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Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
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Dec 06, 11

Read in December, 2011

This book follows the life and decisions of Ann Veronica, a young woman who feels constrained by the social stigmas of the early 1900's. She disagrees with her father about school, friends, and general freedoms and finally leaves home to persue a life of freedom and forward thinking. She becomes involved with the suffragettes and makes some poor decisions about money and men. Her experiences slowly draw her away from the Victorian mind frame and stuffiness and into a "modern" world of thought.

Finally she falls in love (the love story doesn't begin at least 3/4 of the way into the book). Although the man she loves is married, they decide to live together anyway. This part of the book really bothered me. There was multiple discourses on how the characters knew what they were doing was wrong but decided to do it anyway because they were in love. This book was full of instances when the main charachter rationalizing wrong decisions because she wanted to be "free" or because she was in love.

The book was disapointing and felt preachy and pushy. If the book was just about the beginning of the Women's Movement, it would have been interesting enought, but the addition of the elicit affair and rationalization of wrong decisions because it "feels good" made the story disgusting to me.
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