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Perdita by Paula Byrne
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Apr 23, 11

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Read in April, 2011

The more I read of 'classic' novels/historical biographies the more I realise people haven't really ever changed. I can identify with a Jane Austen heroine as much as I can with any modern character and it's easy to pick out the social stereotypes that still exist today. Perdita is an excellent example of this. I fell in love with Mary Robinson through this book - I genuinely hadn't realised such radical feminists had existed in the 1700s, plus her political beliefs still chime with me today. Slightly depressingly, I feel that over 300 years on we're still pretty far from getting to her vision of a world of equality.
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