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Contract with the Word [Paperback]

Jane Rule

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Naiad Press,U.S.; New edition edition (Oct 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941483797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941483797
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,395,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 28 May 2006
By Erika R. - Published on
This novel almost reads like a series of connected short stories. Each chapter focuses mainly on one character, but we also see all the other characters in how they interact alltogether.

There is gentle Joseph, who despite his own fragile mental health helps to hold the others togehter. Alma, the queen, who is so entertaining one can't quite hate her the way one wants to. Allen and Mike, both tougher than nails with very real weaknesses, and Carlotta and Roxanne who seem to be almost too far removed from life itself.

The story is told with a wry sense of humour, and it's hard to put the book down, since no one ever has a boring moment, including the reader. Told in an era when 2nd wave feminism was at it's height and gay and lesbian politics were still just emerging, it is interesting to read the book some 26 years later and find that much of its politics still apply!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life from every perspective 4 Jan 2008
By bethy - Published on
I loved Contract with the World because it showed the interaction between a group of people who were all different in their own way. It seemed any person to read this novel could somehow relate to it, unless you're just close-minded and wouldn't be able to get past the fact that homosexuals are included in the main list of characters.

This novel is worth endless praise.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 July 2013
By J. K. Cowal - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good treatment of the artistic temperament and an interesting and fun look at gay life in the 60s or 70s.
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