Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. My elder daughter asked me recently if I had seen the movie Jane Eyre in which Judi Dench plays a role.
I admitted that I hadn’t but it got me thinking what role would Judy Dench be playing. I had to admit to myself that I had only a vague memory of the story line and I needed to re read the novel. I downloaded a version from Gutenberg to read on the train to Melbourne but realised after about 1000 pages on my phone that I much prefer to read from a hard copy so I bought myself a $5 copy and set about it.
I am so glad I did. It was a revelation. I had completely forgotten how beautiful the language is and I had to resort to the dictionary on a few occasions to check the meanings of some of the words which are very rarely used in today’s novels.
From the cover:
As an orphan, Jane’s childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs
A wonderful story that you should revisit if it is a long time since you last read it or one you should read if you have not already done so.
Here is a trailer from the movie.
You can find a post comparing the book to the movie here.
I will now need to hire the DVD and watch the movie.