The Yellow Wallpaper

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Read 26/06/2016

Rating: 5 stars

I read this as it was one of the June Books of the Month on the Shelfari 1001 Group on Goodreads. I’d previously read Herland for the Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge on the Reader’s Room and not thought well of it, or Gilman, at all.

I’m happy to say that this was much better. It’s only 72 pages long, but so effective. There’s a real sense of someone’s mental state disintegrating. There was something of Henry James about its Gothic style.

For the book group, I responded to some set questions. My answers give a lot away, so if you’re thinking of reading it yourself and don’t want any spoilers, stop reading now!

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Herland

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Read 24/12/2015-26/12/2015

Rating: 2 stars

Read for The Reader’s Room Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Herland was a curious read. Perhaps if you’re making a study of feminist literature over the past 100 years it might be something worth reading. As something fun to read, I’d say don’t bother.

Part treatise for Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s vision for a feminist utopia, where for various reasons men no longer exist and women have evolved to reproduce by parthenogenesis, and part Boy’s Own Adventure with a bizarre fixation on the usefulness of garments with many pockets, I was bored by most of it. Continue reading