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The French Lieutenant's Woman By John Fowles The French Lieutenant s Woman The scene is the village of Lyme Regis on Dorset s Lyme Bay the largest bite from the underside of England s out stretched southwestern leg The major characters in the love intrigue triangle are Charl
  • Title: The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Author: John Fowles
  • ISBN: 9780099737612
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman By John Fowles The scene is the village of Lyme Regis on Dorset s Lyme Bay the largest bite from the underside of England s out stretched southwestern leg The major characters in the love intrigue triangle are Charles Smithson, 32, a gentleman of independent means vaguely scientific bent his fianc e, Ernestina Freeman, a pretty heiress daughter of a wealthy pompous dryThe scene is the village of Lyme Regis on Dorset s Lyme Bay the largest bite from the underside of England s out stretched southwestern leg The major characters in the love intrigue triangle are Charles Smithson, 32, a gentleman of independent means vaguely scientific bent his fianc e, Ernestina Freeman, a pretty heiress daughter of a wealthy pompous dry goods merchant Sarah Woodruff, mysterious fascinating.rted after a brief affair with a French naval officer a short time before the story begins Obsessed with an irresistible fascination for the enigmatic Sarah, Charles is hurtled by a moment of consummated lust to the brink of the existential void Duty dictates that his engagement to Tina must be broken as he goes forth once again to seek the woman who has captured his Victorian soul gentleman s heart.
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    1. John Fowles

      John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh on Sea, a small town in Essex He recalled the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional Of his childhood, Fowles said I have tried to escape ever since Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18 After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in 1945 with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by 1947 he had decided that the military life was not for him.Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual He received a degree in French in 1950 and began to consider a career as a writer.Several teaching jobs followed a year lecturing in English literature at the University of Poitiers, France two years teaching English at Anargyrios College on the Greek island of Spetsai and finally, between 1954 and 1963, teaching English at St Godric s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long time repression about writing Between 1952 and 1960 he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.In late 1960 Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks He continued to revise it until the summer of 1962, when he submitted it to a publisher it appeared in the spring of 1963 and was an immediate best seller The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing.The Aristos, a collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year Then in 1965, The Magus drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade was published The most commercially successful of Fowles novels, The French Lieutenant s Woman, appeared in 1969 It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner In the 1970s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects including a series of essays on nature and in 1973 he published a collection of poetry, Poems Daniel Martin, a long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared in 1977, along with a revised version of The Magus These were followed by Mantissa 1982 , a fable about a novelist s struggle with his muse and A Maggot 1985 , an 18th century mystery which combines science fiction and history.In addition to The Aristos, Fowles wrote a variety of non fiction pieces including many essays, reviews, and forewords afterwords to other writers novels He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations.From 1968, Fowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis His interest in the town s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum in 1979, a position he filled for a decade.Wormholes, a book of essays, was published in May 1998 The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles A Life in Two Worlds, was published in 2004, and the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.John Fowles died on November 5, 2005 after a long illness.

    127 thoughts on “The French Lieutenant's Woman”

    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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, thou [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 s [...]


    6. 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 Anc [...]


    7. Once You Show Me Your Magic s Secrets, The Magic is Gone 3.5 rounded up to 4 You should know first off that I m no fan of novels in which the author inserts him herself by making crafty little comments that serve to remind me he made the damn thing up and or to entertain the author by allowing her to toy with the conventions of storytelling I come to a novel to read a story that speaks truth and to lose myself in another world, and I hope the novel is a really good one that provokes me to me lea [...]


    8. The writer slides a blank sheet of paper into his typewriter His fingers hover over the asdfjkl like a pianist ready to tackle the Moonlight Sonata Then he withdraws them and gazes pensively into the distance at the grey sea and even greyer sea wall keeping its salty waters at bay He had had a vision in his head of a woman walking by the sea, all shrouded in the cloak Something about her called to him He wants to start writing but something is stopping him Now you might wonder what it is that is [...]


    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book The story wasn t what I expected it to be at all I expected the story to be similar to Madame Bovary and the writing style of the author to be Victorian, seeing as the story was set in that era, but it s actually quite modern This book made me an instant fan of John Fowles He writes very intelligently and although he plays the role of narrator in the 19th Century, his perception is that of a 20th Century writer, which makes the book even interesting He also inclu [...]


    10. All writers create worlds that do not exist so there should be no qualms that this novel recreates a world, a very Victorian world, a world populated with its own people, all now long dead, that had its own writers and chroniclers, all also now very much dead, that had its own ideas and tendencies and fears and preferences and prejudices, all of which we can no longer now really hold as our own, should there Or was the gap too long for you to remember that the subject of that sentence was some v [...]


    11. Sarah is one of the most remarkable female characters of modern literature She s a mixture of Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, and Ophelia, a woman who has experienced much hardship, yet is strong and steadfast, like a sad statue, and slightly mad Although, I m torn, is it inaccurate to call Sarah mad I suppose one could write a whole academic paper on that topic alone She s not crazy to the Ophelian point where she belongs in a mental institution perhaps, today we would just label her as having depres [...]


    12. Definitely an engaging read because of the way it is crafted John Fowles is the implied narrator that is revealed in the end and through a toss of coin presents two possible endings to the story I have read 1,200 books so far and I have not seen anything like this until this book This alone firms up my belief that this book deserves its inclusion in the Time 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century and its seemingly permanent inclusion in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.Sarah Woodruff is [...]


    13. Okudu um ilk John Fowles roman Asl nda s ra bana kalsa Koleksiyoncu, B y c ve Frans z Te men in Kad n olarak planlard m okumam ki zaten yle niyetlenmi tim ama grupta Mart ay okumas i in se ilince plan m birazc k de i tirme yoluna gittim.Yazar Viktorya D nemi de kurgulad bu roman gerek o d nemin insan tiplerini ve onlar n karakteristik zelliklerini ve gerekse de toplumun genel olarak durumunu kendisi o d nemde ya amam olsa da ok g zel yans tm Ba larda daha ok kendi durumumla alakal akmamas ndan m [...]


    14. Let s call it 3.25 stars This novel is basically one big gimmick Fowles writes well and has done his research, so he pulls off the gimmick fairly well But it is still a gimmick, and the story itself isn t strong enough to stand on its own This review will contain some SPOILERS.The story consists of a simple love triangle involving Charles the gentleman , Ernestina his proper young fianc e and Sarah the mysterious fallen woman It makes a thin plot for a 467 page book what sets the book apart is t [...]


    15. Neo Victorian seems like a modern genre The Crimson Petal and the White, Fingersmith but Fowles did it earlier 1969 and decisively Here he gives us a pastiche of the Victorian courtship and marriage story while simultaneously deconstructing the genre, Victorian culture and the ideologies which both forged and challenged the age In the foreground is the eminently acceptable betrothal of Charles and Ernestina, she the heiress of an upmarket tradesman we find out late in the book that he seems to o [...]


    16. Fantastic book, and not at all what I expected I was expecting a contemporary Victorian novel perhaps a Scarlett Letter written in the 1880s Imagine my surprise upon finding out that, in fact, its this weird, fascinating, post modern version of a Victorian novel written in the 1960s So cool The author narrates his story in an unusual way it s funny because he goes out of his way to make you remember that it s not just a story, but a story he made up and that he is telling, complete with historic [...]


    17. 4,5 He disfrutado mucho de esta lectura El m rito lo tiene Fowles, que ha jugado conmigo, se ha re do de sus personajes pero tambi n los ha perfilado de manera impecable, me ha ense ado una poca, la victoriana, y toda su hipocres a y sus formalismos Protagonistas complejos Una narraci n con detalle, con iron a, con humor y con pasi n.Ahora me falta ver la pel cula aunque no es una adaptaci n total de la novela.Recomendad sima Abstenerse todos aquellos que no disfruten con la iron a.


    18. I have now read the first three books written by John Fowles, in the order of publication, without even trying I love when things like that happen.What I adore about Fowles is that he wrote these novels that seem like mere novels on the outside, but on the inside they are filled with art and beauty and some incredible genius At first I thought this one would be straightforward in comparison to the first two books The Collector and The Magus , and initially I had some trouble getting into the sto [...]


    19. I know that I read this one many years ago but couldn t remember very much about it I appreciated it with this second reading many years later An unusual delivery with the story set in Victorian times with a modern day twist Charles Smithson, a man torn between his future marriage and duty to Ernestina and his lust for the earthy and forbidden Sarah Woodruff, the French Lieutenants Woman Poor Charles torn between his wallet, position and his heart When reading this novel I felt empathy toward [...]


    20. b y c den sonra en ok merak etti im roman buydu fowles un viktorya d nemi ingilteresini t m iki y zl l yle anlat rken bir a k hik yesini kuruyor bunu da okura anlatarak yap yor, hem tanr anlat c oluyor, hem de postmodern romanlardaki gibi araya girip okurla konu uyor, a klamalar yap yor roman n sonu da bamba ka bir yarat c l k rne i.kurgu ve anlat m olarak b y c den ok daha ileride ama viktorya d nemi ingilteresi ne s k c ym be karde im bu arada o d nemde ya am darwin ve marks n ad bol bol ge iy [...]


    21. I m considering having t shirts made.They will either be a hodgepodge of John Fowles quotes that I find tremendously thought provoking and profound, a tour date of the freaky head trips his books have put me on, or quite simply I Heart John Fowles.I don t like this book nearly as much as the other two I ve already read this year The Magus or The Collector, and I still think it s better than most everything else out there.Part of this stems from the fact that I, like Fowles, am a Literary nerd an [...]


    22. I know this book is supposed to be all quirky post modern Victorian and that lots of people think it s amazing Me not so much I just got the impression that the author was just a little too pleased with himself and his interjections into the story itself While I recognize the merit intelligence of said exposition, I guess I just really wanted a good, straight forward fiction and not a lesson on the dichotomies of the Victorian psyche or the sly referneces to god, destiny, the power of the author [...]


    23. This book was both admirable and frustrating It never seemed to end and that is only in part because it actually has three endings Part Victorian melodrama, part sociological study I felt like the author was looking at the characters from under a microscope Occasionally he takes time to lecture on the specimens all the while reminding the reader that it just fiction and deliberates if it is he or the reader who is the post modern deity who determines the story The story has three main characters [...]


    24. Il romanziere resta sempre un dio, dal momento che crea neanche il pi aleatorio dei moderni romanzi d avanguardia riuscito a sopprimere completamente il suo autore ci che cambiato che non siamo pi gli d i dell immagine vittoriana, onniscienti e sentenziosi ma d i secondo una nuova immagine teologica, e il nostro principio fondamentale la libert , non l autorit Il titolo La donna del tenente francese ha sempre avuto su di me un forte potere evocativo legato al ricordo infantile del trailer del fi [...]


    25. Ci si pu innamorare di un romanzo E sinceramente possiamo definire questo lavoro di Fowles, autore in questo caso geniale, un semplice romanzo Penso proprio di no Ma davvero importante definirlo in qualche modo Saggio vittoriano acutissimo e minuzioso, romanzo storico, postmoderno, psicologico, meta romanzo e chi ne ha pi ne metta So solo che mi ha letteralmente travolto e affascinato con la sua scrittura magistrale, ricca di ironico disincanto, di digressioni e dissertazioni antropologiche, soc [...]


    26. I guess I thought this book would be weirder It s hyper aware of itself its narrator, coming at you from the presentish day, keeps pointing out his own Victorian cliches as he writes them, and he makes it clear that he s perfectly willing to go back and change his own story The book in fact ends three different times and ways But he doesn t actually end up unreliable He changes his story, but doesn t subvert it And the story itself doesn t hold water for me Sarah Woodruff s attraction to Charles [...]


    27. I loved the post modern aspects of this, which I thought were very well done I was less enthusiastic about the story, which appeared to be told by an arrogant twat who thought he knew what women were about and who spent a lot of time criticising Victorian sensibilities while simultaneously but subtly regaling us with his own, pernicious brand of 1960 s sexism However, I haven t read enough Victorian literature to know how much of it was Victorian and how much of it was Fowles , so to an extent [...]


    28. E di come ci si pu dare all enigmistica leggendo.Avete presente quando magari leggendo una rivista di enigmistica appunto , oppure da piccoli quando vi davano qualcuna di quelle schede operative , vi imbattete in quei giochini o attivit se avete parole diverse definite pure come vi pare in cui bisogna colorare gli spazzi bianchi contrassegnati da puntini e scoprire quale figura ne verr fuori , o magari collegare una successione di numeri , per ottenere sempre lo stesso risultato Bene, Fowles mi [...]


    29. You can simply read this book as a novel but it will possibly frustrate you and have you wondering what the heck Sarah s motives were and how in tarnation the book ends because this is a novel about the craft of writing and it s not necessarily a tale for your enjoyment It is a Victorian novel written in the 60s Sarah, or the French Lieutenant s Woman , however, is a 20th century woman The things she does and the decisions she makes are those of a 20th century character existing in a Victorian l [...]


    30. literat rin s paty ios Mane apgavo knygos pavadinimas Pranc z leitenanto moteris sudomino knyg mug s bukinist pasa e ir nesu tikra net ar skai iau anotacij , ar tiesiog tik damasi tokio klasikinio u draustos meil s romano su daug alutini veik j , besipinan i siu etini linij , paslap i ir paskal miau ir nusipirkau Ank iau su John Fowles nebuvau susipa inusi ir ne inojau, kad tai iuolaikinis ra ytojas, tod l toki klaid turb t galima atleisti Trumpai tariant, su ia knyga tur jau staigmen ir nors ga [...]


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