With her final novel, "Villette," Charlotte Bronte reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, "Villette" is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even "Jane Eyre" in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a... show more
With her final novel, "Villette," Charlotte Bronte reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, "Villette" is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even "Jane Eyre" in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There, she unexpectedly confronts her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Ginerva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquetter. This first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried so long to escape. Yet in spite of adversity and disappointment, Lucy Snowe survives to recount the unstinting vision of a turbulent life's journey--a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman's consciousness in English literature.
Publish date: February 28th 1980
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 622
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
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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...