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[Ebook] ↠ The Well of Loneliness Author Radclyffe Hall – Plummovies.info The Well Of Loneliness Tells The Story Of Tomboyish Stephen, Who Hunts, Wears Trousers And Cuts Her Hair Short And Who Gradually Comes To Realize That She Is Attracted To Women Charting Her Romantic And Professional Adventures During The First World War And Beyond, The Novel Provoked A Furore On First Publication In For Its Lesbian Heroine And Led To A Notorious Legal Trial For Obscenity Hall Herself, However, Saw The Book As A Pioneer Work And Today It Is Recognized As A Landmark Work Of Gay FictionThis Edition Contains Extra Information And Archival Material That Tells The Fascinating Story Behind The Well S Controversial Publication, Trial And Ban In This book moves slowly and thoughtfully through many shades of tragedy There s a sort of integrity to it Not all readers will appreciate the Christian symbolism and theology but I did the constant please for meaning and acceptance by a sort of outcast A few times I sort of experienced Stephen as unrelatable because of how ridiculously wealthy she was, but then there were people like Jamie and Barbara to add counterpoint to it, there was just enough shown of the servants to undo the idea that This book moves slowly and thoughtfully through many shades of tragedy There s a sort of integrity to it Not all readers will appreciate the Christian symbolism and theology but I did the constant please for meaning and acceptance by a sort of outcast A few times I sort of experienced Stephen as unrelatable because of how ridiculously wealthy she was, but then there were people like Jamie and Barbara to add counterpoint to it, there was just enough shown of the servants to undo the idea that Stephen s class were the important people.The tragedy was many layered in that Stephen s ill fated attempts to find a place and meaning in the world crossed over with many other dissatisfied grey figures such as Puddle Love in the book is rich and not always sexual, but sexuality is important both for identity and as an experience of love and being As a 2016 lesbian I find the concept of inversion inadequate to understand who what we are, but I can see that in terms of society s negative and silencing attitudes to the sexually different, this was a way of trying to make sense of it What is portrayed well in the novel is the way personal worthiness or unworthiness is not the point, it is society that excludes people from full participation The book is quite judgemental on decadent lifestyles, but shows them as a product, not a cause of the casting out of lgbt folk There are also the contradictions that are present in most types of prejudice for example someone can be valued in war time and then resume their lower status after the war.I actually wanted to yell at Anna I was so angry with her and her stupidity In the time of the book, I suppose her attitude madesense but she caused pain to herself as well as others Ditto some other characters I didn t always like the way the gender binary was portrayed in the book especially women as weak and helpless but I could enjoy the small gaps in the text where it verged on questioning or undermining its own authority in these things.I am nowhere near as strong minded and courageous let alone as fit and physically strong as Stephen but I related to her and her emotional pain and needs as I relate to few literary characters For a book so slow paced and relatively long it held me in its thrall uncommonly well and charmed both joy and tears from me especially ultimately tears It seemed a true account of the humanity of lgbt people and adeep and complex illustration of the idea that love is love it should be MANDATORY that everyone reads this book everyone there isn t anything too astounding about her writing style, and nothing too deep about it either anyone could pick up this book and see clearly everything she s very clearly alluding to, so there isn t much mystery, but instead, a whole lot of straightforward honesty about an aspect of the world most overlook without even realizing.what broke back mountain failed miserably in doing, ratcliffe did with ease this isn t some kinky it should be MANDATORY that everyone reads this book everyone there isn t anything too astounding about her writing style, and nothing too deep about it either anyone could pick up this book and see clearly everything she s very clearly alluding to, so there isn t much mystery, but instead, a whole lot of straightforward honesty about an aspect of the world most overlook without even realizing.what broke back mountain failed miserably in doing, ratcliffe did with ease this isn t some kinky, soft core porn, fantasy, lesbian sex thriller it isn t a sob story about rights denied gays either.it s just the tragic story of someone who is but her state of being, by no fault or choice of her own, disallows her from the honor given to even the most degenerate people of society.it s just her story without bias, without the evil conspiracy of the homosexual agenda , without hope of guilting the readers into self loathing, or repentance of unfair treatment to diverse populations it just is.i wish my mom could would read this book not that she is like the extreme mother in this book just because it would be a way for her to see aspects of my heart that she would never be able to imagine a way to understand otherwise what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved, and the cruel little bitch who leads her on oh what a deep well the writing s pretty swell though, that can t be denied tres elegante i was reminded of e.m forster s equally drippy, equally beautiful but ratherenjoyable Maurice plus i actually preferred the wish fulfillment of Maurice, sad to say guess i m not such a what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved, and the cruel little bitch who leads her on oh what a deep well the writing s pretty swell though, that can t be denied tres elegante i was reminded of e.m forster s equally drippy, equally beautiful but ratherenjoyable Maurice plus i actually preferred the wish fulfillment of Maurice, sad to say guess i m not such a hardcore queer polemicist after all.here s an update got into a great argument over this book Well of Loneliness passionate defender insisted that the character of the so called cruel little bitch needs to be understood in the context of the time period the CLB had few options others than being, well, a CLB apparently she was not the villain after all she was a victim of fate and circumstance, just making do with the options she was given a girl s gotta do what a girl s gotta do to make the rent ain t nuthin goin on but the rent okay well i suppose that s a pretty good point but is it enough to posthumously award an extra star to the novel, to even revivify it in my memory i think not the Well of Loneliness and its eye rolling histrionics still feel dead to me God, she gasped, we believe we have told You we believeWe have not denied You, then rise up and defend us Acknowledge us, oh God, before the whole world Give us also the right to our existenceFirst things first, the cover on this edition is absurdly unrepresentative of the book Second, I liked the book I would even recommend the book it s just that it should come with a few notes 1 It is endlessly long And detailed For no purpose Whatsoever If the length of the book wasGod, she gasped, we believe we have told You we believeWe have not denied You, then rise up and defend us Acknowledge us, oh God, before the whole world Give us also the right to our existenceFirst things first, the cover on this edition is absurdly unrepresentative of the book Second, I liked the book I would even recommend the book it s just that it should come with a few notes 1 It is endlessly long And detailed For no purpose Whatsoever If the length of the book was sustained by beautifully formed expressions it might not feel so long but 2 I should not have read this so soon after reading the works of some master wordsmiths Halls famous work is not as clunky as and slightly less preachy than The Unlit Lamp but it just isn t one of the books that would have been remembered for its evocative or imaginative writing 3 The book was written with a purpose a plea, if you like, that is expressed very openly in the closing chapters As an example of cultural history or changes in society and attitudes, it is a fantastic read because it contains a lot of information about anddetailed description of British upper middle class society of the early 20th century So, if you read the book with a purpose of finding outabout these attitudes, this is a great read 4 The character of Stephen seems to be based at least to some extent on Radclyffe Hall herself As a result, the perspective taken by the main character and the book as a whole is limited to the experience of only one individual which I guess is the point, but it doesn t make for a complex reading experience In short, there does not seem to be an attempt to investigate other points of view, or experiment with angles of perception, or layers There are other characters but few of them are given a real voice 5 I could not help but smirk at the hint of hypocrisy in the books attempt to strive for acceptance of a minority when at the same time there is underlying attitude of snobbishness and chauvinism towards other minorities And yet, for all I criticise, there is an also an honesty to the story and Radclyffe Hall s forthright writing style that impresses me and this is worth the hard work of reading it The Well of Loneliness was published at the same time as Woolf s Orlando touching on similar themes of identity but where Orlando shrouded the issue in mysticism, Radclyffe Hall dared to write openly about sexual identity The book was banned under the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 The ban was not lifted until 1959 when the Act was amended Originally, the test for obscenity was whether the tendency of the matter charged as obscenity is to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences and into whose hands a publication of this sort may fall In 1959 the Act was amended to differentiate controversial works of art and literature with social merit The Well of Loneliness was not only book with a lesbian theme to be published in Britain in 1928, but it was the only one banned because of its forthrightness and its explicitness though hardly what would pass as such in today s terms Arguably, it is the book s fate, the notoriety it gained by being banned, that helped The Well of Loneliness to remain in print todayYou will see unfaithfulness, lies and deceit among those whom the world views with approbation You will find that many have grown hard of heart, have grown greedy, selfish, cruel and lustful and then you will turn to me and will say You and I areworthy of respect than these people Why does the world persecute us, Stephen And I shall answer Because in this world there is only toleration for the so called normal And when you come to me for protection, I shall say I cannot protect you, Mary, the world has deprived me of my right to protect I am utterly helpless, I can only love you This review was first posted on BookLikes

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