Rating: 5/5 stars.
What a great classic. There are many things that I love about Jane Eyre, but you can find most of them in other reviews, so I’ll state a couple that propelled me toward a five-star rating.
Here’s a quote from Lady Gaga I adore: “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” In the novel Jane Eyre, Jane has to fight for her independence from the beginning. Later in the story she is forced to make difficult decisions regarding whether to sacrifice autonomy for the sake of marriage, or to remain self-governing and essentially give up love. I could relate to this conflict and its resolution, though on a smaller scale.
The romance was amazing, of course. Despite the fact that Jane Eyre was published over 100 years ago, the dialogue between Jane and Mr. Rochester seemed incredibly modern. Their witty conversations had me laughing out loud, while their passionate inter-courses pushed me to the edge of my seat. Quite the intellectual romance indeed.
If you’re looking for something sophisticated or romantic, I would recommend Jane Eyre. It took me a while to get through but I don’t regret a second I spent reading it.