"I am only just returned to a sense of real wonder about me, for I have been reading Villette..." —George Eliot With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls’ boarding school in the small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her... show more
"I am only just returned to a sense of real wonder about me, for I have been reading Villette..." —George Eliot With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls’ boarding school in the small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster, and her own complex feelings, first for the school’s English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Charlotte Brontë’s last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving study of isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances. Villette draws on Brontë’s own unhappy experience as a governess in Brussels New Introduction examines the novel's social and historical context and argues for its importance as an exploration of imperialism Includes chronology, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes
Publish date: December 28th 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 611
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
I'm a little late with my reviews of the books of 1915! Then again, what's really the difference between a century, and a century and ten weeks? The Song of The Lark by Willa Cather I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was the best novel of 1915. When I told my brother I was reading T...
Villette is Charlotte Bronte's last work. It is like all Bronte novels difficult to understand. Not a great deal happens in it and what does happen happens very slowly, too slowly at times. The last third or so of the book was quite draggy at times. The main character of the novel is Lucy Snowe ...
I'm giving it four stars purely because it got me out of a reading rut. And most of it was good! The writing was beautiful and perfect. However, after all that flirting, banter slipping into French, and pet names--Lucy and Ginerva did not end up bumping uglies. I find that mightily atrocious.
According to The Telegraph Charlotte Brontë’s Villette is better than her best known work [b:Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327867269s/10210.jpg|2977639]. This bold declaration alone put Villette in my reading list because Jane Eyre really is one of the bes...
I'm going to give this book-a-day thing a shot because I love seeing other people's posts. For Day 1, I'm choosing Charlotte Bronte's Villette as the ideal book to curl up with in front of the fire. I adore each Bronte novel, but this one is my favorite because I felt a memorable connection to the...