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Villette by Charlotte Brontë
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Mar 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-reads, british, fiction, kindle, favorites
Read from March 15 to April 25, 2011

I adore Jane Eyre, but I didn't know Charlotte Bronte could write something like this book. Villette is astonishing, haunting, perplexing, unsettling, poetic; it is masterful. There were times when I had to put the book aside because in spite of Lucy's carefully controlled reserve, I felt too much.

Lucy Snowe is an unusual narrator. Her detailed, yet deliberately chosen observations provide all of the information for our perception of the characters and place for the novel, yet Lucy herself remains mysterious. She is alone, supremely self-contained, and proud. She is more disconcerted by having to wear a pink dress than being startled by a "ghost" for heavens sake!

I'm overwhelmed and truly at a loss for words to express how I feel about this book, so I'll keep it simple: Villette is honest, tragic, remarkable, and well worth reading.
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message 1: by Joy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joy Cleaned up this review a little this morning (I *think*...). Still cannot exactly express what I feel about this book.


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