My friend Mandy and I are starting a booktube channel. First up is Villette. I yell about attics. Mandy appreciates fops. (Weโll work on clarity and editing/production as we go, but for now enjoy two former booksellers in their element). Warnings for: spoilers, language, and strong feelings about Emily Brontë https://youtu.be/5a0UdNBXzwQ
Long walk over the Yorkshire Moors today to Top Withen ( the small building at the top of the large photo)..... the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. Finished off, 10 soggy miles later with a very fine sticky bun! #bronteadventure #litsywalkers
I was going through a break-up the first time I read Villette, over 20 years ago, and so I always associated it with deep sadness.
Rereading it, I realized it wasn't just my own misery colouring things, because this book is legit sad, all on its own! But it's also brilliant, passionate, and brave. It confirmed that I really do love Charlotte Bronte, I really, really do! I plan to re-read Jane Eyre and Shirley in 2019.
Today‘s book haul...
I hope you‘ve all had a great day whatever you‘ve been doing. I love being part of this Litsy community and have enjoyed reading all of your posts today, even if there hasn‘t been time to interact!
I FINALLY finished! I feel I‘ve said that about several dense classics, this year. Villette has many strengths: rich characters, vibrant descriptions, intriguing story, delicious gothic intensity. But I found it lacking in just as many ways. It was so long, meandering, rife with prejudice and religious diatribes. Catholicism and Belgian culture served as villains, whereas the main character‘s pious judgment was relegated to a quirk. ๐
โHe deserved condign punishment for his testy crotchets.โ
I had to cross-reference this sentence in the physical book to make sure there wasn‘t a typo.
...she gets it from her mama.
My husband snapped both of these this morningโtotally coincidental! This is me scrolling Litsy. ๐
I've been chipping away at this one for about a month and a half. Clearly Jane Eyre is Bronte's masterpiece. This one was alright. I did like the character of Lucy Snowe but the book lost me a few times and I had to bring myself back into focus on what was going on many times. BUT! I finished my #LitsyClassics for 2018. ๐๐๐
โHappiness is the cure โ a cheerful mind the preventive: cultivate both.โ
No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to CULTIVATE happiness.
This book was slow to start but halfway through I was totally consumed by the story and had to binge-read to the end. Lucy Snowe is the most strangely compelling-yet-hateable heroine I‘ve ever met. She is so utterly alone and resigned to living a desolate life. A fascinating look at the psychology of a woman raised as an outsider and searching for love that she's not sure she deserves. The ending left me stunned and in awe of Bronte ๐๐ป
Lucy Snowe is quite the tragic heroine so far... wondering to what extent she is based on Bronte‘s own experiences. If entirely, then poor Charlotte must have had a rough go of it ๐
โInadventurous, unstirred by impulses of practical ambition, I was capable of sitting twenty years teaching infants the hornbook, turning silk dresses, and making children‘s frocks. Not that true contentment dignified this infatuated resignation: my work had neither charm for my taste, nor hold on my interest; but it seemed to me a great thing to be without heavy anxiety, and relieved from intimate trial; the negation of severe suffering was...โ
โIt‘s like that time when I wandered into a school in the middle of the night in a city whose language I didn‘t speak and asked for a job without references and they looked at my face and then said, โSure, why not?‘โ ...said no one, ever.
Lucy is a tough protagonist to like and that‘s saying something, because I hated Jane Eyre. Yet, I would rather go camping with Lucy. Lucy is alone in the world and is a teacher b/c she needs the money. Lucy is also insufferable. And even with the quibbles, I fell deeply in love with Lucy. Yet, I wanted a better ending and was disappointed by the last 150 pages. Ultimately, I found comfort in the ways Lucy expresses her loneliness & could relate.
I am aware that this bk drew upon charlotte's experience teaching in Belgium, certainly i felt the authors personality throughout the story. At times serious, lord help catholics, but also with a mischievous sense of humour and a witty portrayal of characters. I especially loved the ending suspecting charlotte laughing at the open mouthed readers as she plays with their sensitivities. Perhaps too much religion but a remarkable rd. #LitsyClassics
So I'm starting my 18th book in the #LitsyClassics challenge with letter V. After enjoying The tenant of wildfell hall earlier this year im looking forward to another Bronte trip.
#Iwonder when I will get to this chunkster, considered as Charlotte Brontë‘s finest. The story follows Lucy Snowe to the fictional Belgian town of Villette, where she teaches in a girls school. It is based on Brontë‘s own experiences in Brussels, where she lived for almost two years in the early 1840s.
My book haul today! 3 for $10! I love Indigo because they always have copies of the classics for soooo cheap! ๐
What a summer this is, unbelievable ๐. The Netherlands feel like the Mediterenean right now. We are sailing out of the city and on the boat I‘ve finished this book. I can‘t believe this is the author of Jane Eyre, I really didn‘t like this one. So much French and no plot at all. Very uninteresting. #1001books
I don‘t know if underrated is the right word, but it‘s not as famous as Jane Eyre, and it‘s on my TBR list for #litsyclassics. I wish I had a copy with these wonderful Edmund Dulac illustrations. #requiredreadingredo
I am listening to this one on audio and am having a hard time. All that French, read by an Englishman, is pretty hard to understand...
Currently dividing my reading time between these two chunksters. One in my usual wheelhouse, one not. Both satisfying in different ways.
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me why I loved Jane Eyre so much, even as it made me realize some of Bronte‘s prejudices, which I hadn‘t noticed as a child. I love her anyway. The narrator did a phenomenal job, even though she sounded much older than the MC. My only problem was all the French she rattled off. My French is rusty and I read it better than I understand it so, while I caught snippets, I also missed a lot.
#LitsyClassics #MayLovesClassics #female
I'm down visiting my mum this weekend and the oxfam bookshop is an inevitable draw- i picked up 3 books today which include this my choice for V in the classic challenge and these other two which ive wanted to read for ages. Three diverse and wonderful female writers - can't wait.
I was excited to read this - Jane Eyre is my favourite classic and I'd heard good things about Villette. At first I was fully invested in Lucy Snowe but as the book drew on I found myself distracted by the prose and losing the thread of the story. Some passages I had to skim because they were either waffle or completely inaccessible to me. It was a struggle in places and the ambiguous fate of M. Paul left me feeling a little frustrated.
Lucy Snowe is not a kick-ass, badass, rah-rah #heroine. She's just plain, shy, introspective, deeply observant, intelligent, sensitive & ill-adjusted to life. I just feel her & feel for her so much. This book is like the spiritual sister to Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground. No enforced positivity or redemption; just human psychology at its most brutal & mysterious. #maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81
I will freely admit that there was some skimming happening while reading this book, because JFC get on with it already. I have no problem with long books but it gets tedious with classics in particular. But that being said, I did like this overall and Lucy Snowe is a terrific character. And it was fun to try to see just how much French I know. C'est seulement un peu, mais j'aime pratiquer. The ending though, Ms. Brontë, how dare you. 3/5 โญ๏ธ
I've had this book on my TBR shelves for probably about two years. I'm not intimidated at all by long books, and it's not even super long IMO. I just never felt in the right mood to dive into it after slogging through Middlemarch in June 2016. But it's finally time! Part of my 2018 reading goals is to clear out all the oldest books on my TBR shelves, and damn it, I'm gonna make it happen.
Was there ever a more appropriate day for me to finish this book with whom I have such a love/hate relationship than April fools day? Please tell me I am not the only one left stunned by this book and its ending??
1. Charlotte Bronte & Alice Munro
2. I miss my friends so much. (They live in a different city.) So a night out with them!
3. Late 19th century, early 20th.
4. Thanks @Ddzmini. ๐ Want to play @saresmoore @Billypar ?
# trivialThursday @GarthRanzz