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Down Among the Women
by Fay Weldon
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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Jun 18, 2009 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This was published in 1971, so the feminist themes are a little dated--although maybe not as outdated as one may think.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.
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.More about Fay Weldon...