Monday, May 20, 2013

The Spin Has Spun At The Classics Club


The chosen number for the spin is... 6!  So, what was my #6? Villette, by Charlotte Brontë. Quick summary from Goodreads:

"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 life 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 friendship with a worldly 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."


Sounds like a pretty modern tale. Villette is thought to be the best of all Brontë's novels. It's one of the books I thought would be challenging. It's been called existential and psychoanalytical. It's a little intimidating, though I've read Jane Erye (and loved it), so I'm familiar with the style. I'm eager to start the novel, but I pre-ordered a certain other book... something to do with mountains... it is released tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it, so I might wait to start Villette until June... Though now that I've written this post, I kind of want to start Villette right now. 

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  1. Ah, we have the same book to read. Great, I'm not alone ;) Even though it's a big book, I'm looking forward to it. I've also read and liked Jane Eyre. Now I just have to decide on which copy I'd like and actually order it.

    Good luck!

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    1. The more I think about it, the more I'm looking forward to it.

      I downloaded it on my iPad, but looking at the length, I'm considering getting a printed version too...

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  2. Enjoy.. should be even better with company :-)

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  3. I just adore this book, it's so much better than Jane Eyre. It's not hard to read at all, just remember that the narrator doesn't give much away...

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    1. Sounds even more intriguing now...

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  4. Enjoy the book whenever you decide to dive in! It's not on my list, but I hope to read it some day. Did you like Jane Eyre? I really enjoyed JE and would like to compare books. I like Charlotte Brontë's style of writing.

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    1. Jane Eyre was an amazing novel. I would love to re-read it, but my list is already full :) Maybe I'll be inspired after Villette and re-read it anyway. I'm hoping to start it soon.

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