I read only the title story. It was disturbing, a sad tale in many ways. The "rest cure" the young woman endures reflects a regrettable chapter in both medical and social history. I found little, though, beyond that mild historical interest. The main character was essentially a cipher, living under her husband's authoritarian rule while obligingly spouting Gilman's own agenda. Whatever symbolism or deeper insight there might be, however, escapes me.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was ahead of her time. These stories drew me in. Each one tells of women struggling to find their place in the world, to have a voice in the world, to be accepted for who they are, not what the world expects of them.
I loved this book of short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Each story contained so much detail that they read as if they were longer than the average short tale. This is the first book by this author that I have read, but I will be sure to find more!
I really liked these short stories. The author was a "feminist" before her time.
I love the stories in this little collection. I wrote many a paper in college on "The Yellow Wallpaper". It is very thought provoking and I enjoy reading it everytime.
I had to give this 4 stars because I love stories written in journal format and because the lady who wrote this at the time was very much a forward thinker -- Works by such women written during this period are hard to come by. My favorite piece is the backstory that led the author to produce the Yellow Wallpaper. At about 9 pages in length, this public domain offering is definitely worth a read .
This book is very interesting and the ending of the tale "The Yellow Wallpaper" is definitely a shocker!
Seven thought-provoking stories employ charm and humor to examine relations between the sexes from a feminist perspective. In addition to the title story, an 1892 classic that recounts a womans descent into madness, this collection includes "Cottagette," "Turned," "Mr. Peebles Heart," and more.