With her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Bront reached the height of her artistic power First published in 1853, Villette is Bront 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 VilletWith her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Bront reached the height of her artistic power First published in 1853, Villette is Bront 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 her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr John, a handsome young Englishman, and Gineva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquette The 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.
Villette With her final novel Villette Charlotte Bront reached the height of her artistic power First published in Villette is Bront s most accomplished and deeply felt work eclipsing even Jane Eyre i
Lucy Snowe hates you She s writing her story for you, you re experiencing the most intimate contact there can be between two people, and she hates you It makes for a hard read.Her older sister, Jane you remember her she loved you Most of you probably had to read her story in high school, whereas not one teacher in a thousand would touch Villette Nor should they High schoolers have enough rejection to cope with Most of them were probably bored or annoyed with Jane, but you have to give the woman [...]
Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage, so peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star When I was growing up in Kansas, my father farmed and worked long hours, and my mother worked the night shift at the hospital as a nurse s aide Since my mother slept during the day, I had to be very quiet I found that by being as [...]
Still 5 starsI loved this novel Obsessive reader as I am, I feel simply obligated to consume all kinds of reviews and discussions after finishing a book that left me in awe and baffled This time I even ventured into the territory of critical analyses and interpretations Many things came up during my quest to find out what people think of the heroine of Villette and the book as a whole that this is a novel about a woman who fights to attain her independence, that Lucy Snowe is a liar, that almost [...]
This book is better than Jane Eyre, guys This is where Charlotte Bronte shows her real brilliance I hovered between giving this two stars and four for about half the book because I really wasn t sure what was going on beneath the surface But then I figured out that I was stupid and didn t see half of the things that Charlotte Bronte had done She s brilliant Her narrator is completely unreliable She s a tease She withholds She doesn t tell us the lines we wish most to hear She deals with feelings [...]
Having read Jane Eyre recently for the first time, was suggested I read Villette.A fantastic Kindle Freebie I thought this story was terrific equally as good as Jane Eyre Lucy Snowe.lonely, introverted,.d somewhat emotionally unavailable s easy to feel empathy towards her harder to understand what she is thinking yete was easy to relate to I could understand her struggles of bumping up against isolation and doubting who she was Bronte touches on that insecure spot inside us which we all feel at [...]
It is not possible for me to talk about this book without somehow spoiling it I ll hide the main spoilers, but there are some pretty awesome twists and turns in this book, so I recommend reading it with eyes that are innocent of review spoilers.I have had this weird experience lately where books or movies or TV I watch are almost always either uncannily similar to my life like, exact words I ve said recently or experiences I ve had or totally offensive and appalling to me I think it is doing dam [...]
Lucy Snowe, a plain looking, quiet, 23 year old, intelligent woman, in need of money, and help, stating it mildly she has no family left in England, in an era, before Victoria, came to the throne, her godmother, Mrs Bretton, who lived in a small town, ironically named Bretton, has moved to colossal London , with her handsome son John Graham, no way to find the widow there Still Lucy is not without skill, she is a capable, resourceful, nevertheless almost destitute lady, gathering all her few pit [...]
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No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness What does such advice mean Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure Happiness is a glory shining far down upon us out of Heaven She is a divine dew which the soul, on certain of its summer mornings, feels dropping upon it from the amaranth bloom and golden fruitage of Paradise.I love when this paradoxical life brings me a book laced with composite and contracted mean [...]
We denizens of The Book of Disquiet salute you.We of the small loves and small livings, the tiny joys and tiny dreams, bid you welcome Our home is well adjusted and self assured, for if we profess ourselves any sort of connoisseur, it lies within those realms Our work keeps us fed, clothed, ticking along at a methodical pace that matches the step of our action.Our doings are wrested from the very root of us, and we cannot remember a time when our will was a creature without chain or muzzle.We of [...]
I can do no better to begin with than to quote George Eliot, who upon reading Villette called it a still wonderful book than Jane Eyre Villette is darker and realistic than Jane Eyre, and autobiographical and perhaps thus even powerful Drawing on Charlotte Bront s experiences in Brussels, Villette tells the story of Lucy Snowe, who leaves England in flight from a shadowy, unhappy past she comes to Villette i.e Brussels and becomes an English teacher at Madame Beck s school, where she meets t [...]
Reader, I heart Ms Bronte ReadingVillettewas like reading a huge epic that I was so emmersed in that I walked in Lucy Snowe s shoes, I felt what she felt How many authors can do that to you Lucy Snowe is difficult to get to know at first In fact, she is difficult to like This is deliberate she tells you about other people, what they think, what they feel, but precious little about herself, of whom she appears fiercely private Only as the story unfolds does she start to let you in I remember bein [...]
I finished Jane Eyre and I knew what I was going to write, I finish Villette and I am quite unclear.My initial expectation was that it would repeat the earlier story woman, abused childhood, education, passionate love, obstacle, punishments and rewards Perhaps in large it does The madwoman in the attic motif is repeated, this something that lodged in Bronte s imagination.Again the pathological sense of difference between the British and the French, specifically between the Protestant and the Ca [...]
I liked this novel, I think partly because I pictured Charlotte as the character of Lucy Snowe I felt like it was almost semi autobiographical in nature But it s still not in the same league with Jane Eyre, which will forever be considered Bronte s masterpiece I read where George Eliot and Virginia Woolf believe Villette was her best novel But in my opinion Jane Eyre is the gold standard of classic English literature But still, I give Villette 4 stars, certainly worth reading.
I really started to feel affection for Villette the first time Lucy Snowe tells the reader she knew something pivotal to the plot about six chapters ago but didn t bother telling us This trickery changed the way I was reading Lucy Snowe was sneering at me and I hadn t even noticed I needed to pay attention All those dark, brooding, anxious passages, the anguish, the loneliness she only told us what she wanted us to know A bitter, sly, dark, strong character The ending sealed the deal for me It s [...]
This was a really beautiful journey which often left me puzzled, but in the end I absolutely loved it Lucy, our main character, is determined to become independent and make something of her life, and so she goes from England to France, specifically to the village of Villette Jane Eyre is amongst my favourite books, so I was very interested to dive further into Charlotte Bront s authorship I did see some similarities between the two works Charlotte Bront likes to surprise her readers and to brin [...]
I m not sure how to write a review for this book I don t think I m even qualified to Yes, I read it, but not as well as it deserved I went into it lightly, assuming that it was a weaker, watered down, inferior version of Jane Eyre By the end, I realized that this book is a force unto itself The force of this book is subtle, though it doesn t smack you between the eyes, but rather creeps up on you stealthily, winding almost invisible tentacles around your consciousness, catching you up into the s [...]
edited this with some expanding thoughts The story of a woman half forced to indenpendence, having to find her way in a foreign, largely Catholic country to find a satisfying job and perhaps love It s not a straight, clear road that she might ve hoped for, but something that makes her grow view spoiler into mature, independent stability that is not without implied or clear, if you view it so tragedy hide spoiler.One has to remember while reading this that certain prejudices of Catholic religion [...]
So, so different from my Jane Eyre But different is good too.
This book is dark, dark even darker than any existentialist novel I have ever read, and how true and realistic It seems that this novel is a kind of semi autobiography.Like Jane Eyre, this time also the book starts with the stories of a girl, Lucy Snow, living for a while with her godmother But it was only for a short while Then she grows up we don t know anything about the years in between from her 14 23 we just know that she had a difficult life that she had to work and nurse an old woman she [...]
cronicasdemagrat 2016 03 0Brillante.Este libro empez para mi de manera err tica y detestando a su protagonista, pero lo he terminado en medio de un absoluto enganche y admirando profundamente a Lucy Snowe.Una obra de la que se pueden sacar mil lecturas, impresionante la psicolog a de los personajes y siempre como tema central la b squeda de la independencia M s profunda, sobria, madura y compleja que Jane Eyre.
I cry in anguish, Oh Villette, Villette, Villette It was a feeling that came upon me as I read this novel the palpable feeling of The cold grey storms of the fall and winter, the relentless building winds, the rain pounding against the window those dark and dreary days of loneliness all of the losses have brought you a smothering and almost overwhelming mantle of grief You see, and write of, the Love around you, but feel the throbbing ache, day after day, night after night, of never receiving Lo [...]
10 26 16 Forget the modern debate over likeable female characters Lucy is prickly, repressed, untrustworthy, unattractive, judgmental, in constant denial of her own feelings, desperate for affection, violently anti Catholic in short an IMPOSSIBLE female character There are even times when not only Lucy but Bronte herself hides significant information about the other characters from the readers, often casually mentioning having withheld it long after the fact She is difficult to sympathize with, [...]
Villette lacks the fire and passion of Jane Eyre Since we already know this is a fictionalized version of Charlotte Bronte s time in Brussels where she had some sort of relationship with the professor she worked for, this may be the reason for the tameness.There are many similarities in the characters of Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe in that they are orphans, they are loners, they yearn for love and, for much of the book, they love from afar with no hope of reciprocation Villette is a colder book bec [...]
When compared to Jane Eyre, this novel seems often pronounced the mature work of Charlotte Bronte I think that s true However, this book is not mature in the sense that it s open minded, worldly, or settled If Jane Eyre is the novel of a woman who believes in true love, hope, and positive destiny who believes that there s a reason for strife, then this is the novel that s written by that woman when she s been disappointed in love and has lost her family and her dreams This is the novel that s [...]
I finished this last night and I m STILL ANGRY.WHAT THE HELL, CHARLOTTE I mean, seriously I would also like to sit down with the person who wrote the introduction and talked about how Villette is so much better than Jane Eyre I would like to speak to this person about their drug habit, and how it s affecting their work performance Because WHAT did I just read And WHY have so many of my friends given this book 5 stars Now, as some of you may know, I love Jane Eyre I mean, I LOVE JANE EYRE It is [...]
Warning Discussion of the ending of the novel surely constitutes a spoiler Who are you, Miss Snowe Who am I indeed Perhaps a personage in disguise I applaud CB for holding out against her father, who wanted the conventional happy end for the novel, i.e marriage, for what could possibly be happier, fulfilling, necessary to woman and man than to sail from stormy seas into that particular harbour CB left the ending ambiguous, made the stormy sea such that the survival of the prospective bridegroo [...]
I have very mixed feelings about this one On one hand, I absolutely ADORE Charlotte s writing because it is just so, so, so, SO beautiful However, this novel started off being quite disjointed and confusing and I was often left puzzled by the randomness of the events and the varied pacing After reading Charlotte Bront A Life, I could clearly see the parallels between Villette and Charlotte s personal life This book was practically an autobiography and in that sense, it was super different to Jan [...]
NEW REVIEW below Wowza That s what you call a cliff hanger If I didn t know better, I d swear she meant to write a sequel.What a fabulous, sad, strong, odd, ultimately sympathetic creature is Lucy Snowe Despite view spoiler the ending hide spoiler , my feelings are optimistic for her Indeed, I feel empowered by her.Charlotte Bront is my gal A woman about 200 years ahead of her time.More later _________________________________Later.Each year, I do a review of my reading and thinking about my favo [...]
I wonder what Charlotte Bront s project was, when she was writing this novel the narrator is not unsympathetic, but she suspects the reader of being very much so No wonder so misjudged, so misread, by everyone around her, so unseen, so described in the moment of the greatest heartbreak you have such nerves real iron and bend leather I believe you feel nothing You haven t the same sensitiveness that a person of my constitution has You seem to me insensible both to pain and fear and grief no wonde [...]