Thursday, May 19, 2011

The French Lieutenant's Woman

Author: John Fowles
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books;
1st Back Bay pbk. ed edition
(September 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780316291163

Book Description:

Perhaps the most loved of Fowles's internationally bestselling works, The French Lieutenant's Woman is a seductive story that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. The novel inspired the hugely successful 1981 film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons and is today universally regarded as a modern classic.

My thoughts:

Academics may enjoy dissecting TFLW, but for the casual reader it may well be a  disappointment.


  1. I had to read this one in grad school and it was such a shocking twist on what I expected out of it! I'll admit that it wasn't a thrilling read that I wanted to share with everyone, but I remember being duly shocked by it. I really have to see the movie though. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Becky, I watched the movie last night. It had dual periods--Victorian and modern. Both the book and movie are interesting, to say the least. The book, especially, is very different from those I usually encounter. Very different!