Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book: "A Short History of Women"

Well, I guess it's a history of women if that history began in the late 19th century with the British suffragist movement.  What it really is is a history of five generations of women in one family who are reacting to or bear the legacy of the 1914 hunger strike death of the suffragist.   A daughter tries to escape that legacy by pursuing a science career in the United States, while a granddaughter finds herself dissatisfied with her long-standing marriage and her fruitless war protests.   Two great-granddaughters deal with modern anxieties in ways that are not completely effective.

My rating:  **** (out of 5)

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