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The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
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Dec 02, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, by-and-about-the-19th-century, fiction, 5-star-reading
Read in December, 2008

This book is one of those bestsellers that I was vaguely aware of but too young and too distracted to pay attention to when it was a subject of conversation. I saw the movie when it first came out and was not impressed. Having read the novel I now understand why the film took the tack it did although I also see that the two are very different. Looking at other reviews I see people are divided on the authorial intrusions and the way it ends. Despite my general distaste for postmodern approaches I think what Fowles does here is both well done and appropriate to his story. Even the out and out digressions, such as on Thomas Hardy's reputation, Matthew Arnold's poetry or the divided nature of nineteenth century society are both interesting and relevant in terms of the whole. I can imagine reading this again sometime soon.
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