- Mass Market Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Signet (October 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451110951
- ISBN-13: 978-0451110954
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,413,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The French Lieutenant's Woman
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"The Victorian story of The French Lieutenant's Woman is probably even more believable on audio than it is on screen...Jeremy Irons-who also acted in the film-is a master reader." -- Sunday News, January 1998
"Who better to read this acclaimed novel of Victorian mores than Jeremy Irons? His diction, his tone, his accent-all suit the subject, and his talent for reading as well as acting gives life and undeniable poignancy to Fowles' story. Through only a spoken word, listeners will be haunted by Sarah Woodruff's eyes and tormented by Charles' struggles. Credit for the accomplishment goes to both author and reader." -- The Roanoke Times, January 1998 --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
About the Author
John Fowles has written many of the bestselling and most critically acclaimed novels of recent decades, among them The Collector, The Magus, Daniel Martin, and The Ebony Tower. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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For this reader however it was Mrs Poultenay, on the fast track to reach the pearly gates who stole the show. I don't feel that this is a book for everybody but it was different, certainly not what I remembered. 4.5 stars
The narrator's voice insistently reminds the reader that this novel is set in 1867 (the novel was written in 1969) and also comments on Victorian mores as the novel goes along, making what is known in Philosophy as "meta-comments", that is comments about the novel itself. As the novel progresses towards its end, this voice becomes ever more apparent, especially during the most famous part of the novel, in which Fowles presents his reader with three alternative endings. What is magical is how Fowles manages to do this without annoying the reader. Five stars.
The characters are so well described that I feel like I see them. The minute detail, even the useless ones are so interesting that I could not skip any single paragraph. In the end, the main character of the story turned out to be the Victorian Age.
Most fascinating and intriguing.
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