Jane Eyre, a psychological romance based on the life of an orphan Jane Eyre became the best seller of 1847 when it was released. Theres a funny story to it though. When the book was released the reviews were favorable but there was much speculation on the sexuality/gender of the author. When it was established that the book was written by a woman, the reviews instantly went sour. A woman writing on bold issues esp sexual, maybe thats what triggered the change in tones of her reviews. But as maney said its the best domestic romance one can get to read. The story is youthful and vibrant based on early 1800s in Northern England.
Jane Eyre has a difficult childhood, both in her aunts place and then the orphanage she is sent to. The orphanage plays a bigger part in shaping her character and future. The beauty with which Charlotte Bronte narates the story gives it a stronger appeal. Infact she is so powerfull and strong in her appeal, one just flows in her sentimentalities and supports the character strongly. Jane struggles throughout her life, as a young girl or an adult for a home, a place of her own, a family. Her wishes and fantasies are ordinary, mundane. But everything that she gets in life or experiences is always extra ordinary. Jane is potrayed as a normal ordinary looking girl. Charlotte Bronte fought against the concept of a beautiful heroine.
Its the story of a difficult childhood, a story of a struggle for first love. Its a story of entwingles and complex relationships. Just when she is certain of getting her love, just when she knows that its the last path she has to travel before she is in her lovers arms, fate plays the biggest trick it can on anyone. The story depicts the power of love, the all embracing love that truely moves you from within.
The narration as well as the language used in book have strong visual impact. The simplicity of the story and language makes you feel you are actually there witnessing the drama.
Jane Eyre is autobiographical too. There are too many parallels one can draw between her real life and the fictitious character in her book.
If stories with social relevance with a backdrop of romance fascinate you or its plain romance that sways you, this is a must read. Its a true classic.