Ann Veronica

Ann Veronica

eBook - 2005
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Ann Veronica is about the artificiality of modern life, the war between parents and children, the rights of women, the mysteries of love, and the struggles of a young woman to understand and integrate love into the larger meaning of her life. The book deals with contemporary political issues of the time, concentrating specifically on feminist issues. In the course of the action the heroine matures from an innocent and naïve girl to a representative of the "new woman" ... "Her manner was one of quiet reserve, and behind this mask she was wildly discontented and eager for freedom and life., She wanted to live. She was vehemently impatient--she did not clearly know for what--to do, to be, to experience. And experience was slow in coming".
Publisher: [Ottawa] : eBooksLib, 2005
Edition: Deluxe ed
ISBN: 9781412139175
1412139171
9781412139168
1412139163
Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE

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Janice21383
Jan 01, 2016

Much of Ann Veronica is a humourous, genuine and sympathetic look at a young woman's encounters with men and the women's movement. But it also strikes me as a book a clever male author of the 1900s might write to get into a specific woman's camiknickers. It seems Wells's sympathy is limited, and exists mostly in the far future. The feminists remain distant and faintly ridiculous figures, there are no such things as genuine female help or friendship, and his heroine never does SPOILER buckle down with her education or plan any kind of career. As it turns out, what she needed was not a man but the RIGHT man, and the moral of Ann Veronica is far closer to that of Lady Chatterley than anyone could have expected.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 31, 2014

"Women to me are something so serene, so fine, so feminine, and politics are so dusty, so sordid, so wearisome and quarrelsome. It seems to me a woman's duty to be beautiful, to be beautiful and to behave beautifully, and politics are by their very nature ugly."
Though he'll always be associated with science-fiction (or scientific romances as they were sometimes called), the genre he helped found, Herbert George Wells wrote prolifically and in many genres. A more socially and politically engaged writer than he is often given credit for, Wells was perhaps more in tune with the zeitgeist than his more acclaimed, modernist peers (James, Conrad, Woolf). "Ann Veronica" is his novel of the emerging "New Woman," an idea that seems quaint to us, but was a real issue in Edwardian England. His title character is a strong-willed, intelligent woman who has the audacity to defy her conservative father and leave home to move to London and received an education. She gets caught up in the woman's movement, spends time in jail, and becomes involved with several men. It is a novel not just about a woman trying to be an individual, but about freedom. The final chapters devolve into romance and undercut the sharper writing of the rest of the novel, but it's a subtle, perceptive novel that shows Wells's range.

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