Jane Eyre is a classic novel that I have returned to again and again. On first reading, it is a tragic story of a young orphan who goes from one bad situation to another until she settles as a governess for a wealthy man, deals with even more tragedy, and emerges a strong and happy woman. But on further examination there are more layers to the novel. Bronte depicts the horrific conditions for many poor people of her time in a compelling way. She also shows Jane refusing to comply with many of the expectations of women in her era. Overall, a compelling and informative novel.
Sarah Pump (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)