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Down Among the Women

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Follow Wanda, the tough 1930s radical, her daughter Scarlet, unmarried, pregnant and frightened, and Scarlet's friends -- born victims, snobs, obsessive lovers -- in their absurd, nightmarish, often hilariously awful liaisons.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1971)
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This was published in 1971, so the feminist themes are a little dated--although maybe not as outdated as one may think. In any case, Weldon is so wonderfully arch, I find her books worth a read.
This book was dark and oddly captivating to me. It followed a group of women from the 1950s to the 1970s. All of them tried to follow some sort of feminine ideal and great unhappiness resulted from squelching their own desires. The part that was the most interesting to me was how cruel the women could be (especially to each other) when they were unhappy and bitter because of it.
It is a while since I read this. It made my jaw drop with it's accuracy and wicked black humour, and I became utterly addicted to Fay Weldon's books. I managed to wean myself off in time, but how I miss that high ...
Readers either love or hate this book. If you don't like Down Among the Women it's probably because something hit too close to home. simply outstanding
This tale of four women coming of age in post WWII Britain is well written, insightful, a page-turner and a complete, f**king downer.
One of the few Fay Weldon's I hadn't read. Her writing always leaves me in awe at the talent & her ability to conjure up such wonderful characters.
I love her black humor and she is a strong feminist author. Many characters and it was easy to lose track.
Nancy Bryans
I have read this book a few times.I could not put it down.
I found it awkwardly written, and the characters clichés.
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Fay Weldon CBE is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society.
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