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3.0 out of 5 stars slightly disappointed my high expectations, 16 July 2011
This review is from: The French Lieutenant's Woman (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
A novel set in Victorian times, published in 1969, and narrated by an author suffused with mid-20th century ideas. It tells the story of a love affair, and one for which the author write three different endings.

Coming to this after reading "The Crimson Petal and the White" and "The Children's Book", the concept of writing a novel which reflects both the 19th century and a modern take on the life of the time is no longer unfamiliar - bold and unexpected as it must have been when Fowles wrote it - and a startling and ambitious departure after the two very different masterpieces of The Magus and The Collector. While the multiple endings are of interest, perhaps there is nothing so new there - Great Expectations has two in modern editions, and there are the cancelled chapters of Persuasion...

So - while this undoubtedly holds the attention - I was a little disappointed overall. But then my expectations had been very high.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2012 22:15:09 BDT
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bookwormsu says:
The French Lieutenant's Woman (Vintage Classics) "The crimson petal and the white" ! I have read that book and considered it high grade pornography. It gave a superficial representation of Victorian society, but with cliche'd emotions and situations. It made me feel ill. In ten years it will not be in print, or even in Kindle. But John Fowles does give an interesting slant on Victorian England. He has well researched it. While there is sexuality in the book it is part and parcel of life. Perhaps the reviewer expected more sex, so a bit disappointed? John Fowles books - think of the impact of "The Magus" will always hold a place in English Literature, no not Dickens, but respectable enough.I have just decided to buy it for my Kindle. I haven't read it for ages.
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