Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review and Gluing Too

Summer finds me still reading up a storm and working in the gluebook.
Using a blank Moleskin, instead of an old book with some pages removed, requires a lot more thought and effort. More pics soon.

VilletteVillette by Charlotte Brontë

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To read Villette is to re-align your mind to thinking and understanding in a far different way than we are accustomed to today. The depth of feeling, expressed in deep, sometimes involved descriptions, requires more attention and diligence to the page. I sometimes need to re-read sentences to obtain the meaning.

Lucy is an English girl with no family, who travels to Villette, France to take employment at a girls' school. Her days there are sometimes filled with ennui, as she deals with Madame Beck, head of the school. Emanuel Paul, another teacher becomes important to her although he and Lucy clash in many ways. The love interests of other characters add to Lucy's life and also her angst at her position in life. Spiritual differences between Catholicism and Protestantism figure large between Lucy and the other characters.

For me, not as compelling as Jane Eyre, but a good read. The ending is left to the reader to decide, with the last paragraphs written in a rather hazy way.

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