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.
'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. '
'No one is spared in this book, especially not men and that’s why I really wanted to talk a bit about this novel here - I found very interesting to study what power women manage to have in Vanity Fair.'
“A man who is a gentleman in his cups may be trusted to be a gentleman at all times.” Louis Trevelyan is young and wealthy English man who meets Emily Rowley during a visit to the Mandarin Islands. Emily is the eldest daughter of the governor of the island and quickly the pair falls in … Continue reading He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope (1869)
“One doesn’t become a witch to run around being harmful, or to run around being helpful either, a district visitor on a broomstick. It’s to escape all that - to have a life of one’s own, not an existence doled out to by others.” After the death of her father, 28-year-old Laura 'Lolly' Willowes goes … Continue reading Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926)
I am so glad 2017 is behind us, now! This year has been like the opening of A Tale of Two Cities for me: 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Sheer bliss and utter despair have cohabited this year and it did not feel amazing. As for books, this … Continue reading 2017
A few weeks ago, I went to Persephone Books in London. If you have never heard about this wonderful little publishing house/ bookshop, let me tell you a bit more : this London-based publisher publishes almost exclusively women's works. Most of them have actually been forgotten and Persephone gives them a new life so that … Continue reading Reuben Sachs, Amy Levy (1888)
This is going to be a messy one. Where to begin? I have tried to write this post so many times and I just cannot find the right words. Let's just say that these past few months have been tough and brought me at my lowest. I wouldn't wish to anyone to feel that way, but at … Continue reading Ugh #4
'This rose is not so fragrant as a summer flower, but it has stood through hardships none of them could bear: the cold rain of winter has sufficed to nourish it, and its faint sun to warm it; the bleak winds have not blanched it, or broken its stem, and the keen frost has not … Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Brontë, 1847
'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