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What Diantha Did

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This edition of What Diantha Did makes newly available Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s first novel, complete with an in-depth introduction. First published serially in Gilman’s magazine The Forerunner in 1909–10, the novel tells the story of Diantha Bell, a young woman who leaves her home and her fiancé to start a housecleaning business. A resourceful heroine, Diantha quickly e ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 8th 2005 by Duke University Press Books
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Diantha Bell es una joven californiana que, además de trabajar como profesora en una escuela, cuando llega a casa tras una agotadora jornada, tiene que ayudar a su madre enferma en las tareas del hogar y, en especial, hacer pan para su padre. Lleva seis meses comprometida con Ross Warden, un apuesto y altivo muchacho que a la muerte de su padre tuvo que abandonar su sueño de ser médico para dedicarse a regentar una tienda de ultramarinos que arrastra numerosas deudas y cuidar y mantener a su mad ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente narración de un feminismo profundo, razonado, cotidiano y real.
La decisión que toma Diantha es llevar hasta el final una tesis que tiene clara la autora: el servicio doméstico que lleva siglos realizando la mujer sin que se le dé opción a elegir otra cosa, ha de profesionalizarse para que cada una pueda decidir, por fin, a qué quiere dedicar su vida. Diantha presenta desde el principio todo un análisis de los trabajos a realizar, con su coste en tiempo y salario, de manera que su prop
Amy Brown
Dec 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Diantha's character must have scared the snot out of some men when it was written-- it does the same now. ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this through Mousehold Words, so that I could get some sense of what it would have been like to read this book in serial form, as it was originally published. Perhaps reading it chapter by chapter, over a longish period of time, gave me a different sense of the arc of the story than I would have had reading this slim thing in one sitting.

In any case, I came away with a vexed relationship to the book and the ideas it proposes.

Things I enjoyed:

*How the book details, down to the penny, th
Betsie Bush
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an excellent writer. Her stories are interesting and compelling, and her philosophy is whole and promotes the good life.
My goal for 2018 is to read her complete work.
I just finished this 1910 novel about a young lady who wants to rethink the costliness of housework, contribute to her family economy and have a fulfilling job all of her own. At 21 years old she leaves her family of origin and gets a job as a maid in fictional California suburb/ vacation spot of "Orchardina." While she is there, she challenges the wastefulness of so many homes having their own servants and preparing individual meals, and argues that if all the town bought food wholesale, the ma ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book for what it was, an interesting portrayal of a woman who took a chance and did what was necessary to even the playing field between women, the poor and the rich. I'm sad that it's not a true story, but it's a great tribute to women who have worked and dedicated their time to this worthy cause. ...more
Queen Janine
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gegen die Konventionen ihrer Zeit und gegen den Willen ihres Verlobten baut die junge Diantha Bell sich nach und nach ein erfolgreiches Unternehmen auf. Eine inspirierende Geschichte, vom mandelbaum verlag wird die deutsche Ausgabe in einem wunderschön gestalteten Umschlag präsentiert. Leider überzeugen Übersetzung und Lektorat nicht durchgehend. Trotzdem eine Leseempfehlung!
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Career woman meets 7th Heaven meets Ayn Rand with some half-hearted unionising thrown in.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Inspiring. Old. Surface-level.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, feminism, domestic, love
it must've been a serendipity to have it saved in my ebook app and my at my age where a girl starts undertaking household tasks!!!
all the household task you thought you would never do are performed and appreciated here and even elevated as an enterprise.. and the work has been easy...
I'm thankful to the character "Diantha" for her fortitude, conscience, knowledge and ability. for me it wasn't just a story. it was a scientific study, the truth and reality.
thats not all. what I was moved at when
Zeta T.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always untangling the troubles of gender inequalities, Charlotte Perkins Gilman shines above many with practical examples of the problems, contradictions, and tragedies. Perhaps all the solutions aren't unfeasible, especially in a modern age, but some really are worth keeping in mind if not cherishing. ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book is boring, I don't like the writing style, and I'm too immature to read a book with characters named Mr. and Mrs. Porne. Maybe if the book were better I would be able to get over it, but it's not so I can't. ...more
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This started out good, but turned out disappointing about half way through. I couldn't finish it. ...more
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and li ...more

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