Villette, Charlotte Brontë, 1853

When you start reading Villette, it is very hard to see what is so appealing about it. Lucy Snowe is so passive and odd, you actually wonder why she's the narrator and how this could become interesting. But then, you get caught up in her story and finish the book wondering what actually happened to you during your reading. I did not think the story of this novel was peculiarly gripping or rich, but when I first started to sum it up here, I realised that it was quite the opposite. There are so many things to say! So many things to be told! However, I would like to focus especially on the strength of Villette and how incredibly powerful this book is.

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The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane (2013)

'It is incredibly difficult to sum up The Night Guest and do it justice, without completely revealing the end. What I can say is that this is a wonderful little gem about ageing, love, and trust. It is quite rare that recent releases give me a lot of things to say about them, I tend to read them to relax and change my mind from my beloved lengthy Victorian tomes. However, Fiona McFarlane's debut is an accomplishment and it moved me beyond anything I could have ever expected. '

The Scarlet Letter (La lettre écarlate), Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

'There came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own, pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system. The three formed an electric chain.' Au XVIIème siècle, dans la … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter (La lettre écarlate), Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850