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Re-reading Villette [Apr. 25th, 2017|10:37 am]
Tony Grist
I have fallen into the habit of re-reading favourite novels last thing at night in bed.  I began with The Brothers Karamazov and I'm now over half way through Villette. There's no need to hurry. I know the story. I can saunter slowly and take pleasure in my surroundings.

Villette is much less dramatic than Jane Eyre- which is why it's never shared the earlier book's popularity- but it has greater subtlety, its people are wonderfully complex and alive and the world of the romantic imagination- of angels and devils and wild, wild weather- rages and storms against the very thin walls of custom and civility that they've built for their protection. Lucy Snowe- impassioned, repressed, independent, floating free of class and caste- is my very favourite fictional character.

[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-04-25 10:54 am (UTC)
Yes. I love Villette. Even that ambiguous ending...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-25 12:22 pm (UTC)
I think the ambiguous ending is wonderful- courageous too.
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