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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 going out walking by the ocean as she is clearly pining for Frenchie in spite of strict orders from her pious lady employer not to walk around where decent folk can tell what she s thinking.Charles Smithson is a Victorian era gentleman engaged to Ernestina and visiting her aunt in the area After he accidentally comes across Sarah, he gets interested in her story and tries to convince her to stop making her situation worse by being so openly miserable and letting him help arrange for better employment in London where her scandal won t be so well known But Sarah plays a dangerous game of asking Charles for clandestine meetings for advice while acting like she has no urge to change her life Naturally, Charles finds himself falling for her despite warnings from a local doctor that Sarah is addicted to melancholia and may only be interested in spreading her misery around.At first, this seems like it s going to be a pretty standard Victorian era tragic romance But John Fowles took some serious detours in this book First, he openly writes it as a god like narrator from the future who knows how silly and hypocritical a lot of English society was then It gets even stranger when he starts writing about the writing of the story itself He complains that characters aren t behaving the way he thought they should Then he begins presenting alternate versions of the plot based on decisions by the characters that vastly change how the book would end as he explains that the only fair way to end the story is to present all the ways that it possibly could end It s also not entirely clear about who you should be sympathizing with here Is Sarah a woman ahead of her time being unfairly treated by a bunch of hypocrites Or is she a slightly unbalanced woman taking a hatred of men out on Charles by gaining his pity and love at the possible cost of his reputation Is Charles a good man living in an age that traps him with outdated ideas of duty and honor Is he just a selfish snob who gets cold feet about his own upcoming marriage and deliberately acts stupidly to try and stop it It could be that all of these factors are true Or that none of them are.While I liked the writing and the way that Fowles played with the structure of a traditional novel, the problem for me is that I was so unsure about Sarah and Charles that I couldn t ever really get engaged with them emotionally At times I felt bad for one or both of them, and at other times I didn t like them at all I ended up admiring the book than I enjoyed it.


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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 it happens, despite his name being in the title, plays almost no role in the novel s most important events Fowles is interested in the burdening enigma of this fallen woman, the ostracized female viewedby her community as a source of sexual scandal and gossip Such women were well known to Victorian society, and might even appear in a tale or two, but rarely anything than a cardboard figure, a part in a moralizing tale about female weakness or the dangers of concupiscence Fowles wisely understood that such characters could be better created, and tell us things about nineteenth century life that the female protagonists of a Jane Austen or a William Thackeray would never truly reveal Fowles s utter fascination with Sarah Woodruff is shared equally by his leading male Mr Charles Smithson By the standards of Victorian England, Smithson is highly educated, worldly and enlightened He dabbles in science, and admires Charles Darwin And yet Smithson is still repressed, and completely out of touch with his own drives and unconscious desires, his notion of sexuality is still embedded in the moral and religious views of his time and place He wants to be the Gentleman with a respectable Victorian wife that would be Ernestina but Miss Woodruff, the Community s whore as she is known, can t escape the other self he fears that he will turn out to be.Sarah, who is clearly overrun with melancholia, refuses to play the role of a disgraced harlot, or even the victim She is drawn as a powerful woman, with an enclosed sexual appetite and inner life perhaps deeper than Smithson Fowles relies on the strong female to create the dramatic conflicts in this novel, and Sarah Woodruff is in the end one of the most memorable ladies I have encountered in fiction I was worried this would turn into just another dull romantic story, with characters you couldn t give a hoot for Thankfully it isn t It s also clever in the way the narrative is binary in nature, as the novel extends to provide two endings There is the conventional romance and it s deconstruction Considering it was first published in 1969 Fowles does a remarkable job of bringing Victorian England to life Everything is effectual in terms of his story, apart from one niggle, for some strange reason Fowles decides to cut into the story every now and then to remind us we are reading a work of fiction I think the term Metafiction probably applies Not sure why he thought best to do this But anyhow, I still dish out a strong four stars.


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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 the actions of his characters with pages long meditations and research into the Victorian pysche, based on thinkers, papers, popular opinions and events of the era For example, the main character, Charles, is an amateur scientist and is a very strong Darwinist Fowles gets involved with class issues, capitalist society, poetry, the suffrage movement, feminism, and of course, the overarching focus of the book sexuality and its repression and unrepression It is here that comes my only real criticism of the book that at times the book is very dated to the 1960s in its utter obsession with sex and bohemia and fuck the system kind of rhetoric Which still rings with many today, so perhaps it isn t a problem for all I just found it sort of threw me out of the magic of the story when he tried to make his characters 1960s type heroes Another large and fascinating part of the book is that John Fowles allows us to see him at work He shows us the road not taken in statements like but much eloquently put than this Well I could do this. but that would betray the character. but it is the formula. where shall I go from here He lets the reader see behind the curtain, and see his process, lets them know that he recognizes what he is doing and what he could have done or should have done by convention He muses on what the character might want, or what he might want, and the various conventions that an author has at his disposal to most effectively display what he wants to convey I did not think that it threw me out of the book at all It made it even interesting, actually I d recommend this book for even people who don t usually like Victorian literature It has so modern a voice and discusses so many issues that we find of relevance today that perhaps your eyerolling can be kept to a minimum.


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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 century to come On comparing the past with the present one inevitably corrupts the past with one s modern attitude.


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    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 Marxist thought two revolutionary Men who lived during this period, but are never displayed in the works of the Bront s, Hardy, Gaskell, Dickens or Trollope Doing so, he subverts both the age and the novel The French Lieutenant s Woman is a work of genius and a book that teased and challenged me on almost every page as I read it.


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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 outside, thank you very much There s only so much space in here The rival you both share is myself In my mind, in believe, this novel will always be two the metafictional experiment and the human story There is no hierarchy between the two, and I will always be able to relive the book adopting, in turn, one of these two perspectives Both, if I feel like wearing my brains out.But at the end of the day, I find I don t care As long as I can relive it, and reread it, and think about it, I don t care if it so cruelly escapes me still I ll just take whatever little it is willing to give.


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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 mourning for the loss of individuality felt by the characters that s the true main theme the tension between lust and renunciation 216 Ah, the naked female wrist The work is invigorating, suffused by the modern master s touch He breaks the armor plates set up by the Wuthering Heights of yesteryear, by the demonic texts of Hawthorne the book seeks an ending like the reader seeks it There is parallelism in the experimen, in the discovery The enjoyable journey seems to be set for us both, the reader and the writer alike.


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    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 mucho tiempo y que, tal vez, recuerde a Charles con una sonrisa y me imagine un futuro de libertad para su alma S que, al cerrar el libro, voy a extra ar los peque os sorbos de este maravilloso t.


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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 bir tarihi taraf da bulunmakta Viktoryen D nemi ngiltere si, o d nemin k lt r ve sosyal yap s , insanlar n davran bi imleri, farkl terminolojilerin o y llardaki kullan m durumlar vb gibi konularda sa l kl tespitler yapman z sa l yor Ne diyeyim, Fowles gelmi ge mi en b y k yazarlar aras na ad n yazd rm Onun dehas n ancak takdir etmek d er.


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The French Lieutenant's Woman Perhaps The Most Beloved Of Fowles S Internationally Bestselling Works, The French Lieutenant S Woman Is A Feat Of Seductive Storytelling That Effectively Invents Anew The Victorian Novel The Novel Inspired The Hugely Successful Film Starring Meryl Streep And Jeremy Irons And Is Today Universally Regarded As A Modern Classic