Villette by Charlotte BronteVillette by Charlotte Bronte

Villette

byCharlotte Bronte

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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A deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition, with an introduction from Mallory Ortberg, New York Times best-selling author of Texts from Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte’s final and most autobiographical novel—even more critically acclaimed than Jane Eyre during its time—is a brilliant story of repressed passion and unrequited love in the fictional French town of Villette

Lucy Snowe is a young woman alone in the world after a terrible event of which she never speaks. With no home, no family, and no prospects, she sets out on her own to the small French town of Villette, where she finds work as a governess at a boarding school for girls. When a handsome doctor from her past appears in Villette, Lucy believes she may at last be free of loneliness—if her rigorous self-control doesn’t conceal her true feelings.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s own experiences at a boarding school in Belgium, Villette is an intense psychological portrait of its heroine, a woman who so strenuously tries to hide her passions that she cannot help but reveal them.

Charlotte Brontë, born in 1816, was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters, and one of the nineteenth century's greatest novelists. She is the author ofVillette,The Professor, several collections of poetry, andJane Eyre, one of English literature's most beloved classics. She died in 1855.
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Title:VilletteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006235616X

ISBN - 13:9780062356161

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good!!! Another great read by Charlotte. She never ceases to spark my imagination or interests. Well written.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Villette by Charlotte Brontë, Jerome Beaty Charlotte Bronte explores the psychological implications of being an outsider. The anguish, the dashing of hope, the moments of despair, and yet the haunting specter of expectations keep Lucy attempting to achieve a life filled with love and happiness. She does, as the novel concludes, get an opportunity to fulfill her dreams and gain not only independence but a chance at love. “His mind was indeed my library, and whenever it was opened to me, I entered bliss.” I have read that other reviewers felt the novel ended abruptly, and I too wanted more than just the sliver of explanation that was given at the end of the novel, but I think that has more to do with the way we feel about Lucy Snowe than it does about disappointment in Charlotte Bronte's plotting. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Villette by Charlotte Brontë, Jerome Beaty Charlotte Bronte explores the psychological implications of being an outsider. The anguish, the dashing of hope, the moments of despair, and yet the haunting specter of expectations keep Lucy attempting to achieve a life filled with love and happiness. She does, as the novel concludes, get an opportunity to fulfill her dreams and gain not only independence but a chance at love. “His mind was indeed my library, and whenever it was opened to me, I entered bliss.” I have read that other reviewers felt the novel ended abruptly, and I too wanted more than just the sliver of explanation that was given at the end of the novel, but I think that has more to do with the way we feel about Lucy Snowe than it does about disappointment in Charlotte Bronte's plotting. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This books is a sadly overlooked bronte novel. A must read
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Sadly overshadowed by the more popular Jane Eyre, I found this book so absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking! There's nothing more poignant than lucy snowe saying , "goodnight dr. john you are good you are beautiful but you are not mine." love it!
Date published: 2008-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an absolute favourite Often overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette tells the story of Lucy Snowe: a young woman torn between two men and repressed by the boundaries placed upon a Victorian woman. This is a moving and brilliantly spun story about love, loss and emancipation in a restrictive society. It will still your heart and keep it for a long long time
Date published: 2004-12-18