Thursday, February 25, 2010

Books Everyone Should Read: Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusiasm drew both praise and bitter criticism, while Charlotte Brontë's striking expose of poor living conditions for children in charity schools as well as her poignant portrayal of the limitations faced by women who worked as governesses sparked great controversy and social debate. Jane Eyre, Brontë's best-known novel, remains an extraordinary coming-of-age narrative, and one of the great classics of literature.

My favorite of all the Bronte sisters' novels, Jane Eyre is a book that holds your attention all the way through-- and that is something given its lenght. You can of course download it as a free ebook from several sites. Follow the link to the Feedbooks edition.

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