Review: Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Genre: Classics
Published: October 9, 2001 by Modern Library
Length: 573 Pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Arguably Brontë’s most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette, flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy’s struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her friendship with a wordly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë’s strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.” – Goodreads

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Every time I read a review about Villette on Goodreads, they would always compare it to Jane Eyre (another of Bronte’s work). Most of them have said that this last work of Bronte is more brilliant than Jane Eyre. That’s what got me to read Villette. Jane Eyre is my favorite classics book and since a lot of reviewers said in their reviews that Villette was better, I told myself I have to check it out. Well turns out it was the other way around. For me, the only thing that they have in common is their occupation – both were a governess.

Before I read a book, I always read one or two reviews so I get the heads-up of what the story might be about (besides the summary of course). Since I’ve been told that those books were quite similar, I expected Villette to be about romance, like Jane and Mr. Rochester. Turns out, the romance part does not come out till the last volume of the book.

How I see this book is we get to know more about who Lucy meets rather herself. I like to call this book “Lucy and Friends” because that’s basically what I see. We get to know more about the other characters than our protagonist. I might be redundant but that’s just what you’re going to read in the book.

Despite of what I disliked, there was something in the book that got me hooked on to though. I was not expecting for it, let me give you a clue: the nun.  I usually read at night in the living room or in the kitchen and when I read that part, I literally ran to my room. It was the scariest thing to me. It was totally unexpected.

Basically, only some parts in the book were page turners. The more you read, the longer the pages there are per chapter. This was an okay book to me.


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3 Responses to “Review: Villette by Charlotte Bronte”


  1. 1 Mr WordPress July 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

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  2. 2 Briana August 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I also have a tendency to try to sell this book to people by telling them I think it’s better than Jane Eyre. 😉 But even my friends who love Jane Eyre have yet to trust me and read it.

    If anything, this book is most like Bronte’s other novel The Professor. I read a foreword in one version that attempted to argue that it is NOT, but I must respectfully say I think the foreword is wrong. (And Villette is better than The Professor, too.)

    • 3 littlebookstar August 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      I’m glad you liked Villette! It was an alright book for me probably because there wasn’t that much romantic ‘moments’ in the book except towards the end. But I still think Bronte is fantastic, and maybe someday I’ll try to read The Professor.


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