Hi, everyone! We are halfway through the week, and thank God because graduation is right around the corner! I’m getting a bachelor’s degree in English. No surprise there.
Last weekend, I bought more old books. An ideal Sunday for me involves church, the antique store, and a yummy lunch. Though I usually buy books I haven’t read, I couldn’t resist when I saw this lovely edition of a classic. I (kind of) read it in high school but fell in love with it again upon rereading last summer.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre, written in 1847, is the Victorian-era bildungsroman (novel dealing with the protagonist’s formative years) of Jane Eyre, whose determination and headstrong nature are instantly endearing. The story spans her deprived childhood and rigorous school years to her adulthood job teaching a young girl that leads to her love story with Mr. Rochester. I won’t spoil the ending, but this novel contains some bizarre twists. The formal diction from the Victorian era repels many readers, but I appreciate the elaborate nuance that’s crafted through the language.
In this edition, the pages feel thick yet soft. The chapter numbers are ornately designed. The twelve illustrations throughout bring an ominous feeling to the text, as the artist uses heavy black, and the character’s faces are always somber.
Interesting tidbit–this edition is part of a series published by Reader’s Digest; the series is called World’s Best Reading. The series began in 1982 and continues today. They republish classic novels in hardback covers, often commissioning illustrators, also. The novels are relatively cheap on ebay, Amazon, etc.
Do you love Jane Eyre, too? Do you have any of the books in this series? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!