Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (35 of 42)


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The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Story, 22 Sep 2005
As a short story alone this work is outstanding. Stylistically it is sparse and chilling, and as a psychological tale the horror of the detail is left to the reader. That is not to say this is a horror tale as one would normally expect, but a powerful evocation of how women were often mistreated and degraded by Victorian culture. It chronicles the tale of a free-thinking and self-willed woman who is forced to take the infamous rest-cure to prevent her from stretching beyond the limited boundaries set for middle-class housewives in the nineteenth century. Enforced rest with little entertainment or stimulus is really a form of incarceration with damaging psychological effects. These… Read more
Matilde waltzing by Elise Valmorbida
Matilde waltzing by Elise Valmorbida
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
When I pick up a book I always have to finish it because I need to know how things turn out in the end. However, after reading a few chapters of Matilde Waltzing rather than being 'unputdownable' it became instead difficult to pick up again. Aside from the plot contrivances, which actually seemed completely nonsensical in places, the language is dense and showy. As an English graduate I appreciate the value of the well-constructed and complex sentence - of which Henry James is a master - but this book is more of a wordy exercise, lacking an intuitive storyteller's knack.
Unfortunately the story doesn't help (a pseudo-intellectual historical hotch-potch!) and its descent into gimmickry,… Read more