Jane Eyre (Readable Classics)

Jane Eyre (Readable Classics)

by Charlotte Bronte, Wayne Josephson

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Overview

Readable Classics gently edits the great works of literature, retaining their essence and spirit, and making them more enjoyable and less frustrating to the modern reader.

Jane Eyre, a novel of stunning power, romance and suspense, was an instant bestseller in 1847. It follows the spellbinding journey of a poor orphan girl who overcomes cruelty, loneliness, starvation and heartbreak on her quest for independence.

Her passionate romance with rich, brooding Mr. Rochester, and her discovery of his devastating secret, forces her to choose between love and self-respect.

Jane Eyre is the story of every woman who struggles for equality and dignity in a society that wants to deny her that right--as true in Victorian England as it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615324449
Publisher: Chadwick Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1816

Date of Death:

March 31, 1855

Place of Birth:

Thornton, Yorkshire, England

Place of Death:

Haworth, West Yorkshire, England

Education:

Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire; Miss Wooler's School at Roe Head

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Jane Eyre (Readable Classics) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
bleached on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always wanted to read Jane Eyre but was intimidated with the size because of my lack of time. This newly translated edition made the novel irresistible. I couldn't put it down! While keeping with the beautiful language of the era, it was easy to read and endlessly enticing.
fiverivers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Returning to a novel years later often brings about startling revelations, not only about the work in question, but our own evolution and perspectives.Returning to Charlotte Bronte¿s much-loved Jane Eyre is no exception. This recent reading is my fourth or fifth (memory fails). I first read Jane Eyre as a young girl at boarding school (Havergal), and I remember being swept away in the comparative study of the Bronte sisters. Perhaps it was because the melodramatic romance appealed to a young girl¿s impressionable (little say hormonal) ideals of love and relationships. I suppose that response was no different than today¿s young girls swooning over the pages of the Twilight saga. However, at the age of 55, ears all dry, with a modicum of cynicism and experience clearing my vision, I found myself sorely disappointed with Jane Eyre. This comes as an enormous surprise to me. I adore 19th century writing for the most part.So why this time disenchanted with this epic love story? I suppose I found the religious undertone unpalatable. That Charlotte Bronte should have written with such evangelic fervour shouldn¿t startle; she was the daughter of an Irish Anglican clergyman. And given much of the foundation of Jane Eyre is likely autobiographical (raised by a disinterested aunt, attended an indigent girl¿s school), Charlotte Bronte likely clung to Christian tenants as solace and anchor. Then there was the question of author intrusion and lack of subtlety. Where Charlotte¿s sister, Emily Bronte, demonstrates a more subtle hand in Wuthering Heights, and generally allows her characters to tell the story, Charlotte prefers an iron frying pan over the head, not just once, but continually so that she not only hits her readers with the obvious, but bludgeons them. In style of prose once again Charlotte resorts to a heavy hand, indulging in pontificating asides and convoluted phraseology, so that she uses the medium of her novel more as a vehicle to voice her own opinions and prejudices, than as a literary medium. Certainly that penchant for soapbox isn¿t unique to Charlotte Bronte. Many writers of the 19th century (and even today) deliver warnings and spotlights on the state of society through their prose. There is a difference, however, between illuminating an aspect of society, and preaching.So, would I recommend you read Jane Eyre? Absolutely. Go now, purchase a copy, whether in print or digital format, and consume every word. Why? Because you should. Because in reading Jane Eyre you discover another element in the genesis of modern romantic writing, a lens on 19th century English life, and a fascinating discovery of the author herself.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant and romantic, the tale of Jane Eyre is at once somber and uplifting.Raised as an orphan by an unloving aunt and then sent to boarding school, Jane's fierce intelligence helps her to become an independent, opinionated young woman who falls in love with an unattainable man.Recommended to all.
ReDefiningAwesome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The same great story, but easier to understand. The words have been updated to provide the reader with a smooth flowing story without the need of a dictionary. If you enjoy Jane Eyre and other classics, you should definately read this version.
lg4154 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a true classic, hard to believe that I have never read this book until today. This book can be grouped into several different categories, romance being one of them, a little bit of supernatural. The book was told from Jane's point of view, sometimes as it is happening, and sometimes years later. This book had a lot of references to social class as well. This is definitely a period piece, but still can stand up thru time.
fuzzy_patters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book as a Member Giveaway, and I wasn't really sure if it was right for me. I don't have a problem with nineteenth century literature, In fact, I love Dostoevsky and Dickens. However, I wasn't sure if Victorian era romance was right for me.I'm still not sure if it is right for me, but this novel is so much more than simple romance. Jane Eyre tackles the relations between social and economic classes in nineteenth century England as well as the role of women in Victorian society. All of this is wrapped around the ideas that one must be true to themselves and be true to God. It is very well done and very enjoyable and was much better than I expected.
bratlaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Eyre is a Cinderella-like story. A orphan raised by a unfeeling, mean-spirited Aunt and hateful cousins. At age 10 she is sent to a boarding school, where the conditions are horrible. At eighteen she becomes a governess and falls in love with the master. When it comes time to marry her "handsome prince", who by the way is neither handsome nor a prince, complications arise. This is a readable classic which means a simpler version of the original. I loved both versions. My favorite Quote was: Mr. Rochester asked Jane after looking over her drawings, "Where did you get your subjects to paint" She replied,"Out of My head". And his answer is classic "That head I see now on your Shoulders?"
MiscMayzee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Readable Classics version of Jane Eyre would be a really great match for students who have to read the book but would rather not get into the nuances of the language presented in the original version. The differences in the text are quite noticeable but do not interfere with the plot line in any way. The basic story is still the same and much easier to get through for those who are reading out of obligation.I do think for people who want a pleasurable read, the classic presentation would be best.
IsabellaRenae More than 1 year ago
Jane Eyre in all of its original splendor has been brought to readable classics. The original version has been adapted only to update the language to make it easier for the modern reader of today to understand. This classic beloved tale of the orphan Jane Eyre will captivate you and keep you reading until the end. Jane Eyre, a orphan who is taken into custody by her uncle after her parents death, and ten years after his death sent away to school by her unloving, unkind aunt is everything the original manuscript is. Jane thrives and learns at school. She becomes a teacher and then a governess under her master Mr. Rochester and falls in love only to learn his shattering secret. Her life takes a turn and later reconnects to her past. She finds true happiness where she belongs. I loved every minute of this book. Though I have read Jane Eyre multiple times before, I was able to see this novel in a new light, due to the let down of a language barrier. Our vocabulary does not consist of the formalities in 1847. We do not converse on the same level, more so we discuss more freely and openly today. The novel in its new form is everything Charlotte Bronte gave to her 1847 readers, but updated for ease in understanding for today's reader. This is a must read! I am a firm believer that you should read the original at some point in your life. However, if you have ever read Jane Eyre or if you have had trouble understanding the original this readable classic will draw you in and keep you spell bound to the end. I highly suggest this book to any reader. It is a wonderful classic novel. I look forward to reading and expanding my library to include other readable classics.
BellaCara More than 1 year ago
The Readable Classic Jane Eyre was nothing less than a treat to read. Lightly editing the original manuscript so that it is an easier task for today's reader, Wayne Josephson opens the door for a whole new generation of people to love this classic tale. Mr. Josephson has kept the story true to it's roots while allowing a easier read for those who are not exactly comfortable with the normal Bronte style. The classic gothic novel Jane Eyre, a biography of the title character, is a chronological tale of heartache, hardship and love that can bare all things. A tale, full of sorrow and adversity follows Miss Eyre from an awkward and peculiar child, to an opinionated and strong young woman. The story begins when Jane is a small girl living with her aunt and cousins in Gateshead Hall. Orphaned as a baby, Jane has lived with her uncle's family since infancy. Not long after Jane comes to live with them, her uncle dies, but not before making her aunt promise to keep Jane on as "one of her own." Her Aunt the menacing Mrs. Reed, despises Jane and her different nature, as she allows her children to torment the girl. It is not long before a painful confrontation with her cousin John, forces a small Jane to defend herself and earning a night in the infamous "red room." After that night it is not long that Mrs. Reed sends Jane off to boarding school, the dark and dreary Lowood school for girls, where the girls are forced to live off meager rations of food and hearty helpings of bible study. It is there where Jane makes her first friend, and in doing so feels for the first time in her young life the joy of acceptance. During her time at Lowood, she begins to grow from odd girl into a self-assured young woman. It is after being there for eight years, six as a student and two as a teacher, that she becomes restless and is ready to embark on her journey into the world. By placing an advertisement to procure a new position as a governess Jane is accepted into the grand estate of Thornfield. There she meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester, and in doing so, is swept away into one of the most famous love stories in literary history. The Readable Classic Jane Eyre is a story that will captivate your romantic soul. The light editing of Wayne Josephson has allowed the reader to focus on the beautiful tale of one Miss Jane Eyre instead of being tripped up by the sometimes difficult original text.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Jane Eyre was orphaned as a young girl, but though starving and the recipient of much cruelty from her aunt she perseveres. She is sent to boarding school where she is victim of abuse, but instead of caving in, she got stronger. Jane obtains work as the governess at Thornfield Hall where she falls in love with her employer, brooding Mr. Rochester. However, instead of a happy ever after, they are forced to separate leaving her poor and alone. Although purists will complain that if it ain't broke don't fix it, others like Mr. Josephson will disagree that in this case it may not have been broke in 1847 when first published, but is showing syntax rust as languages changes over a century and a half make even a classic read rigid. Just think of how obsolete Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales would be without translations. Although this reviewer was concerned having read the original in high school four decades ago, Mr. Josephson succeeds in doing this with a light touch that does not take way from Ms. Bronte's Victorian saga. Readers will appreciate his deft skill to enable the modern day audience to appreciate a classic. Harriet Klausner