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A different side of HG,
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This review is from: Ann Veronica: With an introduction by Flora Fraser (Everyman) (Paperback)
HG Wells is best know now for his science fiction, but in his day he was a popular a prolific writer of a broad range of novels, and an outspoken social commentator.
Ann Veronica, inspired in part by the affair he had with Amber Reeves, is a feminist tale of a young woman's struggle for independence in London at the beginning of the 20th Century. It may seem a little tame by today's standards, but it was considered pretty scandalous in its day.
In Ann, Wells paints an appealing but by no means flawless character, struggling to understand why she cannot have the same freedom as men. Leaving the family home after being banned from going to a ball she faces various challenges in carving out her own life. Wells tells the tale with a light touch while making some serious points. It's only in the rather too neat ending that I felt the book dragged a bit.
A good (and worthy) read.