Penulis/Author: Charlotte Bronte (1847)
Cetakan/Edition: Paperback 2002, Summer Edition
What a wonderful read! I bought the book back in the late 2004 from QB Playan (Rp75,000) and had kept it on my bookshelves ever since. Believe it or not, I completed reading the book from the net leaving the physical book as merely a silent companion in my handbag. I am glad, however, to have experience such a great reading.
One of the world's classics love story, Jane Eyre is an orphan girl who got through a bitter childhood while living with her aunt and her three cousins. They hate her and never fail to bully, humiliate and abuse her. Her aunt sent the poor Jane to a charity school with its tough regulations, where she has to learn to be humble all the time. Yet the good-natured and strong-willed Jane passes her 8-years at Lowood Charity School with a better outcome than if she had stayed back with her so-called family. From the school, Jane finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall. Everyone is kind and warm at Thornfield and for the first time she feels attached closely with a place called "home".
The master of the house, Mr Rochester, is a robust, stubborn and intelligent man. Despite his rude attitude and harsh wordings, it is obvious that he finds a match for his intelligence on Jane Eyre's calmness. Every evening he sends for her to accompany him on the living room, conversing of what sounds like arguments but is actually a deep conversation of one's soul to another. Jane is challenged on each conversation to be assertive and tactful on answering her master's questions and opinions. True love grows from there and their hearts ache without the other's presence. But there's an evil mystery that clouds Thornfiled, a secret that is hidden in the attic of the house which haunted the place and its master.
As thick as 501 pages with small prints, the story doesn't feel that long when I read it through the net. The physical book divides the story into 3 volumes, while the online literature simply put it as chapter 1 to chapter 38.
Every chapter is fresh and contains surprises. What I thought would be a plain chapter, a plain day, has successfully made me grew gooseflesh, shed a tear and drew smiles. From a bitter childhood to a hard time at school, from joyful companions to mysterious incidents, from a sweetdream to a nightmare, from sorrow to hope to tragedy and happiness. It is a long journey that Jane Eyre has to endure and readers won't be disappointed while 'walking with her'. I particularly enjoyed the darkness and sadness of chapter 9, the passions and intelligence in chapter 14 and the mystery presented in chapter 15.
This book deserves its merit as a classic story. The story is so beautifully written, full of descriptive words as if the readers could touch them first-hand. I personally would recommend the book to everyone. To own one copy would be a treasure, but you could as well access the story from an e-book here. I do both ;-).