Between the Lines Book Club: Jane Eyre

between the lines book club logoI am so excited about our October book, because it happens to be one of my favorites. We’ll be reading Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Our next meeting is at Arden Dimick Library on October 28th, 2017 at 10:30AM.

Jane Eyre was first published on October 16, 1847 under the name Currer Bell. It was a more or less instant hit, which allowed Charlotte Bronte to know a significant measure of fame before her early death at the age of 38. It tells the story of an English governess who is “small, plain, and friendless” who becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, home of the mysterious Mr. Rochester.

I love all of Jane Eyre but I have to admit that it takes a while to get going. Here is my top-secret tip – if you get stuck, skip ahead to Chapter 11 which is when Jane finally gets to Thornfield Hall. Until then it’s all back story about child abuse, possible ghost sightings, burnt porridge, typhus, and lectures about heaven that leave both Jane and the reader unimpressed. The mysterious Mr. Rochester doesn’t show up until Chapter 12.

I’m looking forward to discussing this book with you all in person and here in the comments!

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