Wednesday, July 14, 2010

jane eyre

I started Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte yesterday and am completely and 100% hooked. I've been totally impressed with the beautiful writing, the characters, and the story itself. I especially loved this part when Helen tells Jane, "I believe; I have faith; I am going to God." To which Jane asks: "Where is God? What is God?" And Helen replies to her: "My Maker and yours; who will never destroy what he created. I rely implicitly on his power, and confide wholly in his goodness... I am sure there is a future state; I believe God is good; I can resign my immortal part to him without any misgiving. God is my father; God is my friend; I love him; I believe he loves me... You will come to the same region of happiness; be received by the same mighty, universal Parent, no doubt, dear Jane." (p. 97)

Also, a few chapters later, Jane describes this experience which I thought was just as beautiful and sincere--"The impulse of gratitude swelled my heart, and I knelt down at the bedside and offered up thanks where thanks were due; not forgetting, ere I rose, to implore aid on my further path, and the power of meriting the kindness which seemed so frankly offered me before it was earned." (p. 116)

Never been a big novel reader, but if every novel is as good as this one...let me know which ones!!!

7 comments:

  1. I also love the Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and recently read Dracula by Bram Stoker and enjoyed it. These classics are classics for a reason!

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  2. I read that for the first time last summer and LOVED it. Such a good book.

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  3. I'm loving it too...it's beautifully written. I love the picture you've posted. So artistic. Are we going to start a book club??:)

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  4. this is my favorite book ever. i am glad you like it!

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  5. ah...you've made me put it on my list. have you read les miserables? (the abriged version)...it's great. have you read the count of monte cristo? AMAZING.

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  6. I've been on a classic kick lately, and am loving all these books that are "must reads." Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray? That's one of my all time favorite books. I also just read The Scarlet Pimpernell, which was such a fun read. Also, it's not a classic, but you MUST read These Is My Words by Nancy Turner. I laughed and bawled my way through this one. AMAZING.

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