Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Charlotte Bronte's impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847, under the pseudonym of Currer Bell, the book heralded a new kind of heroine--one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Hailed by William Makepeace Thackeray as "the masterwork of great genius," Jane Eyre is still regarded, over a century later, as one of the finest novels in English literature.
This book is one that doesn't need explaining nor an introduction really. It is the famous and influential novel written by english writer Charlotte Bronte. It was first published in London, England, in 1847 under the title Jane Eyre. The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.
The novel focuses on the romance between Jane Eyre (a teacher) and Edward Rochester (her wealthy employer). Through reading the book Bronte reveals a feminist message (the Penguin edition of Jane Eyre describes the work as an "influential feminist text" because of its indepth exploration of a strong female character's feelings). In the novel Jane the heroine argues for sexual equality by refusing to submit fully to the restrictive expectations of early Victorian society.
I read this book one summer and went through it in a couple of days. I instantly fell in love with the story unable to put it down. By summers end I had read it several times. It is on the list among my all time favourites. It was a roller coaster ride filled with the high of highs and gut retching lows. Every time I read it I feel as if I'm reading it for the first time. It is a classic for a reason. If you've read it high five, if you haven't.. well get on it. I highly recommend this book.