Book Reviews of The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant's Woman
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Author: John Fowles
ISBN-13: 9780316291163
ISBN-10: 0316291161
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This is not what you think it is! ...but go ahead and let the book blindside you for the full effect.

People would ask me what I was reading, and I respond with a typical "oh, it's about a young gentleman who begins to reconsider approaching marriage when he notices a forlorn young woman who wanders the beach, pining for her lost lover..." And person who had posed the question would say "how nice." NO! This book has nothing to do the gentle, romantic, Victorian plot, setting, and mood that the author so carefully crafts before...well...you'll just have to read it to get the full effect, as I said. I suspect i was lulled into an unsuspecting state by trying to focus on the plot of the story, and I honestly still haven't sorted the ending out. If there's an answer to the mystery of the French Lieutenant's woman, I completely missed it. A mind-blowing, if frustrating reading experience.
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A classic and a very good read.
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A Great Classic novel that the movie does not match
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I loved this book and thought it was a brilliantly written classic. The novel captures the essence of the Victorian period as well as Dickens or Eliot would, but the difference is that Fowles skillfully penetrates through the hypocrisy and artificiality of the time with his sharp observations. Ever the postmodernist, Fowles provides us with both a Victorian ending (perhaps as Dickens would have liked it; it is practically overflowing with sentimentality) and a Modern ending. It inspires insight for the reader and a deeper understanding of life, love, and free will. A must read!
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A classic worth reading.
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It is an old book printed in 1970 but is in good condition and very enjoyable.