Villette by Charlotte Bronté

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI reading group:

Too long. Stimulated a good discussion. Over descriptive. Inclined to be implausible as the characters lacked continuity.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “Villette by Charlotte Bronté”

  1. Review by Firgrove Ladies Book Group:
    We did not find this book an easy read. The long descriptive sentences detracted from the story as did the numerous sentences in French. There was not a translation. Some of the members did not finish their book. To a modern reader it was long winded. However, we did appreciate that this is a classic.
    Rating: 3 stars

  2. Review by CC Readers
    This dauntingly long book was written for readers woh had time! Everyone enjoyed it but agreed that it was wordy – but wonderful words and descriptions of people and their characters. Poetic writing.
    Very auto-biographical and revealing about Charlotte’s own character and lack of self-esteem. Worth the effort!
    Rating: ***

  3. Review by Enjoying Books
    This is a long novel and learnt about Charlotte Bronte’s life (much is autobiographical). Beautiful sentences…quite a bit in French…not always happy but those who persevered were pleased they had.
    ** to *** 2 to 3 stars

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