At 21, the passionate and headstrong Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to rule her own life. When her autocratic father forbids her, via formal letter, from attending a fashionable art-school ball, and even further refuses to allow her advanced study of science, she decides she has no choice but to leave her family home and make a fresh start alone. She escapes the stodgy suburbs to London, enrolling as a student of biology and immersing herself in a world of intellectuals, socialists, and suffragettes.
Soon, however, she finds that freedom comes at a price, when she meets the brilliant Capes, a married academic, and falls hopelessly in love. A fascinating description of the woman's suffrage movement, Ann Veronica offers an optimistic depiction of one woman's sexual awakening and search for independence.
A sensation when it was first published in 1909 due to its groundbreaking treatment of female sexuality, Ann Veronica is a fascinating and optimistic look at one woman's quest for personal liberation in a male-dominated society.
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ahead of its time
This book was written in 1909. !!!
Although the text reads in typical H.G. Wells' florid prose, the plot is thoroughly modern. I swear. The protagonist, Ann Veronica, is kick-ass-- both figuratively and even at one point literally. Wouldn't have touched it had it not been for a friend's recommendation for which I'm thankful. Glad to have read this one.
Interesting story and well read
I've never read H.G. Wells before and I'm very glad I did. Although I always knew how women had few personal rights before given the right to vote (and even decades after), this book really drew a believable image of how it really was for women back then. It makes you wonder how our great and great-great grandmothers were able to survive in a society where male dominance ruled the day - every day. This book gives you a realistic snapshot of what it was like for women back then. Very interesting read. I love books that you think about after you finish them.