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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First published in 1892, this perfect novel portrays with chilling power the powerlessness of women within Victorian marriage.

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 66 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492977446
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082UPBWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,051 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic classic short story 15 Aug 2013
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I first read this story whilst at University studying Literature and came across it again as a friend (similarly studying) said that she had been reading it and enjoyed it. It was free on Kindle so I downloaded it to read it again. I'm so glad I did. This is a brilliant study of a woman slowly losing her mind. We first encounter the female lead as a woman who is "ill" in some mysterious way, although her doctor husband doesn't really think there's anything all that much wrong with her (sounds like one of the doctors at my surgery! He must have been employed in the NHS!) Through the story we discover she's just had a baby but doesn't seem to be able to bear the child near her. Next we find that she's living in an attic room which used to be a children's nursery - or did it? The gnawed bed, torn wallpaper, barred windows and "fixtures" like rings to the wall strike the reader as immediately odd. Children's nursery? Gymnasium? Or padded cell for the keeping of the insane? Insanity is the clear theme in the story as the narrator identifies and then identifies too closely with a mysterious woman who appears to be caged behind the bars of the yellow wallpaper of the room.

It's a fabulous story with the woman's progression into insanity clearly charted through the story, and yet it is subtly done. I remember when we studied it at University there was talk of yellow wallpaper being tinted with lead in the late nineteenth century which might have led to the woman's insanity. They also used to colour it with urine too, which smelled as the woman describes in the story - but did not, as far as I know, lead to insanity. Or it could have just been a simple case of post-natal depression. Whatever your interpretation, this is a fabulous story and very easy to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short story 1 Jan 2014
By dafoo
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I first read this as a set text of my A-level in English. I enjoyed it at the time and when I saw a free download for the kindle, I decided that I would try it again. The story is a mildly disturbing but insightful exploration of mental illness, & how it was considered & treated (or rather, covered up or dismissed) by professionals & families who questioned the validity of anything other than physical illness, or were ashamed to acknowledge the issues. A great read, particularly if you want something chilling and creepy on a dark night
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 29 Dec 2013
By Claire
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I absolutely adore this saturated political approach to "The Resting Cure." Gilman's imagery and use of an unreliable narrator leaves an enjoyable ambiguity to the text as well as a plethora of interpretations. There is no doubt that one receives great insight from such a short, but by no means simple, story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no praise high enough 30 Dec 2013
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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER a well written study of a woman driven into insanity by her domineering husband and the patriarchal society of the time. A short story contained within 17 pages and yet the writer has encapsulated more in this short story than some authors manage in a whole novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Wallpaper 4 Aug 2014
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Until a few months ago, I'd never heard of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and only read about it via a review on Amazon. I love a good psychological thriller and this did not disappoint. The story was haunting and moving.

The female lead is somehow unwell but we never really learn what her illness is supposed to be. She is confined to a room, which was perhaps used as a nursery; yet, it contains a number of mysterious things such as iron rings and scratch marks on the walls. It makes the reader wonder what it was really used for. I love how she describes the wallpaper as having a face within a certain area of the pattern - I could easily visualise this as it reminded me of similar patterns on wallpaper I've seen.

Throughout the story, the husband treats her with an almost delicacy, reminding her that she is fragile and why company isn't good for her - is he deliberately isolating her? I could almost hear his condescending tone and I was left feeling that nothing was truly wrong with his wife; that she was slowly being driven to madness.

This story is short yet the level of detail and insight is gripping. It is definitely worth a read and will keep you pondering the final outcome long after you've turned the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The yellow wallpaper 12 Jan 2014
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Pretty good book, a bit hard to get into because it is so short. Makes you think a lot about the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Yellow Wallpaper

I had never heard of this, but the writer and editor William Wiles recommended three stories on malign interiors. The others were The Dreams in The Witch House by HP Lovecraft and his own Care of Wooden Floors, and having enjoyed his book, I sought out and read the two short stories.

It probably will only take you twenty minutes to read this story, but it is twenty minutes that you are likely to remember for a very long time. It is a striking and memorable story, with plenty of telling detail dropped in, but still leaving some ambiguity.

A woman has given birth, and finds herself confined to an attic room, with a dreadful yellow wallpaper. The room has an unsettling effect on her. However the story is told with a real lightness of touch that draws you in, intriguing rather than grand guignol horror.

I would heartily recommend this to everyone, it is a perennial classic that deserves to be more widely known.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A strange, haunting tale which will keep you gripped and puzzled. Give it a try.
Published 5 days ago by mags
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay but slightly confusing
Published 7 days ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
The book can get anyone's minds thinking, the whole story line can be represented as different parts of this woman's life and that I believe to be a true writers skill. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Deb Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a lovely short story
I really enjoyed it, read on the train to work and thought it was a great way to start my day
Published 23 days ago by Surahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for a back ground on the oppression of women in...
a classic piece of feminist writing, perfect for university or a level course work on the oppression of women. Explores mental illness and isolation also, is a great read.
Published 1 month ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love this short story, it is an easy read but uncompromising in power. Definitely would recommend this to read .
Published 1 month ago by Lola Mosanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A gripping story, well told.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting read made me feel uneasy.
I wonder what was going through the writers head at that time . Baffling.
Published 2 months ago by F Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
An excellent read and cleverly constructed made you question gender roles and the male domination that was inherent in society.
Published 2 months ago by Gillian Baines
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragically Beautiful
I began reading this book after hearing it mentioned on American Horror Story: Murder House.

I was pleased to see it was only a quick one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James
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