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text 2017-06-05 14:38
5th June 2017
The Seven Sisters - Margaret Drabble

Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it.

 

Margaret Drabble

 

Happy 78th birthday, Margaret Drabble! The British novelist is involved in well-known literary feud with her sister, the writer A.S. Byatt. It seems that Byatt took offense when Drabble wrote about a family tea set—as a result, the two do not read each other's books.

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review 2017-03-30 17:48
Sense and Sensibility - Margaret Drabble,Jane Austen

*4+ Stars*

 

I really did like this one.  I did, it has some similar traits to Pride and Prejudice which I thought was pretty good.  What made me not bump this one up was the fact that it dragged on in a lot of places.  I felt like what could have been covered in a few pages went on for many more.

 

But, the story was a good one.  I find that I would have had a hard time living in those days. There were so many rules.  I think I would have broken a great many of them.  LOL

 

Some people feel like this story was a tragedy even though both sisters had good lives at the end.  I don't see it as a tragedy but as a reality.  It showed that sometimes, the fantasy of the young aren't what bear fruit as we get older.  And while you're life my not be exactly like how you always dreamed, it can still be full and happy and content.

 

I like to think that both sisters were better off with the way things turned out and lived very happy lives.

 

It was interesting though that the "villains" in the story ended up rich while our heroes and heroines had much more modest lives.  But, that doesn't take anything away from the fact that they may have gotten the better end of the deal.

 

I'm glad that I read this classic.  I'm going to start making my way through some classics over the next couple of years.  It's amazing to me the story was still very relevant today even though the times are much different.

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review 2017-01-30 20:47
Book Review: Ann Veronica by HG Wells
Ann Veronica - Sita Schutt,H.G. Wells,Margaret Drabble

I had serious doubts about this book when I first started it, not only is it not science fiction, but a ROMANCE, from HG Wells? Yeah, okay. I was thinking it was going to be ridiculous, but once I started reading it, I realized it was completely different from what I had first thought — it’s an early book about feminism. And you know what? It’s done rather splendidly.

 

Ann Veronica is the youngest of a fairly well-to-do family. She’s not your typical turn-of-the-20th-century girl — she studies biology at a college (with her father’s permission) and enjoys talking about her intellectual interests with others. Her close friends are burgeoning suffragists, so she often joins their discussions about how women aren’t free to do what they want and how they’re caged up in society because men keep them imprisoned, basically. So, when her father literally locks her in her bedroom to prevent her from going to a ball, she runs away to the city to make it on her own. She quickly finds out that there’s not a great way for women to make a lot of money, and renting out an apartment in London actually costs quite a lot. Basically, she has to face harder truths than she realized were out there and more fully understands the plight of women because of her decision to not live under her father’s roof.

 

What I love about this story is how it covers everything and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. It gives a clear, honest look at exactly what the situation of women was for that time period — hardly any job prospects (and any available were drudgery for pennies), no respect, and no vote. Their lives were at the mercy of the men in their lives and they weren’t taught anything about how to survive or live in the world. Ann Veronica even gets herself into a misunderstanding with a man and it’s sad how much that particular “misunderstanding” can still be seen in today’s world. They talk as if they’re friends, and they go out to lunch together as friends, and then he locks her in a room with him “to make love” because of course she had to know that they weren’t really friends and he wanted her, and deserved her after all that he’d given her. (Isn’t it creepy how familiar that sounds?) HG Wells does a tremendous job in outlining the various difficulties that women faced when they fought for equal rights and equal opportunities in London and really hits, if not all, then at least most of the points.

 

The first half was wonderful, but it does start to drag a bit as the book goes on. I think the first half of the book is perfect and it would have been 5 stars if it had continued in that vein, but then Ann Veronica falls in love and the whole story sort of starts to fall apart and get into themes that don’t make sense for where the book started. Alas. Basically, I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in feminism, its roots, or even how it was viewed during this time. I was blown away by how insightful this story was and a little saddened by how true those themes remain. If not a great story, it’s interesting to see the thoughts and themes of feminism from a male author born in the 19th century.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=3322
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review 2016-06-07 00:00
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice - Margaret Drabble,Jane Austen My third time to read this book and I absolutely adored it of course. I've been listening to the podcast In Want of a Wife along with it and it's great to have good commentary. I particularly love the last chapter!!
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review 2016-01-28 02:30
The Raven Cycle short drabbles!
300 Fox Way Holiday Piece - Maggie Stief... 300 Fox Way Holiday Piece - Maggie Stiefvater
A Mild Raven Boys Holiday Drabble - Magg... A Mild Raven Boys Holiday Drabble - Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle series

#0.3: 300 Fox Way Holiday Piece -- 3.0 Stars

#0.4: A Minor Raven Boys Holiday -- 4.0 Stars

 

 

How did I not know about these shorts?

300 Fox Way Holiday Piece // GR page
A Minor Raven Boys Holiday // GR page

Both shorts are cuties, but I liked A Minor Raven Boys Holiday a bit more. The first one, 300 Fox Way Holiday felt a little abrupt and inconclusive. Either way, it's Maggie and it's The Raven Cycle.

 

And also, A Minor Raven Boys Holiday is about Gansey and some thoughts into Gansey.  I love all things Gansey.

 

(The links above take you to the actual short story at their respective sites.)

 

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