The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman

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by John Fowles, Paul Shelley
     
 

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This international bestseller, now an award-winning film, is an intricate portrait of Victorian relationships and love. In the story, Charles Smithson is engaged to a wealthy woman, but breaks off the engagement over his secret affair with the beautiful, mysterious Sarah Woodruff, a woman known locally as the forsaken lover of a French lieutenant. The novel offers

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This international bestseller, now an award-winning film, is an intricate portrait of Victorian relationships and love. In the story, Charles Smithson is engaged to a wealthy woman, but breaks off the engagement over his secret affair with the beautiful, mysterious Sarah Woodruff, a woman known locally as the forsaken lover of a French lieutenant. The novel offers three different endings to encourage you to reach your own conclusions.

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By giving characters their freedom, Fowles also liberates himself from the tyranny of the rigid plan; but there remains a more basic limitation of fiction, and from this Fowles frees himself by means of his double ending: "The novelist is still a god," Fowles says in The French Lieutenant's Woman, "since he creates (and not even the most aleatory avant-garde modern novel has managed to extirpate its author completely); what has changed is that we are no longer the gods of the Victorian image, omniscient and decreeing; but in the new theological image, with freedom our first principle, not authority." Thus, although the novel seems in many ways a Victorian novel, the author reminds the reader that it is not; it is actually a novel of our time, with "this self-consciousness about the processes of art [that] is a hallmark of much twentieth-century fiction.
Edward T. Chase
A miracle of sorts….an absorbingly dramatic love story…and a virtuoso stylistic performance.
New Republic
Joyce Carol Oates
Dazzling…audacious…highly rewarding….A remarkable, original work in which at least two visions operate simultaneously, the one Victorian and melodramatic, the other modern and wise. An outlandish achievement!
Washington Post Book World
Webster Schott
A wonder of contemporary fiction….It meets the simplest, oldest, and least fashionable test of excellence. You never want it to end.
Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501215360
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
01/13/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)

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They stopped. He stared at the black figure, "But I'm intrigued. Who is this French lieutenant?"

"A man she is said to have . . ."

"Fallen in love b&nwith?"

"Worse than that."

"And he abandoned her? There is a child?"

"No. I think no child. It is all gossip."

"But what is she doing there?"

"They say she waits for him to return."
—from The French Lieutenant's Woman

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