by Charlotte Brontë
first published in 1853
From Goodreads: With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls’ boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, the hostility of headmistress Madame Beck, and her own complex feelings – first for the school’s English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emanuel. Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a governess in Brussels, Charlotte Brontë’s autobiographical novel, the last published during her lifetime, is a powerfully moving study of loneliness and isolation, and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.
I really should have read this by now. I’ve Jane Eyre (also by Brontë) for a long time, so I’m wondering why I’ve never picked up Villette. I’ve heard it praised by several BookTubers whose opinions I trust, so that plus the fact that I recently found a copy at the used bookstore should help me read this one soon.
5 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: Villette”
Omg I haven’t thought about this book in years
Did you like it?
I remember liking it very much, but I think it was soap opera like….I need to relook at it
I really want to reread this one! I think it’s even better than Jane Eyre! Just less read, as it is much, much longer!
“better than Jane Eyre” is high praise, since Jane Eyre is one of my favorites!