Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf or e-reader unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link at Carole’s Random Life, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.
This week's neglected book:
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Paperback, 672 pages
Published April 7th, 2009 by Vintage
(first published 1853)
Charlotte Brontë's final masterpiece powerfully portrays a woman struggling to reconcile love, jealousy, and a fierce desire for independence.
Having fled a harrowing past in England, Lucy Snowe begins a new life teaching at a boarding school in the great capital of a foreign country. There, as she tries to achieve independence from both outer necessity and inward grief, she finds that her feelings for a worldly doctor and a dictatorial professor threaten her hard-won self-possession.
Published in 1853, Charlotte Bronte's last novel was written in the wake of her grief at the death of her siblings. It has a dramatic force comparable to that of her other masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as well as a striking modernity of psychological insight and a revolutionary understanding of human loneliness.
Why did I add Villette to my bookshelf?
Two of my favorite classics are written by the Brontë sisters. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I have multiple editions of each book and I was hoping that Villette will be my third favorite classic. I picked this up at Border’s Bookstore, before they closed for good in 2010.
What are your thoughts? Have you read this book? Would you recommend it to others?