Thursday, December 23

Book Review: The French Lieutenant's Woman

Title: The French Lieutenant's Woman

Author: John Fowles

Pages: 467

Summary: In a feat of seductive storytelling, John Fowles immerses us in the emotionally charged world of a Victorian love triangle and, through a startling act of literary invention, reveals the image of modern man reflected in the past. The French Lieutenant’s Woman is perhaps the most beloved of Fowels' internationally best selling novels; it is universally regarded as a modern classic.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a very unique and unusual book for me. It is unlike anything I’ve ever read and it was narrated in a very different way, one you don’t normally see - especially in post-modern fiction. Yet, the author managed to re-create a very Victorian-esque scenery for the reader, and managed to jump into the flow of story telling from the Victorian era quite nicely. There were times I almost forgot the author wrote the book during the 60’s, making for an enjoyable read.

The story itself didn’t impress me much, I did enjoy Sarah, she was an odd character, but I liked her for that. She was different than most of the woman in the book, although she was seen as a seductress, she didn’t seem to be ashamed of her self. She’s determined, and a bit mysterious throughout the book. I can’t say I loved the character, but I did think she was one that intrigued me. Although, I didn’t seem to understand the obsession Charles had with her. I got the feeling his quest was to tame the wild beast. Or satisfy some odd sexual desire. He wasn’t a very likable character; in fact, most of the characters bothered me. But the novel had such a strong narration and writing style, it kept me pulled into the book.

The multiple endings were and odd twist to the book. I don’t think I have a favourite ending but I think it was very interesting ploy on the narrator. I really enjoyed the narrator’s role in the book. I always find books written this way to be an enjoyable read and this is no exception. Overall it was a good book, especially for a romance book. The characterization may have it’s downfalls, but the way to story is told makes it a worthwhile read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, but to select readers. I know a lot of readers out there wouldn’t like how the book is told, nor would they like the characters. This is a book you like or you don’t. It’s something different, so if you want to branch out your reading and try something different, this is it. If you like Victorian style writing, this is also a good choice.

What to read next: The Scarlet Letter, A Room with a View, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge,

1 comment:

  1. I bought this book last year, and want to make the time to read it. It sounds like although the characters are unlikable, the story is executed in a really interesting way, and that intrigues me. I am going to have to read this one sooner rather than later! I also like the multiple endings trick. Sometimes that doesn't work out, but when it does, it makes for very interesting reading!