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Airports, Books, and Pedros

November 17, 2012

Pedro has alluded to my airport adventures recently. I had an interview in Kansas City, all went well until I got stuck in Denver (AGAIN), thankfully, Pedro was in town this time to save me. She accuses me of stealing her bed, I don’t believe her. Pedro feels I should praise her indefinitely for her gracious act of kindness, she is very nice, I will probably call her every time I go to Denver.

Pedro: Found a Carl wandering aimlessly through the airport, I saved her.

So, what do you do when you spend hours and hours in airports? Read a book! I mostly bring a book on trips with me as a safe guard against boredom, most of the time I have plenty of other things to do, but not when you’re sitting by yourself in airports for hours and hours and hours. And after getting stuck in Denver overnight (Pedro was out of town so I slept in the airport) last month (and finishing Wicked too soon) I made sure to bring a new one.

Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

No. of pages: 493 (paperback, Bantam classic)

ISBN: 0553211404

Genre: Classics

Year of original publication: 1847


Charlotte Brontë’s impassioned novel is the love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her employer, the arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester. Published in 1847 under the pseudonym 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.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield and falls in love with Mr. Rochester in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

Fashions for June, 1845 courtesy of the New York Public Library (I like knowing what people wore when reading about past time periods, helps me visualize what’s going on)

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers

I also read the biography of Brontë at the front of the book: she had one depressing life. At least she lived long enough to see her best book become popular, unlike many struggling artists from history.

From Home magazine, April 1859 courtesy of the New York Public Library

What did you like or dislike about the book? While I love a good 19th century romance, this was so much better. Yes, Jane found true love and whatnot, but she also found independence, strength, and purpose in her life. And there was even a little mystery in the story (several times) that I wasn’t expecting, making it that much better. I read about half the book during my flights and layovers, then thankfully I didn’t have anything to do the next Monday because of Veteran’s Day… so I sat on my couch and read. If I hadn’t finished it before going back to school I think I would have been very distracted thinking about it.

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won’t put it out of the question to read again, but I don’t usually do that. I would definitely recommend it, if you like books like Pride and Prejudice I’m sure you’ll like this one too.

So, in conclusion: Don’t fly through Denver in the fall/winter, the weather will screw you over somehow; I am very happy that Pedro was able to save me from the airport; and reading makes you feel awesome.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bia permalink
    November 17, 2012 8:52 am

    I feel the same way about flying through Chicago. Nearly anytime.

  2. Rachel Mercado permalink
    November 19, 2012 11:05 pm

    I have that book on my shelf, but I haven’t read it yet. I tend to have a waiting list of books by my bedside as I am an avid reader. I just might bump that to the front of the line:)

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