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A Short History Of Women (2009)

by Kate Walbert(Favorite Author)
3.08 of 5 Votes: 3
1416594981 (ISBN13: 9781416594987)
review 1: It wasn't horrible, but it was hard to follow in the beginning (is that really happening? now, or is it a memory? is she just thinking it?) and by the time there was a coherent plot it just wasn't fascinating enough to make up for the first third of the book. It felt like homework, maybe partly because I read it for book club. Also, yes, women struggle with identity issues - that's only news if you've never given it any thought at all. I guess if any part of it had been compelling, or touching, or memorable, it could have been a lot more satisfying.
review 2: Lovely prose. A fascinating, subtle study of how women interface with various iterations of feminism and other ideologies at different times in their lives and in history, and of the sometimes troubling
... more legacy of feminism in individual lives. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the book, despite my failure to sympathize with a few of the characters. Some of them are selfish, often irresponsible women who fail to weigh the consequences of their actions, and others of them are left to deal with the fallout and take up the slack. But they are not caricatures-- they are fleshed-out, human. Thought-provoking and an enjoyable read. less
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Really couldn't get into the characters, the story, or the style. I can't really recommend it.
It was little difficult to get into at first, but I did like this book.
Made for a very interesting and emotional discussion at book club.
Beautiful in its lyricism, but so oddly unfulfilling just the same.
Time summer read
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