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Norfolk Library Book Group(Via Norfolk & Canaan's HamletHub)
with Mark Scarbrough will discuss Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853), vols. 1 & 2
Friday, January 13 and 27, February 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Villette! Villette!” wrote George Eliot. “It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power.”
Charlotte's last completed novel is her most autobiographical and complex. Less happens on the outside, but the characters' internal lives are more intense than in any Brontë work. The story of Lucy Snowe takes place in Villette - 'little town' - a rather condescending description of Brussels, the city where Lucy Snowe and her creator, Charlotte Brontë, worked as school teachers and had deep emotional experiences. Villette is a reworking of material from Charlotte's first novel, The Professor (then still unpublished), and depicts, thinly-disguised, her passion for M Heger, her Brussels school master, and her attraction to George Smith, her young publisher. Many elements echo Jane Eyre: both have orphans as heroines, plain women who have to find their way through an alien world. Mark is sure to lead a lively discussion, fortifying participants with his delicious baked treats!