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A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell
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May 11, 13

bookshelves: classics, religion, womens, historical-fiction, favorites, literature, george-orwell
Read from April 22 to May 09, 2013

Dorothy is the pious and obedient daughter of a clergyman in a small town in 1930s England. Pushed to the breaking point by the unending litany of her daily tasks, she experiences a psychotic break. Lost literally, figuratively, and spiritually, she embarks on a journey to get back home and to herself. Due to her gender and the power of money she finds herself controlled and exploited at every turn. She struggles to establish a sense of stability, and even manages to dream of a life with meaning.

The novel has a cyclical nature, where she finds herself where she began--but this is only true superficially. Beneath the surface she is a completely different person--aware, self-possessed, and faithless.

There are some remarkably visceral descriptions of hunger, fatigue, and exposure to the elements. I doubt anyone would read this novel and not feel differently towards the homeless afterwards. There is also some interesting commentary on the purpose and practice of education. Another work from George Orwell that is both beautifully and tragically human.
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