Archive for November, 2019

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Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Brontë

I was surprised at how good I found this book. Sure, it is considered a “classic” and as such must be good, but I do not find that to be universally true. For me, this one was a real page turner.

Yes, it is dated, but that’s part of its charm. The only issue I had was related to this datedness. Some of the word usage is not what it is today. It would have been nice to read an annotated version, but I don’t even know if there is such a thing. Even when I tried to look the words up in my Kindle version, there was often either no definition or a definition that seemed totally unrelated to how the word was used.

Beside enjoying the story, I now understand references to Mr. Rochester, Thornfield, and other names. I’ll be able to answer a few more Jeopardy questions.

It’s also a fascinating look into the morals, ethics and culture of the time. There was more than one time that I wanted to ask Jane Eyre what the heck she thought she was doing, but I’m operating from my current perspective, which would probably be totally foreign to their way of thinking.

After finishing the book, I looked into the lives of I was surprised at how good I found this book. Sure, it is considered a “classic” and as such must be good, but I do not find that to be universally true. For me, this one was a real page turner.

Yes, it is dated, but that’s part of its charm. The only issue I had was related to this datedness. Some of the word usage is not what it is today. It would have been nice to read an annotated version, but I don’t even know if there is such a thing. Even when I tried to look the words up in my Kindle version, there was often either no definition or a definition that seemed totally unrelated to how the word was used.

Beside enjoying the story, I now understand references to Mr. Rochester, Thornfield, and other names. I’ll be able to answer a few more Jeopardy questions.

It’s also a fascinating look into the morals, ethics and culture of the time. There was more than one time that I wanted to ask Jane Eyre what the heck she thought she was doing, but I’m operating from my current perspective, which would probably be totally foreign to their way of thinking.

After finishing the book, I looked into the lives of Charlotte Brontë and her family. I confess I didn’t know anything about them, so was saddened to find out how, and how early, their lives ended. I could see several features of their lives that were used in this book.

You never read it either? If you’re a jock who only likes to read Sports Illustrated, you might not be a good candidate to read it. If you appreciate something with a little more depth and emotion, give it a try.

Finished 11/23/19

We Have Always Lived in the Castle – by Shirley Jackson

A truly odd story. Perhaps it goes some to explaining the mysterious spinster sisters who lived in that odd house in your neighborhood. An interesting look into a fantastical and insane mind, and her enabling sister.

Finished 11/1/19