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review 2018-12-02 10:14
The Saintly St. John Rivers:"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë



(Original Review, 1981-01-31)



Ever since my first reading of Jane Eyre I've always viewed it as an account of the indelible effects of emotional abuse, and as such, a very grim book indeed. The novel opens with a recall of the emotional deprivation the 8-year-old Jane receives daily at the hands of her aunt. The story then continues with Jane's time at Lowood School, an institution devoted not so much to teaching the children of paupers, as to teaching them their place in life.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-12-01 20:33
Jane Eyre (Audiobook)
Jane Eyre (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #17] - Charlotte Brontë

What the hell did I just read?

 

This book is nearly 200-years old, but in case you're like me and know nothing about this book: SPOILERS! You've been warned. :D

 

This book started out with orphaned Jane living with relative-in-laws who barely put up with her, Jane getting into trouble and being sent to a boarding school and ... wait? This is Jane Eyre and not David Copperfield, right? *checks book* Right. And I can tell because it's much better written, has much more interesting and better developed characters and actually gets to a point eventually. 

 

It took me a while to get into this one, until I realized the audiobook playback was just too slow to keep my attention and I sped it up to 1.20x. Wanda McFadden does an excellent job narrating and she does Jane's voice especially well, a crucial detail. Plus, the fire was quite an attention-grabber too. And then it got a little meandering for a few more chapters and then Rochester has a room that he can lock people into and they can't get out! THAT'S NORMAL!

 

At that point, I started to really root for Jane to get the hell out of there, especially as things got even more messed up - and she does! She even stumbles upon a literally found family who treats her well and to whom she can contribute equally, and she gains financial independence to boot! She's scot free! Only she eventually goes back, marries Rochester and lives happily ever after. The End!

 

 

I wanted a gif of someone shaking a book upside down as if looking for more pages, but this one works just as well! Because this book ended and I kept waiting. There had to be another chapter, right? One that started with, "Reader, he locked me in the attic."

 

Though I guess a man locking up his cray-cray Creole wife is totally normal and acceptable behavior for the 1800s. And going after his ward's governess, who is less than half his age and whose name he can't even get right half the time, well that's a time-honored tradition. And who says bigamy can't be romantic? *cough*Outlander*cough* Oh, Janet. I mean Jane, what were you thinking?

 

I take it we have Ms. Brontë to blame for one of my least favorite tropes: the strong independent woman who falls for the thuggish brute. *sigh* And yet Jane is so astute and headstrong and knows her own mind and ambitions so well, I can't hold it against her. If I had only two options and one of them was Rochester and the other was Rivers, I'd choose Rochester too. 

 

WAIT! Hear me out! Because Rivers just wanted her as a project, someone to reform and shape into what he wanted her to be, completely disregarding what she wanted and desired, whereas Rochester wanted her for herself. And at least if she ever goes crazy, she'll have the comforting foreknowledge that Rochester will take care of her at home and not send her off to an asylum. Plus, he's infirm and half-blind, so if she really needed to fight him off, she probably could. Silver linings! I has them!

 

 

Shhh! Katniss, no. We're all sane here. :) (Also not what I was looking for when I searched for gifs of silver linings, but again, I'll take it.)

 

I guess feminism and female power only got you so far in the 1800s. In today's world, I like to think that Jane would've told Rivers to screw himself (well, she does here too), forgot all about Rochester, opened her own school and lived happily ever after.

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text 2018-11-25 19:36
interessante Familiengeschichte
Die Unsterblichen: Roman - Chloe Benjami... Die Unsterblichen: Roman - Chloe Benjamin,Norbert Möllemann,Charlotte Breuer

Das Buch handelt von den Golds, eine jüdische Einwandererfamilie der zweiten Generation, welche in New Yord (lower east side) lebt. An heißen Sommertag in den schier endlos langweiligen Ferien suchen die vier Kinder der Familie Gold eine Wahrsagerin auf - diese hat angeblich die Gabe, den Todestag vorhersagen zu können. In seperaten Sitzungen bekommen die vier Kinder diese Auskunft, die lebensverändernde Folgen haben wird.
In vier Erzählsträngen wird nun das Leben der Geschwister erzählt.

Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist sehr angenehm zu lesen, sodass man nur so durch die Seiten fliegt. Das Thema finde ich sehr interessant und einmal etwas anderes - diese Kombination sorgte dafür, dass ich das Buch kaum noch aus der Hand legen konnte.
Das Buch sorgt auch beim Leser für Tiefgang - was würde man tun, würde man seinen Todestag kennen?

Tolles Leseerlebnis.

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text 2018-11-24 05:45
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text 2018-10-07 21:55
My September 2018
Bonfire – Sie gehörte nie dazu: Thriller - Krysten Ritter,Norbert Möllemann,Charlotte Breuer
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon,G. Willow Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona
Moxie. Zeit, zurückzuschlagen - Jennifer Mathieu,Alice Jakubeit
Clean - Christel Kröning,Juno Dawson
Bonfire – Sie gehörte nie dazu - 3.5 stars
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - 5 stars
Moxie. Zeit, zurückzuschlagen - 5 stars
Clean - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Moxie, Clean, and Ms. Marvel (always)

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Flugangst 7A, Ghachar Ghochar, Power Woman

 

Theme of the month, starting ALL the books, finishing only half of them.
My wrap ups this year are mostly me crying about how little I'm reading. I don't like it. On the other hand, if I would make a tv show wrap up with all the episodes I have watched, we would all see, why I only finish three or four books a month. UGH.

 
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