Villette I am only just returned to a sense of the real world about me for I have been reading Villette a still wonderful book than Jane Eyre George Eliot Lucy Snowe in flight from an unhappy past leaves E

  • Title: Villette
  • Author: Charlotte Brontë
  • ISBN: 9780199536658
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • I am only just returned to a sense of the real world about me, for I have been reading Villette, a still wonderful book than Jane Eyre George Eliot Lucy Snowe, in flight from an unhappy past, leaves England and finds work as a teacher in Madame Beck s school in Villette Strongly drawn to the fiery autocratic schoolmaster Monsieur Paul Emanuel, Lucy is compelled b I am only just returned to a sense of the real world about me, for I have been reading Villette, a still wonderful book than Jane Eyre George Eliot Lucy Snowe, in flight from an unhappy past, leaves England and finds work as a teacher in Madame Beck s school in Villette Strongly drawn to the fiery autocratic schoolmaster Monsieur Paul Emanuel, Lucy is compelled by Madame Beck s jealous interference to assert her right to love and be loved Based in part on Charlotte Bront s experience in Brussels ten years earlier, Villette 1853 is a cogent and dramatic exploration of a woman s response to the challenge of a constricting social environment Its deployment of imagery comparable in power to that of Emily Bront s Wuthering Heights, and its use of comedy ironic or exuberant in the service of an ultimately sombre vision, make Villette especially appealing to the modern reader.ABOUT THE SERIES For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    • Ginny says:

      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 [...]

    • Jeffrey Keeten says:

      “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 b [...]

    • Tatiana says:

      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 a [...]

    • Kelly says:

      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 [...]

    • Elyse says:

      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 w [...]

    • Meredith Holley (Sparrow) says:

      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 [...]

    • Henry Avila says:

      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 [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      891. Villette, Charlotte BrontëVillette is an 1853 novel written by English author Charlotte Brontë. After an unspecified family disaster, the protagonist Lucy Snowe travels from her native England to the fictional French-speaking city of Villette to teach at a girls' school, where she is drawn into adventure and romance. Villette was Charlotte Brontë's fourth novel; it was preceded by The Professor (her posthumously published first novel, of which Villette is a reworking), Jane Eyre, and Shi [...]

    • Araz Goran says:

      يا الله كيف لي أن أصف هذه الرواية الجميلةإبداع من زمن الأدب الجميل حيث الكلمات تخرج بنقاء ورقة وإبداع لا مثيل لها، كأنها نسمة هواء عطرة تنتعش الروح بعدها وتنطلق بالفكر الى مجال آخر خارج نطاق هذا العالم المشوه هذه الرواية هي نقطة عبور الى الماضي الأدبي، حيث الأدب كان يعبر عن ذ [...]

    • Cheryl says:

      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 [...]

    • Aubrey says:

      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.W [...]

    • Margaret says:

      I can do no better to begin with than to quote George Eliot, who upon reading Villette called it "a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre". Villette is darker and more realistic than Jane Eyre, and more autobiographical (and perhaps thus even more powerful). Drawing on Charlotte Brontë'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 Bec [...]

    • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof) says:

      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 reme [...]

    • Jan-Maat says:

      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, more specifically between the Protestant and [...]

    • Duane says:

      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.

    • Mary says:

      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 [...]

    • Helene Jeppesen says:

      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, more specifically to the village of Villette. "Jane Eyre" is amongst my favourite books, so I was very interested to dive further into Charlotte Brontë's authorship. I did see some similarities between the two works; Charlotte Brontë likes to surprise her reade [...]

    • Cindy Newton says:

      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 [...]

    • 7jane says:

      (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 Cathol [...]

    • Simona Bartolotta says:

      So, so different from my Jane Eyre. But different is good too.

    • Elham says:

      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 w [...]

    • Magrat Ajostiernos says:

      cronicasdemagrat/2016/03/0Brillante.Este libro empezó para mi de manera errática 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 psicología de los personajes y siempre como tema central la búsqueda de la independencia. Más profunda, sobria, madura y compleja que Jane Eyre.

    • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

      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 re [...]

    • Amanda says:

      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 sympathi [...]

    • Nancy says:

      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 b [...]

    • Catie says:

      When compared to Jane Eyre, this novel seems often pronounced the more mature work of Charlotte Bronte. I think that’s true. However, this book is not more mature in the sense that it’s more 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. [...]

    • Jessica says:

      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 [...]

    • ·Karen· says:

      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, more fulfilling, more 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 pro [...]

    • April (Aprilius Maximus) says:

      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 Brontë: 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 [...]

    • Jennifer (aka EM) says:

      *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 Brontë 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 thinkin [...]

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