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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

RGRC Book #12 - The Awakening

"The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.”"
― Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Review copied from Goodreads (1/7/15):

I have to admit, I thought this book would be more shocking or scandalous than it turned out to be. It's just a story of a woman who gets the Seven Year Itch and falls into a depression over it. It's funny, I've been reading a lot of books lately about unhappy marriages and/or affairs. It seems like the overwhelming moral of the story is that you would be happier just chugging along in your marriage than blowing up your life over a lover (or lovers) and having that fall to pieces anyway (as it inevitably does). In any case, it was an OK book. Two and a half stars.

Friday, January 2, 2015

RGRC Book #147 - Lady Chatterley's Lover

"A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it."
― D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Review copied from Goodreads (1/1/15):

A friend of mine saw me reading this book and asked me what it was about, and I said simply, "sex."  Which is mostly true, but that's not the whole story.  The book is about sex for love, sex for money, sex for power, sex for duty, even sex as a bodily function.  This book is also about class relations, marital relations, familial relations, and the practical and lunatic things people will do in the pursuit of love and happiness.  A surprisingly timeless story of the trapped housewife trope, I definitely recommend it as one of those books to read before you die; it will make you think critically about love and politics and social norms.