Louise Anne Bateman20 March 2009

Jane Eyre is an orphan who comes from a loveless aunt to a brutal school in the north of England. When the school's atrocities are discovered, vast improvements are made and Jane continues on from a pupil to a teacher, before advertising herself in the papers, asking for a position as a governess. It is through this position that she meets and subsequently falls in love with her master Edward Rochester. But something is wrong in Rochester's grand home of Thornfield Hall. Strange laughter echoes through the corridors, fires start in the night, and one of Rochester's guests is attacked in his sleep. Will the terrible secret that Thornfield holds be too much for Jane to bare, or will she have to abandon her love for Mr. Rochester forever?"Jane Eyre" is a book that I read every 3 years or so, and each time I realise I've forgotten how much I enjoy it. The young Jane is spirited but compassionate, loving those around her despite the way she is treated, and holding her best friend in her arms as she dies of a fatal illness. As an adult, Jane is plain, but intelligent, and stands up to the brusque Rochester. He is passionate, stern and stubborn, and capable of showing great emotion. All the characters, from the lovers to Mrs. Fairfax and little Adele are wonderfully written, and the prose is filled with such style that it never seems dull. It doesn't feel dated either, but in keeping with the period it has been set in. It's no wonder that "Jane Eyre" is a classic, adapted again and again, and it thoroughly deserves its place in history. A wonderful, brilliant story that keeps me hooked to the last page.