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The Well of Loneliness Kindle Edition
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Some of the feelings that are captured in this book are so poignant and accurate, they really spoke to me. Great lesbian fiction from nearly a century ago.
For anyone studying identity this is a wonderful portrayal of both the slow and painful birth of self-awareness, and the sometimes wonderful, sometimes awful responses of those closest to us as they struggle to deal with their own feelings about it.
While the whole thing is very good indeed, in particular the first 200 pages as Stephen grows up with her mother and father are incredibly powerful and moving. There are scenes there sufficient to move you to tears as a happy adventurous child is portrayed as growing into a world of confusion, differentness, and emotional pain as a result of feeling and being in ways she doesn't understand. It's a fantastic book, but this section was exceptional.
It is all the more moving because it is quite clear that this struggle and this pain comes from the author's own, and it is she you feel for almost as much as for Stephen. Towards the end, the book says: "Doctors cannot make the ignorant think, cannot hope to bring home the sufferings of millions, only one of ourselves can someday do that". I know very little (in the grand scheme of things) about the slow accretions of societal change that moved us towards the more accepting place we some of us live in now, however I have little doubt that this empathic monument produced by one of those selves has, and had, a very great deal to contribute to making those ignorant think. I hope Hall knew that.
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queer novel at its best.
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