The Beth Book

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D. Appleton, 1897 - England - 573 pages
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This novel is really a manifesto, decrying the terrible injustices suffered by late-Victorian women. The book follows the life of Beth Caldwell, a woman of intelligence and literary talent, who is ... Read full review

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Although it's over 100 years old, I found this novel engaging and readable. It follows Beth from her mother's pregnancy to the point in young adulthood where Beth finds her way in life. This novel is also interesting from an historical perspective because it gives you insight into the dominant culture of the time and the ideals of the New Woman. It really makes you think about women's rights and appreciate how far we've come and how much we owe to writers and thinkers like Sarah Grand. Most of all, I found myself very interested in Beth, her character and her life in the context of her historical period.  

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