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ISBN-13: 9780394736655
ISBN-10: 0394736656
Publication Date: 2/12/1979
Pages: 176
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Pantheon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Gilman's feminist utopia highlights the author's ideas about women and her hopes for the future. Certainly she makes her point, and her essentialist take on gender relations will appear simplistic to most contemporary readers...but she uses humor and an honestly interesting-in-its-own-right plot to draw the reader in and keep the reader engaged.
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Helpful Score: 2
What would you do if you were a man who suddenly found himself captured by an all woman society. Three men have different responses in this book. I found it a great read although the amazon reviews are somewhat dismal.
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Very interesting tale about a fantasy land of just women. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's books are quite thought-provoking.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this novel with a wry smile, and a witty voice to tell women one version of what they can be. It's fantasy, science fiction and a vision of Utopia.
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On the eve of World War 1, three American male explorers stumble onto an all female society somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth. Unable to believe their eyes, they promptly set out to find some men, convinced that, since "this is a civilized country...there must be men."
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I am currently reading through this book, still near the beginning, but I am thoroughly enjoying it.
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Gives insight into early 20th century feminism; not always a pretty picture. Gilman advocates eugenics alongside socialism and gender equality
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Some books attract my attention by an intriguing title, others because the author has been previously unknown to me, yet some by their unique subject matter. This one combines all of these attractions: unknown author, unknown book; a title to wonder about (similar to Edward Abbott's Flatland); subject a feminine utopia. Will her vision track the fate of More's Utopia (1516), or of Butler's Erewhon (1872), or will it presage Ayn Rand (Anthem, 1938), and Zamiatin (We, 1924)?
There are also some similarities to Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1912) in its setting, discovery, and escape. I am also reminded of others that followed: H. G. Well's The Valley of the Blind ( ), and Burrough's Caspek (1918) trilogy. This is certainly a unique tidbit that an aficionado should not bypass.