Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
3 Stars , Fiction / December 1, 2010

I borrowed this book. My rating for Jane Eyre – 3 About: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë is an 1847 novel published as “Jane Eyre. An Autobiography” under the nom de plume of “Currer Bell”.  The novel is told in first person narrative and goes through five distinct stages in Jane’s life.  In spite of many dark elements the novel has strong elements of right vs. wrong as well as morality. Feeling too adequate? Buy the book to get a lesson on how inadequate you really are? Thoughts: I can certainly see why “Jane Eyre” is considered a classic. Brontë’s use of strong language , rhetorical brilliance and lovely narrative are certainly impressive.  The author also had the guts to tackle many social issues head on, something that we, at this voyeuristic age, seem to take for granted.  Even though this book was not meant to be  historical, several decades later I found it captivating to read about the day-to-day living of 1800’s England. The book described the fascinating social ladder of the 1800’s where governesses (nannies/teachers) were far below their employers, yet often better educated.  I felt that Jane’s assertions to Rochester that she is  his equal was something…

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction / October 27, 2010

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on Blogcritics My rating for The Woman in White – 4 About: “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins was published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collected edition of the chapters was published in book form. The fictional story is considered to be one of the first mystery novels, as well as one of the finest. How fine you ask? Buy “The Woman in White” and find out Thoughts: Even though this is a Victorian novel, it is still gripping, engaging and a page turner. The characters created by Collins are three dimensional, vivid, intelligent, thought provoking and sometimes hilarious even by today’s standards. The story is not told in a straight narrative form, but rather in a series of letters, first hand accounts, diaries and dispositions by the main characters, as well as some supporting characters. Since this novel was first serialized, every chapter ends with a twist to keep the readers coming back, that is not to say that there aren’t many twists in the chapters themselves. As a detective novel, the narrative is faithful…

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