I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
Though nothing can compare with Jane Eyre, this was a great story, well told and well narrated. I had never read this before hearing it performed, and I followed without difficulty.
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This is a work strange and perverse. The heroine makes Jane Eyre seem even-tempered. So it is not for those who want a pleasant romantic storyline. There's much of interest here: some really well-drawn characters and vivid description. Of interest to students and admirers of the Victorian era and women's place in it. Lucy Snowe (the narrator and heroine) is full of anger and repression and is therefore a heck of a psychological study in herself. The plot is nearly non-existent. Best, I think, for those who are interested in the role of women in society in general, and in the character and talent of the Brontes in particular.
i know there are those who savor Bronte. i guess i am not one of them. the writing is lovely, but for me it is was difficult to stay engaged.
On the positive side, the reader is excellent. Mady Weston does a fabulous job with multiple languages and characters. Unfortunately, the negative aspects of this book completely distract from the simple story line of a poor lonely girl seeking the love she sees abounding all around her. When Lucy Snow, a young Protestant English lady, begins teaching in a private Catholic French School in Villette the story transforms into a thinly veiled attempt for the author to work out her major issues and prejudices against the Catholic faith. The characters of the book play the role of sounding out her sermons on the many evils of "Popery" and the "Jesuit treachery". Such common and lengthy disortations, peppered with personal attacks, form the main jist of this novel. Unlike other works of Charotte Bronte that treat faith as a fact of life, this one is merely about her unveiled dislike for all things Catholic. Addtionally, many of the characters are french and many times there are not translations given for the conversations that have ensued. I loved Jane Ayer by Charlotte Bronte and was disheartened to discover this side of an author I had enjoyed so much.