I mentioned earlier that the Villette Read-Along (hosted by Wallace at Unputdownables) is the first Read-Along I've joined...which means that this is the first time that I've put concentrated effort into forming thoughts about a book while I'm still in the process of reading it. That's my disclaimer in case I'm going about this all wrong. :)
- PACE--These pages went by at lightning speed! I was surprised, to tell the truth. I remember the beginning of Jane Eyre being interesting, but I don't remember it flying by. It sure would be nice if this continued, but with another 600 pages to go, it isn't likely.
- CHARACTERS--How did a Dickens character jump into a Bronte novel? Is it just because I'm currently reading Our Mutual Friend that little Paulina seems to be straight up Dickens? "Relieved of her wrapping, she appeared exceedingly tiny; but was a neat, completely-fashioned little figure, light, slight, and straight. Seated on my godmother's ample lap, she looked a mere doll; her neck, delicate as wax, her head of silky curls, increased, I thought, the resemblance." The other characters so far are clear and pleasant, although we don't get to know them very personally, least of all Lucy Snowe, the narrator.
- WRITING STYLE--I'm enjoying the writing style so far. It seems to be much lighter than Jane Eyre, the reflections have an airier quality almost. I did have to reread the analogy of the ship at sea to make sure that I didn't miss any vital information, but other than that everything has been pretty straightforward.
I'm intrigued by Lucy Snowe. I want to know more about her, but at this point I'm not sure that she'll ever really open up fully. It's as if she is reserving her inner self to protect it from the readers somehow. She didn't want to tell us about her family, or the tragedy that forced her into a life of service; she tells us what she sees, and sometimes what she thinks, but not really what she feels. I'm hooked--let's read more!