The French Lieutenant's Woman
Perhaps the most beloved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. "Filled with enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities" (New York Times), the novel inspired... show more
Perhaps the most beloved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. "Filled with enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities" (New York Times), the novel inspired the hugely successful 1981 film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons and is today universally regarded as a modern classic.
Publish date: August 1st 1970
Publisher: New American Library
Pages no: 366
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Modern Classics
, English Literature
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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