Lucy Snowe, una ragazza che si fa donna da sola, superando il fatto di essere orfana, indigente, non piacente e ... sfortunata. Un romanzo di formazione fai-da-te, senza lieto fine, permeato dal gusto amaro di un destino gia' scritto, di un finale che non lascia intrevedere nessun lieto fine oltre il mare in tempesta.
C'e' un po' di autobiografico - il viaggio di Charlotte Bronte in Belgio, la sua relazione con un professore la' e soprattutto ci sono tante notazioni interessanti dal punto di vista di una donna dell'Ottocento: le considerazioni sulle differenze tra donne inglesi e belghe, dal punto di vista morale, fisico e dell'educazione; considerazioni religiose (attestanti la superiorita' della religione protestante rispetto a quella cattolica), considerazioni sociali.
A me Lucy Snowe con le sue rigidita' e le sue sventure fa simpatia. E' una ragazza tutto sommato moderna, che cerca di farsi strada da sola, di raggiungere la sua indipendenza sociale ed economica senza appoggiarsi a nessuno.
Avrei voluto un lieto fine, ma un lieto fine vero - e cioe' che Lucy trovasse l'amore, ma non con M. Paul Emanuel ma con il bel dottore. Neppure sul finire del romanzo M. Paul, nel mio cuore di lettrice, riconquista tutto il terreno perso con gli eccessi di ira, cattiveria ed antipatia.
Ma allora, decisamente, sarebbe stata una favola a lieto fine, e non un romanzo brontiano.
I was recommended this by <lj user="fracture242"> as her favourite Charlotte Bronte novel. I have to say I did like this much better than Jane Eyre, Lucy Snowe never lost her independence the way Jane did when she fell in love. But there was just something a little off about this book.
I enjoyed the style, there were some amusing and beautiful turns of phrase but I felt like I never quite connected with the character the way I should. I admired her independent spirit, her forthrightness and the way she totally ingnored convention. But her lack of drive and passion felt odd. She was very good at understanding other people, but not so much herself.
The other problem I had with it was that there really wasn't much of a plot. It just seemed to float along with characters appearing and disappearing at will. There wasn't much tension or drama. I realised about 100 pages from the end that it was turning into a romance with the detestable school master. Which I really couldn't stand. I loved that Lucy stood up to him, but any man who says what is "proper" art for a woman to observe, is not my idea of a romantic hero!
I think my biggest problem though was that there was no social commentary. The Victorian novels (and indeed novels from any period) I like the most are the ones that have something to say about society and the injustices and hypocrisy therein. Here there really didn't seem to be any of that, despite the societal characters being shallow.
That said I didn't dislike the novel. It was quite interesting, though not nearly as nice as her sisters books. I will read Shirley though as that seems to be more political and perhaps more than just a governess and her love....Continua
A girl's hard struggle for recognition and independence... in the mid-19th century! Fleeing from a mysterious past, Lucy Snowe finds a job as an English teacher in a Catholic country of continental Europe. She is both tough and frail and not entirely devoid of a sense of humour. The mood is dark and sombre. This novel helped me understand why Protestant countries were the first to grant women the right to vote....Continua