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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Mar 24, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: feminists
Read in March, 2007

As a collection, I had to keep reminding myself that she wrote this in the 1890's, when feminism was pretty revolutionary. Without that time frame it comes off as preachy and predictable. It reads less like a series of short stories and more like an instruction manual: this is how a strong woman should act, this is how a decent guy should act, this is how women should react to adversity. One cool part is a lot of the stories use houses as a main character. The sense of the home has a lot to do with the creation of the plot and story which I haven't seen often (maybe Beloved). The individual stories of The Yellow Wallpaper and Turned are the highlights, their darkness makes them a lot more compelling.
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