Classics Club: Villette

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë wasn’t the easiest book to read, and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Jane Eyre.  I liked it, but I frequently read several chapters while wondering where the story was going.  The first 3 chapters didn’t seem to be leading anywhere, especially since this is supposed to be the narrator’s story.  There was also a chapter towards the end in which she rambles on seemingly aimlessly about religion.  Many of the other characters annoyed me at one point or another throughout the book, and I think that’s why it took so long for me to read it.  I frequently put it aside to read other books after only a chapter because one of the characters, usually M. Paul or Ginevra Fanshawe, made me wish Lucy would let them have a piece of her mind.  I was able to relate to Lucy though, especially when she first arrives in London, and I was sincerely hoping that her story would end happily.  I wasn’t disappointed, but if anyone had asked me at anytime till well past the halfway point what I thought would bring about that happy ending, I wouldn’t have guessed correctly.

2 thoughts on “Classics Club: Villette

  1. I had the same experience with Villette; it wasn’t nearly as absorbing as Jane Eyre. And the story definitely has its weak points, such as the rambling and the frequent divergence from the plot. Lucy managed to be likeable, though, although not as likeable as Jane Eyre, of course. 🙂

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