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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Karen Cass Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls's boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, a headmistress who spies on her staff, and her own complex feelings: first for the school's English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Villette, Charlotte Brontë's last and most autobiographical novel, is a powerfully moving look at isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ruth Oschmann | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this book and I look forward to reading it again soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/12/2014

    " Charlotte Bronte has held a place in my heart ever since I read Jane Eyre as a girl and couldn't shake it out of my subconcious- Vilette is even more haunting. It is the last of her four novels, largely a re-write of her first novel The Professor, which was rejected many times for publication (it was written from a not entirely convincing male PoV) and it's a masterpiece. Lucy Snowe is the definition of an unreliable narrator- she is reluctant to ever admit in so many words that she feels unrequited love, or loneliness, and yet it comes across so poignantly and clearly in her descriptions of events that it is heartbreaking. Anyone who has ever felt unrequited love, been a foreigner in a strange land, had to rely on oneself without the benefits of a good family to fall back on- anyone who's been the "quiet one" is bound to empathize with Lucy's courage, depth and stoicism. The narrator, and novel as a whole, has a way of winding its quiet way around your heart. Unforgettable characters. And as even more incentive to read it, George Eliot and Virgina Woolf both endorsed Villette as Charlotte Bronte's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/9/2014

    " The story is not as compelling a Jane Eyre "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by marc | 1/26/2014

    " the only novel i read in 2009 that wrung more than a few cursory tears from me. i bawled unceasingly through the final hour i spent with it. i hated it most of the way through but ended up finding it truly rewarding and i was finally happy that i saved it until i'd read shirley. i had always heard that this was her most accomplished novel and i found that it gave me a kick that her others didn't. this novel has a meticulously constructed surface and pure heartbreak lurking beneath in a way that is much easier to ignore than it might seem. i recommend this penguin classics edition by helen cooper for its notes. the final note to the novel is unbeatable, especially if you don't read it until after you've finished the novel, the way i did. i can't imagine reading the novel without that note. but it was lucy snowe who enriched my life. "

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