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13 September 2018

Books from the Backlog: Villette by Charlotte Brontë

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?


  1. Nice choice! I like the sound and significance of this one.

    1. I thought the same thing when I picked it up and learned about the time it was written in her life.

  2. I haven't read anything by either of the Bronte sisters. I know that I should be ashamed. I do hope you enjoy this one, Jovita. I really miss Borders.

    1. No reason to be ashamed Carole. I also miss Borders, I was so sad when it closed.

  3. That's a pretty good reason to want to read it- I hope it lives up to the high standards of your other Bronte favorites. :)

    1. I'm hopeful that it will be a favorite... if I ever get started on it.

  4. I don't read the classics at all so I haven't read this. I hope you like it though!

    1. Thank you. I'm picky about which classics I read, not everyone likes them.

  5. I have a copy of this one on my shelf too--and it's been collecting dust for awhile, sad to say. I do want to read it. I'm just not sure when! Have a great weekend, Jovita.

    1. There are so many other books that I would like to read first. Hopefully one day.

  6. I hope you enjoy this one! I've never been enamored by the classics, but I appreciate their existence.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. Thanks Lindsi. Now that I've found other genres, I no longer read them or enjoy them like I used too.


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