The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles


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The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is a novel written by John Fowles, a British author. The book was first published in 1969 and is known for its distinctive narrative style and its exploration of themes related to love, society, and choice.

The novel is set in the 19th century and tells the story of the complex and enigmatic Sarah Woodruff, also known as the French Lieutenant’s Woman, who is in

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volved in a scandalous affair with a gentleman, Charles Smithson. The story alternates between the plot of the characters and meta-narrative commentary, offering different potential endings and interpretations for the story.

“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is celebrated for its postmodern approach to storytelling, as well as its exploration of the Victorian era and its social constraints. It has been adapted into a successful film as well.

If you’re interested in literature that challenges conventional storytelling and explores intricate characters and historical settings, John Fowles’ “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is a classic work of fiction you might find engaging.