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Meticulously researched and a fascinating glimpse into the life and mind of Margaret fuller and some of early America's most brilliant thinkers ( and the relationships between them), I learned much from this book, and felt transported to another era. However, I found the narrator's voice quite irritating, and it detracted greatly from my enjoyment of the book. For lack of a better word, the whole thing was read with a monotone kind of "snootiness", an annoying affect that made the book almost insufferable to get thru. Unfortunately I think the narrator colored greatly my perception of the book and Margaret Fuller. I found it much more enjoyable once I read the actual book myself.
Megan Marshall's ability to weave such an evocative story out of the minute detail she gathered from her research is exquisite. Though of course this is the story of a feminist and a revolutionary for 19th century Republican ideals, it is also the story of a human being trying to find personal happiness in relationship and, ultimately, figure out how society could be structured differently to allow for happy relationships. Thank you for bringing us Margaret Fuller, who has as much to offer our generation as she did her own.