Villette

Villette

by Charlotte Brontë, Nadia May (Read by)
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Villette by Charlotte Brontë, Nadia May

With her final novel, Villette, Charlotte Bronte reached the height of her artistic power. First published in 1853, Villette is Bronte's most accomplished and deeply felt work, eclipsing even Jane Eyre in critical acclaim. Her narrator, the autobiographical Lucy Snowe, flees England and a tragic past to become an instructor in a French boarding school in the town of Villette. There, she unexpectedly confronts her feelings of love and longing as she witnesses the fitful romance between Dr. John, a handsome young Englishman, and Ginerva Fanshawe, a beautiful coquetter. This first pain brings others, and with them comes the heartache Lucy has tried so long to escape. Yet in spite of adversity and disappointment, Lucy Snowe survives to recount the unstinting vision of a turbulent life's journey—a journey that is one of the most insightful fictional studies of a woman's consciousness in English literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786111046
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/1997
Edition description: Unabridged, 14 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 - 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell.

Brontë's first manuscript, The Professor, did not secure a publisher, although she was heartened by an encouraging response from Smith, Elder & Co. of Cornhill, who expressed an interest in any longer works Currer Bell might wish to send. Brontë responded by finishing and sending a second manuscript in August 1847. Six weeks later Jane Eyre: An Autobiography was published.

Brontë became pregnant soon after her wedding, but her health declined rapidly and, according to Gaskell, she was attacked by "sensations of perpetual nausea and ever-recurring faintness." She died, with her unborn child, on 31 March 1855, aged 38, three weeks before her 39th birthday. Her death certificate gives the cause of death as tuberculosis, but biographers including Claire Harman suggest that she died from dehydration and malnourishment due to vomiting caused by severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum. There is also evidence that she died from typhus, which she may have caught from Tabitha Ackroyd, the Brontë household's oldest servant, who died shortly before her. Brontë was interred in the family vault in the Church of St Michael and All Angels at Haworth.

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Villette 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many typos and is only a third of the actual book. Passages appear missing which explains why the story was not making sense.
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Is dropped in his mother runs away. He is 3 minutes old.
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((Yup)) iceshatter padded in, dipping a paw into the water. Seeing that the water was a pleasent warm, she dove in without second thought, letting her thoughts dissolve into the water.
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Numerous typographical errors, random paragraph breaks, and strange symbols inserted. I guess you get what you pay for.
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