The Well of Loneliness

Hall, Radclyffe

Book - 1990
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Well of Loneliness
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Originally published in 1928, Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness is the timeless story of a lesbian couple's struggle to be accepted by "polite" society. Shockingly candid for its time, this novel was the very first to condemn homophobic society for its unfair treatment of gays and lesbians.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1990
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 0385416091
9780385416092
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 437 p. ; 21 cm.

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Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

jeez this is a depressing book! everyone feels so bad about being a lesbian; it's kind of hard to read because of that.
i'd say it has merits based on the fact that it was groundbreaking, and as an historical lesson for modern day lesbians who don't have to be feel quite as shameful as their predecessors did. but it's not a particularly fun novel.

Sep 09, 2014
  • tuknea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's a wonderfully written book, sad (and depressing, for some) but so true. I love the use of the language.

Aug 16, 2010
  • teacupfaerie rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

At one point all lesbian novels had to end badly in order to show the folly of having this orientation. This is one of those. It was alright up to the end.

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