effect on me this time). I also remember getting a major fangirl crush on Rochester (after reading Jane Eyre I reeeeaaaallly don’t get the hype of Mr. Darcy. Rochester would eat him for breakfast). I also remember that the ending was so full of interesting questions that I would have loved to ask and try to answer had I more time and control of the class’ discussion (issues about equality leading to marriage and when is a couple truly equal and was Bronte making a point on this or am I crazy?) I hope I’ve got you hooked for my wrap-up post 🙂
Anyway, I’ve been dying to reread this book, particularly after the film adaptation from a few years ago. I was ticked with the ending of the movie and thought the actress playing Jane was too pretty…I need to re-watch it after a more recent reading to see if I was right.