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The Type-Writer Girl

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The Type-Writer Girl invokes tensions typical of the fin de siecle concerning evolution, technology, and the role of women.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published December 19th 2003 by Broadview Press
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Sep 20, 2010 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book started out brilliantly -- so funny. It turned into a more romantic piece as the book progressed, but never lost that straight-laced practicality that makes the main character so much fun.
Apr 29, 2010 Liane rated it it was amazing
This book, this book, this book. Written by Grant Allen, scientist and 1900's feminist (he has a very interesting bio on Wikipedia, fyi), under a female pseudonym, this book tells the story of Juliet Appleton. Juliet is a well-read young woman who becomes a type-writer girl (read: secretary) when her father passes away. She loves greek lit, big words, anarchists, smoking, her bicycle, and her dog. A Howard Zinn precursor, her motto is: Be audacious! Be audacious! Be audacious! And she is, even ...more
I listened to The Typewriter Girl by Grant Allen in one go on Libravox. Allen breaks free of the stereotypical 19th century literary conventions to join Charles Dickens in social criticism, in this book, from the point of view of a 22 year old "typewriter girl" who tries to make it on her own in England. Her youthfully impulsive decisions lead her, not only to positions as a "typewriter girl" but to an amazingly avant-garde anarchist commune and a pawn shop.

I loved his use of the English langua
Jul 23, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it
I loved the premise, a young women determined to live life on her own terms in Victorian England. The author delivered. The story was not captivating but it was thoroughly engaging and I was routing for the MC to finish on top. It was a bit more romantic than I anticipated but I love a good love story so that didn't detract. The one thing I had trouble with was the language which was a little coarse. I am not sure if the author felt it lent itself to showing how independent the MC was but I had ...more
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Dec 14, 2009 Steph Su rated it liked it
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This was a read for my 19th-century Victorian lit class, and I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, and for good reason. The voice of the first-person main character feels too forced, and the pacing is really choppy: lots of random things happen in the first half, and what feels like an entirely different story occurs in the second. Nevertheless, I can still sympathize with Juliet Appleton and even find her adventures romantic, in a way.
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