[[ Reading ]] ➶ The French Lieutenant's Woman Author John Fowles – Anguillais.us

The French Lieutenant's WomanThe Scene Is The Village Of Lyme Regis On Dorset S Lyme Bay The Largest Bite From The Underside Of England S Out Stretched Southwestern Leg The Major Characters In The Love Intrigue Triangle Are Charles Smithson, 32, A Gentleman Of Independent Means Vaguely Scientific Bent His Fianc E, Ernestina Freeman, A Pretty Heiress Daughter Of A Wealthy Pompous Dry Goods Merchant Sarah Woodruff, Mysterious Fascinatingdeserted After A Brief Affair With A French Naval Officer A Short Time Before The Story Begins Obsessed With An Irresistible Fascination For The Enigmatic Sarah, Charles Is Hurtled By A Moment Of Consummated Lust To The Brink Of The Existential Void Duty Dictates That His Engagement To Tina Must Be Broken As He Goes Forth Once Again To Seek The Woman Who Has Captured His Victorian Soul Gentleman S Heart.

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  1. says:

    With a title like The French Lieutenant s Woman it s gotta be a romance novel with a cover featuring some Fabio like male model in a 19th century French army uniform that s ripped to pieces to expose his abs as some buxom wench showing a lot of thigh clings to him, and he waves a sword in the air No Oh, so it was the basis for some award winning movie with Meryl Streep back in the 80s Then it s got to be some boring ass lame period piece with all kinds of proper English folk walking around with sticks up their asses as they talk about their proper English ways and how they musn t remove the sticks Not really Well, then what the hell is this book It s not what I was expecting, that s for sure.Sarah Woodruff is a governess who has scandalized the English community of Lyme Regis by falling for a French naval officer who had been washed ashore and then left her behind after she ruined herself for him I guess back in those days a woman couldn t just eat a bunch of ice cream, get drunk with her girlfriends, and then forget about some jerk who did her wrong Hooking up with a loser was grounds for a lifetime of people shaking their fingers at you Sarah doesn t even have the decency to hide her shame She insists on g...


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    I happen to come across two versions of this novel at the same time, this one, and one featuring Meryl Streep on the front cover I was always going to pick this one, as when I think of Meryl Streep The Deer Hunter immediately comes to mind, and the last thing I wanted when picking up this book each day and seeing her face was to think of Linda, the Vietnam War, and Christopher Walken s sad demise playing Russian roulette This is afterall a book about Victorian sexual repression on the south coast of England.A woman stands at the end of a deserted quay and stares out to sea this was a strong image that came to John Fowles one morning back in 1966, he at first thought he saw the image as the representation of a myth, like many ancient stories of women left at home while their sea faring lovers travel off far and wide to war, or to fulfill some divine destiny Eventually, the woman in Fowles s vision had a name, Sarah Woodruff, thus The French Lieutenant s Woman started to take shape All this coming long after the haunting landscape and coastal areas of South Dorset were plaguing his thoughts This novel was inevitable And even though it does build some vivid images of the coastal landscape, the lasting impression I have is of two lovers stuck in separate emotional cul de sacs In the case of Miss Woodruff, abandoned by a French lieutenant, who as i...


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    I think the greatest strength of this book is the utter uniqueness of it I don t think I ve ever read a book like it It is set in the Victorian year of 1867, and yet, the sensibility of the book is thoroughly grounded in the 1960s when it was written The language, metaphors, and focus of the book all come from the 1960s, and the actions of the characters are all given the lens of the highly visible author who is in fact one of the major characters of the book much in the style of Thackeray, though personally done here, I think.The plot itself starts off as a flimsy Victorian melodrama, if one were to remove everything but the bare skeletons of the action from it boy meets girl, boy is engaged to girl, boy meets mysterious amazing girl, boy suffers crisis of love, moral dilemmas abound and then it develops into something else much modern with modern situations and dilemmas But it is how it is described that is the best p art of the book the focus is on the philosophies, the problems, the context of the era Fowles is deeply involved in trying to explain ...


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    Like times, like manners And the times were puritanical The copulatory theme was repeated in various folio prints in gilt frames that hung between the curtained windows Already a loose haired girl in Camargo petticoats was serving the waiting gentlemen with Roederer s champagne In the background a much rouged but seemingly dressed lady of some fifty years of age cast a quiet eye over her clientele.John Fowles recreates the atmosphere of the Victorian era with an enviable thoroughness and he never fails to be rich in intriguing details So The French Lieutenant s Woman rightfully remains one of the great milestones in literature.But there is also a kind of the warning against gullibility.We can sometimes recognize the looks of a century ago on a modern face but never those of a centu...


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  6. says:

    I am infinitely strange to myself John Fowles, The French Lieutenant s WomanThe reason I am drawn to literature, to art, to books considered to be classics, is to watch some middle aged, bearded man put on a pair of excuse the flamboyant analogy skates and suddenly pitch himself into the center of the ring and pull off a triple Salchow I love risk taking, experimental literature With The French Lieutenant s Woman , Fowles is boldly moving in a lot of directions at once pushing down fourth walls Chapter 13 , jumping forward and backward in time, throwing himself into the path of the protagonist Charles and manages to control it all with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking He re creates a Victorian period novel and then deconstructs, dissects and parodies it while we watch He bends into it elements of Darwinian and Ma...


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    Because because, I do not know, I live among people the world tells me are kind, pious, Christian people And they seem to me crueller than the cruellest heathens, stupider than the stupidest animals The French Lieutenant s Woman is a baffling book It baffled me and I have no doubt it has left a trail of baffled readers behind it I wonder why no one has blurbed it with The French Lieutenant s Woman, proudly baffling people since 1969 yet It would be the most honest blurb in history for sure Even stranger, I read it slowly, closely, eyes and ears and brain cells wide open, and yet I feel as if I have understood nothing, as if I haven t understood the book Which is just as possible, as we ve already established the book has long set itself the very specific goal of making you question your own wits And yet, it does it without malice It doesn t take pleasure in your stupidity, it doesn t gloat over it It doesn t even pity it, nor sympathize with it No It is simply indifferent to it You wouldn t feel as stupid if it showed to care, and then it would amuse no one.Because The French Lieutenant s Woman is a microcosm on its own It needs nothing and no one, and no matter how many times the God of this world will address you, reader, because the truth is that to it, to Him, you do not exist You can be an Ideal Reader at best, but please leave your self o...


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    Here the sheer power of the Victorian novel, exploded revamped John Fowles invites you into an experiment he is conducting himself, stick with it you must the great puppeteer takes a story 100 years old, writes his characters and HIMSELF into the plot, right smack in the middle of Darwinian enlightenment and the empty floral vase that is Victorian Europe So much to witness in this enjoyable metaphysical romp Like, for instance, the satellite characters Yeah, I began a crush on Sam, our protagonist s manservant Why He looks at his master with eyes that take it all in, not in lust, but in victory His destiny to me seemed free and beautiful than our agonizing malcontent I was cognizant of this before it manifested on the page There are breaks in tradition galore Yes, the French Lieutenant s woman is the main character no, she is not followed with that straight fidelity one gives their literary objects of affection Where else can you find historical anecdotes and footnotes so resplendent in their use but in metalit There is a deep...


  9. says:

    Puede un libro compararse a un t Puede uno beber sus p ginas a sorbos, en una lluviosa tarde de invierno Puede uno saborear cada palabra como si fuera una gota de una infusi n a n por descubrir A veces, uno abandona la ltima p gina de un libro enamorado de sus protagonistas otras veces, con la sensaci n de haber perdido el tiempo y pocas, con un sabor entre amargo y dulce En este caso, ni me he enamorado de sus protagonistas ni he tenido la sensaci n de haber perdido el tiempo y mucho menos un sabor agridulce al terminar la historia Bien al contrario Y, aun as , s que esta historia me acompa ara por much...


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    Son zamanlarda okudu um en farkl roman diyebilirim Fowles n imdiye kadar okudu um eserleri i inde en sevdi im a k as B y c Halen o kitab n etkisini zerimden atamad m Fakat bu kitab nda ok sars c bir etkisi oldu zerinde Kitab okurken yer yer bu roman n nas l bu kadar nemli hale geldi ini sorgulama ihtiyac hissediyordum asl nda Kendi kendime Victoryen D nemi i erisinde postmadambovaryci bir kitap okudu umu san yordum ve Sarah karakterini de Madam Bovary e bir alternatif olarak nemli g r yordum Ancak Fowles n romanc olarak her zaman n fuzunu hissettirerek kitab yazmas , ancak bir s re sonra romanc n n yar tanr c rol n oynamay ba aramay p, kontrol n kaleminden kmas karakterlerin kendi istedikleri hayatlar ya amas beni kaba tabiriyle durur etti Kitap bu zelli i ile deneysel bir yaz m tarz na sahip, modern romanc l k i inde e siz bir yere konumland r labilir zerinde fazlaca d nme gereksimini do urtuyor.Kitab n bi imsel ve anlat sal zellikleri d nda, ok ciddi...

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