It’s intimidating to write a review about a classic - what can I say that hasn’t already been said (and said better, no doubt)? Probably not much. So I’m not going to review it…but I’m just not capable of walking away from a book that I like this much without saying anything. And what’s not to like? You’ve got an abused orphan overcoming adversity; an eighteen-year-old governess falling in love with her forty-year-old employer; strict, religious overtones with a subversive undercurrent of supernatural phenomena. And let’s not forget the cherry on top: we get to see the inspiration behind the twisted wreckage of humanity that is Twilight.
And because I’m a movie person, I feel obligated to mention my favorite film adaption of the book. While the more recent version starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender is quite good, I prefer the 1997 TV version with the delectable Ciarán Hinds as Mr. Rochester. Even if he totally looks like Staredad.