Of all John Fowles' novels The French Lieutenant's Woman received the most universal acclaim and today holds a very special place in the canon of post-war English literature. From the god-like stance of the nineteenth-century novelist that he both assumes and gently mocks, to the last detail of dress, idiom and manners, his book is an immaculate recreation of Victorian England.
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Not only is it the epic love story of two people of insight and imagination seeking escape from the cant and tyranny of their age, The French Lieutenant's Woman is also a brilliantly sustained allegory of the decline of the twentieth-century passion for freedom. The French lieutenant's woman By: Fowles, John.
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Format Paperback. Dewey Availability 25 in stock Need More? County of Pub England. Genre Contemporary classics.
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Dimensions 20 cm p. There is perhaps no clearer indication of authorial omnipotence taken to the extreme than the ability to write oneself into the narrative one is creating. The temporal manipulation of narrative time also undermines the very realist credibility that a conventional Victorian narrator is expected to endorse and preserve.
The fictionality of the text is alluded to through the changing usage of tenses: present tense for the meta-narration, but past tense for the fictional narration.
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The real meta-narrative time is hence elided into narrative time and foregrounds temporality as a subject for meta-fictional interpretation. A caveat should be added that this existential freedom is not altogether absolute. The ending of the novel, which intersects the existentialist experiences of both characters and reader, contextualizes these epigraphs.
The idea of existential freedom permeates the structure of the novel, and is the dominating principle of the author-reader-text dynamic. London: Vintage Classic, Related Papers.
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