My love and enthusiasm for Jane Eyre isn't quite at the level of the majority of people. That's not to say I didn't like it. It has a great premise and I loved the slightly sarcastic 19th century feminist humour. Bronte takes all kinds of stabs at the rigid social structure of the day but she does it sweetly and tucks them quietly into otherwise elaborate sentences so that they almost go unnoticed. I could feel her pluck in her writing. I totally understand why it has become such a beloved and enduring classic. But....the melodrama just about drove me nuts. In the beginning I found it amusing but it didn't take long to turn into eye rolling. Just a little over the top for me. Would I still recommend everyone read this book at least once in their lives? Absolutely! You will probably love it, melodrama and all.

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