17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Women's Room (VMC) (Paperback)
I saw this book in a charity shop and recognised the cover from my childhood when I remember my mother reading it which is usually a sign I will enjoy it myself. Throughout most of this book though, I couldn't quite work out whether I was enjoying it or not. Through the first half of it, the story is "light reading", the reviews I have read didn't seem to belong to the same book and there were times when its radically feminist content seemed cliched and exagerrated. That said, I stuck with it and once I got to the second half, when the political and powerful message starts to take hold, I realised why it is classed as a novel "which changes lives". I didn't grow up in the fifties, sixties or seventies and before reading this book, I didn't appreciate to what extent things have changed for women in the past few decades. The book's underlying message is still highly relevant today although thankfully things have dramatically changed for both men and women. Although naturally at times dated, the language remains upbeat and articulate. At the end of the book, I realised that I had enjoyed it and grown to love and understand the characters. Whilst not my usual read, and not, for me me, life changing as so many readers have said (I can at least see why now) it is certainly recommended not only for its strong storyline but as in interesting insight into the lives of women of previous generations and a reminder about the advantages we all have today.