8 short stories, conveying interesting messages, written in 1921 same time as night and day. A review at the time, saying things like it was understan8 short stories, conveying interesting messages, written in 1921 same time as night and day. A review at the time, saying things like it was understandable to plain minds. The first story didnt really captivate me and i asked myself why i had bothered getting a book called monday or tuesday. Apparently, the story an unwritten novel, was the one she perceived to be a major stylistic breakthrough and although i enjoyed it i didnt think the twist was great and personally preferred the society. I thought this was funny, cynical and critical of society, with a powerful message.
"After a time, so far as I can remember, we drew round the fire and began as usual to praise men—how strong, how noble, how brilliant, how courageous, how beautiful they were—how we envied those who by hook or by crook managed to get attached to one for life—when Poll, who had said nothing, burst into tears. Poll, I must tell you, has always been queer. For one thing her father was a strange man. He left her a fortune in his will, but on condition that she read all the books in the London Library."
“Why,” she asked, “if men write such rubbish as this, should our mothers have wasted their youth in bringing them into the world?” 7 We were all silent; and, in the silence, poor Poll could be heard sobbing out, “Why, why did my father teach me to read?”
“Every one of us knows how to read. But no one, save Poll, has ever taken the trouble to do it. I, for one, have taken it for granted that it was a woman’s duty to spend her youth in bearing children. I venerated my mother for bearing ten; still more my grandmother for bearing fifteen; it was, I confess, my own ambition to bear twenty. We have gone on all these ages supposing that men were equally industrious, and that their works were of equal merit. While we have borne the children, they, we supposed, have borne the books and the pictures. We have populated the world. They have civilized it. But now that we can read, what prevents us from judging the results? Before we bring another child into the world we must swear that we will find out what the world is like.”...more
This is a great dark comedy. Critical of upper class and ultimately a feminist book. Didnt receive very good reviews but i liked it. Lord IllingworthThis is a great dark comedy. Critical of upper class and ultimately a feminist book. Didnt receive very good reviews but i liked it. Lord Illingworth made me laugh a lot so i saved some of my favourite lines.
LORD ILLINGWORTH. One should never take sides in anything, Mr. Kelvil. Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore. However, the House of Commons really does very little harm. You can't make people good by Act of Parliament, - that is something.
" Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation."
LORD ILLINGWORTH. Don't be afraid, Gerald. Remember that you've got on your side the most wonderful thing in the world - youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile, like most kings. To win back my youth, Gerald, there is nothing I wouldn't do - except take exercise, get up early, or be a useful member of the community.
LORD ILLINGWORTH. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has got women to back him, and women rule society. If you have not got women on your side you are quite over. You might just as well be a barrister, or a stockbroker, or a journalist at once.
LORD ILLINGWORTH. The history of women is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known. The tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.
also, very dramatic, arbuthnot
MRS. ARBUTHNOT. For me the world is shrivelled to a palm's breadth, and where I walk there are thorns....more
I got this book for my kindle, it was really cheap and i didnt even read the back cause i didnt have time but then read it on the plane and was absorbI got this book for my kindle, it was really cheap and i didnt even read the back cause i didnt have time but then read it on the plane and was absorbed almost straight away. It was great, and i learned a lot about Spain, the war, concentration camps and the suffering of the people. I felt connected to some of the characters, and really enjoyed how it maintained suspense throughout. it wasn't at all heavy the way other historical novels can be and i was sad when it finished. ...more