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Villette (Modern Library Torchbearers) Paperback – October 9, 2001

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"Brontë’s finest novel."
--Virginia Woolf

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"Villette! Villette! Have you read it?" exclaimed George Eliot when Charlotte Brontë's final novel appeared in 1853. "It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power."

Arguably Brontë's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette,flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new file as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy's struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her freindship with a wordly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.

"Villette is an amazing book," observed novelist Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. "Written before psychoanalysis came into being, Villette is nevertheless a psychoanalytic work—a psychosexual study of its heroine, Lucy Snowe. Written before the philosophy of existentialism was formulated, the novel's view of the world can only be described as existential. . . . Today it is read and discussed more intensely than Charlotte Brontë's other novels, and many critics now beleive it to be a true master-piece, a work of genius that more than fulfilled the promise of Jane Eyre." Indeed, Virginia Woolf judged Villette to be Brontë's "finest novel."


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  • ASIN : 037575850X
  • Publisher : Modern Library; New edition (October 9, 2001)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 624 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780375758508
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375758508
  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.16 x 1.34 x 8.09 inches
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Please note, this review is for the Amazon-published copy only. Villette itself is a literary masterpiece which Amazon have done zero justice to in their own publication. I give it one star because the cover is pretty, which was what prompted me to buy this particular copy. I assumed it couldn't be hard to publish a literary classic whose text is already in the public domain. How wrong I was.

There is no introductory text or note about the author - you are launched into the main text immediately after the flysheet without these normal courtesies. The print itself was small enough to make me worry I wouldn't be able to read it with ease (I'm not yet 40). But the worst offence is the plethora of typos to be found on every page. There is nothing more frustrating when reading a text (which you know to be a joy in the right hands) than to be constantly jarred by commas in the wrong place, missing spaces, and unclosed or unopened speech. And that's just the first two pages.

It's little wonder I couldn't find a publisher logo on the cover, spine, or flysheet of this book - if I had churned something out of this standard, I'd be ashamed to put my name to it, too. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy from a proper publisher who has at least had someone proofread the text. I will be returning my copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something for grown-ups to get their teeth into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. Great character study.
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