Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Government imposed lockdown may be just the time to read or re-read a classic! I’ve just finished a mammoth-sized Anthony Trollope novel named The Way We Live Now which has given me a deeper insight into this great city which I now call home. What’s your fancy? A bit of Dickens’ Bleak House? Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina? A book that I’ll never tire of re-reading is Jane Eyre, and especially the first third of this novel which involves the young Jane and her time at Lowood. I even read this out loud to my teenager when we moved countries, in our other brief period of isolated home-schooling.  I know you will relish Jane’s tribulations of spirit, ‘poor, obscure, plain and little’, ‘a strange child’ who could not be loved, is a hero of mine because of her bravery and intelligence. Jane is humiliated, bullied and subjected to unimaginable cruelty, but goes on to find true friends, to become a governess and to experience passion for a man with a turbulent past.

Reviewed for Zimmermann by Sophie Lee.