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Jane Eyre

A few weeks ago I finished reading “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte.

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To be honest, I kind of felt like I’d never finish. I started reading it two weeks before Eid (which was the week we took our trip to Jordan), and you see, we ended up moving, then going on vacation, and then we got back and it was into school and settling into our new neighbourhood…and basically I was totally lazy and didn’t read as much as I wanted to.

Plus, I found that as much as I wanted to get into reading it, sometimes it was just a little “too much” for me sometimes. But I’ve still got to admit that I really liked it. It made me think, it made me happy and frustrated, and I feel a great sense of satisfaction having completed it. It was one of those books that I wanted to read because I’d known a lot about it, but had never read it.

There’s a sense of struggle in the main character (Jane – or “Janet”, as my kindle liked to make the error…) about who she was, is, and wants to become.  It’s interesting to discover how she overcomes certain life obstacles. There are mixed reviews on the way the story ends.  Some people think Jane sells herself short, others think she’s finally figured out what’s important to her… I don’t know where I stand with it, honestly. It made me both content and annoyed at the end. Ask me again in a few months when I’ve had more time to consider it…

Have you read “Jane Eyre”? Did you like it? Thoughts on the ending?

I’m now reading “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity” by Izzeldin Abuelaish.  I’ll keep you posted on it when I’m done, but let me just say that I am LOVING it so far.  So moving, so profound, so educational.

What have you read lately?  Any good suggestions?

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4 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    I can never decide if I like it or not! Doesn’t Rochester call her Janet as a nickname?

  2. Alison says:

    It’s a nickname?! I just thought that the kindle version had an error (which often happens). Weird. Yah I’m still foggy on what I thought of the ending…

  3. Amanda S says:

    I haven’t read Jane Eyre, but I do want to put a few more classics on my list of read books, so perhaps I’ll give it a try.
    Have you read Pride and Prejudice? It’s a pretty good book. Quite different than the movie with Keira Knightly

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