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5.0 out of 5 stars It's criminal!, 13 April 2001
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This review is from: Villette (Everyman) (Paperback)
I do not in any way mean to say that this book is bad; indeed, I mean the very opposite. It is criminal that "Villette" is not widely recognised as Charlotte Brontė's tour de force. Overshadowed by the tremendous success of "Jane Eyre" - which is, in itself, a wonderful novel - "Villette" has been largely ignored. Yet, in my opinion, it is superior: it has a better structure, a better heroine and a well designed plot. In what can only be described as an "aesthetically satisfying work," we engage with the main character, Lucy Snowe; we feel her passion, her isolation, her desperation - in fact, it is a highly autobiographical work. It is the story of unrequited love. It is the study of the development of a character put into adverse circumstances. It is the expression of , as never seen in English before, of the complexities and subtleties of a woman. It is poetical, beautiful. We follow Lucy as she grows up: living with her aunt, becoming a teacher in a school called Villette, standing up to the hostility of many other teachers and finally ... I think that anyone who loved "Jane Eyre" - there are not many of us who don't - will appreciate this criminally overlooked novel. Moreover, it is the perfect novel for a first-time Brontė reader - followed very closely by "Jane Eyre". Please do not take my word for it - read it and be mesmerised in a vividly painted world that will haunt you forever!
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2013 13:12:19 GMT
S. Stiles says:
Very good review - I have decided to buy the book as a result of reading it.

Posted on 17 Dec 2013 19:04:37 GMT
Maria Mason says:
I was doubtful after reading another review but after reading the above felt I must now read Villette. Thank you.

Posted on 7 Apr 2014 21:05:52 BDT
Morwenna says:
As a Bronte fan, I appreciate the review - but the town is called Villette - not the school.

Posted on 29 Sep 2015 20:48:50 BDT
no name says:
Why do you think VILLETTE is overlooked and ignored? Try downloading a few book reviews from the 1850s, the time of its first publication. It's alwyas been recognised as a great novel - there's more to literary criticism than Amazon reviews, you know
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