Sunday, August 08, 2010


… although it is currently the best book I have read this year!
The French Lieutenant's Woman.
By John Fowles.
You know, you "discover" authors like John Fowles and then ask yourself what kind of a pile of cement you've been hiding your head under, until that moment! The man is [was] a genius. Now…..
"What is with your blog title then, Cipriano?"
Good question.
Finishing it this morning, I have now spent the day in a blue funk!
I've done more thinking about it than Rodin's statue there was thinking about…. whatever!
I cannot recommend, nor in any way endorse this book, with clear conscience, if you, my dear reader have ANY propensity to depression / catatonia / dogatonia / and/or abhorrence of anhedonia!

This is not a happy book!
Even if you believe in the first ending of the two that are offered at the penultimate and final chapter. Not happy.
Set in the Victorian era, but narrated by someone living next door to you today -- this is one of the most unique, brave, and I daresay brazen journeys into the depths of our still resonant confusion between feelings and assumptions.
And available to us in the here-and-now.
At a bookstore near you.

She loves me, she loves me not.
I love her, I love her………… yeah. Exactly.
Never a last petal was plucked as slowly, as this one.



SFP said...

Oh, I love this book! I had to read it in college and I've read it a time or two since.

I haven't had a lot of luck with Fowles outside FLW, though.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Okay, it is completely embarassing to admit that this book has been sitting on my shelf UNREAD for years now. (Hanging head in shame)

Makes me wonder how many other treasures are lurking on my shelf, ignored and unloved.

I need to take a speed reading course to fix all this.

Cipriano said...

SFP -- I SO loved the book. But for me, it was also very disturbing, for personal reasons.
I am looking forward to reading more of his stuff, even though [hmmmm....] you say it was not all that great?

Michele -- Ain't it the truth? I also have TONS.... TONS of books sitting here, waiting for me to read them.... and yet I keep buying more!