Stong-willed, reckless, and fiercely independent, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to be a "Person," to work, love, and, above all, to live. Walking away from her stifling father and the so...more
Both Wells and his good friend G. B. Shaw attempted to address social issues through their writings – Wells through his novels and essays, Shaw through his plays and prefaces. Both were effective in their efforts, and both had a profound effect of the shape of literature to come. Even in his ‘science fiction’ works, Wells managed to sneak in his views on the state of our society. In this novel, he addresses the social and political status of women in turn...more
The heroine manages to achieve independence despite dangers from suitors who would crush her spirit as thoroughly as her father has tried to do, and a seemingly friendly man who wants to seduce her. She finally falls in love with a married man a...more
By 1909, Wells absolutely excelled at storytelling while still keeping a penetrating eye on the larger issues of th...more
Ann Veronica is the story of the New Woman (new, that is to the Victorian era) who struggles to find her freedom and equality (feminism) while at the same time coming to terms with her own identity (femininity). The constraints of her family, pedigree, class, and sex are all under question as our heroine struggles to di...more
I would read this one again.
Actual rating: 3.5
While this is a coming of age story it seems that the core theme is whether or not the kids end up repeating the errors they perceive in their parents' love, marriage, child-rearing ways. Or, are the ways of the past cultural and in the future kids and parents may reach a new cultural place where they don't have the BIG conflicts...
The story line seemed more like a caricature, or a sketch, rather than a full blown novel. It seems quick in roll out with an attempt by Wells to...more
Two sides of H.G. Wells
Getting to know that Herbert Wells wrote not only fantastic novels appeared to be a great surprise for me. His Time Machine and War of the Worlds were quite familiar to me, but somehow I've never heard about his social novels. Preparing for my university English literature class I decided to read one of them and a good decision it was.
Herbert Wells himself claimed that his science fiction was just a stage in his literary career which enabled him to move further to the nov...more
This book was really interesting, especially living today. Ann Veronica was very progessive and a lot of what she was fighting for (suffrage, women's freedom and the freedom of women t...more
It was well written and the characters were all believable, with I felt, ideas that were entirely appropriate to the times in which it was set, although Ann Veronica was extremely naive particularly compared to today.
Wells was friends and lovers with many women; and his portrait of Ann Veronica seems clear-eyed and unsentimental about women's circumscribed position at this...more
I rather liked this statement she makes in part one of chapter ten 'The Suffragettes', "I will not have this slavery... I will not be slave to the thought of any man, slave to the custom of any time. Confound this slavery of sex, I am a man, I will get this under if I am killed in doing it..."
This book was written at a time in history whe...more
I like the ambiguous ending more this time around.