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A Short History of Women

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Is history fiction?

    The title certainly sets up a major puzzle for the reader -- whose history of women is this history, how can the history of women be short, and is this really a novel. None of those questions are ultimately relevant as the reader is quickly drawn into the immediate, personal lives of the women. Although I'm generally not a fan of books in which each chapter is told from a different point of view, the voices of the women in this book are, in the end, the voices of one woman. I did find one character to be somewhat less convincing than the others but by the end of the book, I was completely absorbed in the sense of despair and perhaps failure of the act which generates the entire novel. I didn't really care about separating the characters -- I cared more about leaving with a sense that it was worth it for the women in the extended family of the book. Perhaps a more honest title would have been "a short history of the women in this family" -- but the title Walbert chose made me read the book and I didn't regret it.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    Only mildly interesting

    A story of 4 generations of women in one family. Feels disjointed at times . Starvation of one character leads the story. The book lacks inspiration . I found it rambling at times and incomprehensible at other times just boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Oh, the worst book ever!

    Bought it for the book club reading. I only made it to 90 page, could not continue any further. Such an boring story. Save your $ and buy something else.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Short but satisfactory!

    I recommend this book highly. A beautiful look at the complicated relationships of mothers and daughters as women have tried to ensure equality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Story of Women's Lives in History

    The author portrays the lives of women during many time periods in history, depicting what problems and obstacles they faced in a culture that believes women are inferior to men. She does an admirable job in describing the lives of women in one family over a period of decades. Any female reader will find herself or another woman family member in this book. Highly recommended.

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