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The French Lieutenant's Woman - Community Reviews back

by John Fowles
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Merle
Merle rated it 4 years ago
Let’s call it 3.25 stars. This novel is basically one big gimmick. Fowles writes well and has done his research, so he pulls off the gimmick fairly well. But it is still a gimmick, and the story itself isn’t strong enough to stand on its own. This review will contain some SPOILERS.The story consists...
Major Leser
Major Leser rated it 6 years ago
Slowly builds to a series of climaxes of varying intensity (i.e. each strand of thought gets to come into its own at various points in the novel: Marxism, Darwinism, crypto-feminist existentialism). A near-masterpiece undone only by its awkward amalgam of neo-Victorian postmodernism and standard ex...
What I am reading
What I am reading rated it 6 years ago
The first thing that amazed me: I was half through the book, when the story suddenly came to an end. For the first time. It was a harsh ending and, fortunately, the narrator apologized for it in the following chapter. Although two further endings followed, and regardless of this unusual amount of en...
daisyq
daisyq rated it 7 years ago
I admired this but I didn't love it; I didn't find it emotionally engaging. I found myself without a preference between the various endings, because I wasn't really invested in the fate or motivation of either Sarah or Charles. I did very much enjoy the references to Hardy and especially [b:Persuasi...
ThinkHilary
ThinkHilary rated it 7 years ago
Read it for a class and the ending of the book had us all arguing! "Yet, this is just fiction!", my professor protested as he smiled his cheshire cat smile. I still think about that professor and how he just loved to see his students actually care about the books he had assigned.I am not a huge fan ...
Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it 8 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story wasn't what I expected it to be at all. I expected the story to be similar to Madame Bovary and the writing style of the author to be more Victorian, seeing as the story was set in that era, but it's actually quite modern. This book made me an instant fan of...
CKs Book Reads
CKs Book Reads rated it 8 years ago
This is a crazy ass story! Written in 1969 by an author with a very loud voice within the story that is set in 1867. A gentleman, a shamed woman, it is almost the anti-Jane Austen. It's a damn good book.
aileensantiago
aileensantiago rated it 8 years ago
An interesting read on the Victorian era, with a sad love story of a woman ahead of her times and wronged by society she was born into.
I'm Reading...
I'm Reading... rated it 9 years ago
Other thoughts/reviews:Books and Chocolate: http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.be/2012/07/french-lieutenants-woman-by-john-fowles.html
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it 9 years ago
The French Lieutenant's Woman is one of those novels that challenges the reader in his or her understanding of the Victorian era and of the idea of the novel itself. The descriptions of each person's role, down to the buttons on the coat, are exacting and precise. The visual descriptions are breath-...
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