From the list on Victorian stories that have lessons for today.
Who am I?
I was a little girl who fell in love with stories who grew up to be an English professor--which is another way of saying that it's my job to help others fall in love with great stories, too! I especially love novels from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries because so much new was happening in the world then that continues to shape how we understand ourselves today. So much has changed and yet the human condition--with all its challenges, disappointments, and dreams--hasn't changed.
Karen's book list on Victorian stories that have lessons for today
Discover why each book is one of Karen's favorite books.
Why did Karen love this book?
Of this novel, Virginia Woolf famously remarked, “The writer has us by the hand, forces us along her road, makes us see what she sees, never leaves us for a moment or allows us to forget her.”
The voice of Jane is so powerful, so real, that some thought that she and her author were one. But no.
In Jane, Bronte presents a truly modern self that all can relate to.
We may not be orphaned, abused, and alone as Jane is. But we do have to, like her, fight for our own sense of self and dignity in a world that too often insists we choose as it would have us choose, live as it would have us live, and compromise our beliefs in order to fit in.
Jane does not (hard as that choice is), and through her example of strength and courage, we might find our…
Why should I read it?
26 authors picked Jane Eyre as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College.
Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage.
She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester.
However, there is great kindness and warmth…