Read this beautiful, romantic feminist classic from the author of Jane Eyre.
When Lucy Snowe leaves England to look for a new life on the Continent she has no idea what lies in store for her. This quiet, lonely girl must learn quickly when she finds herself teaching in a foreign school, with no friends or family to rely on. However, it's not long before figures from Lucy's past appear and she becomes involved in dilemmas which inspire new and passionate feelings in her.
'I am only just returned to a sense of the real world about me, for I have been reading Villette ... There is something preternatural about its power' George Eliot
"Weird and wonderful"
"So original, so transgressive in its content and so startlingly unorthodox in its form, that its 19th-century readers were dumbfounded by it...a visionary description of psychic life ...a subtle and dazzlingly inventive exploration of areas of consciousness never mapped in fiction before, and seldom since"
"Villette has always been the most heart-squeezing of the Bronte novels...a perfect study of quiet desperation...a rich novel"
"A novel with an unconscious mind. The deeper you dig, the more disturbing it becomes"
"Charlotte Bronte's most profound achievement"
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