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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (July 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844085155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844085156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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NOT VERY FAR FROM Upton-on-Severn - between it, in fact, and the Malvern Hills - stands the country seat of the Gordons of Bramley; well timbered, well cottaged, well fenced and well watered, having, in this latter respect, a stream that forks in exactly t Read the first page
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By Kate on March 29 2014
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Well it's a story of Stephan who is named such because her father wanted a boy. It's a story of her coming to terms with her sexuality and eventually falling in love but will her love stand up to the predudices she has to face?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Green on Aug. 20 2001
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I first read this book when I was 12 years old, (during WWII). I was fortunate that my father allowed me to read anything I desired. As a child in the early 1940's I didn't know what a lesbian was and had to ask my father. He explained that they were women who prefered the compamy of other women. I could understand that and it was enough of an explanation for a 12 year old. Over the last 50+ years I have often returned to the book. I am, in fact, on my third copy. I am heterosexual, a widow, mother of four, grandmother of nine. It took me many readings to realize why I identified with the character in the book. It is the relationship between the girl and her parents and not the sexual aspect, that drew me. I reccommend this book to anyone interested in family dynamics. Many of us have experienced loneliness, the feeling of not "fitting in", of not conforming, not measuring up to someone else's ideals and this is why I consider this book timeless. Sure, it is dated both in dialogue and in the experience of homosexuals today but that doesn't negate to feelings expressed in the book.
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By A Customer on May 24 2004
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I have just finished reading "The Well Of Loneliness" and have mixed emotions about it.First of all, even though some of its melodramatic prose is definitely outdated, however some parts of the novel appeared to me amazingly contemporary.The character of Dickie West,the brash American aviator sounds very much like the young modern politically active Lesbians of today.As a man, I really sympathized with Stephen even though her sacrifice of Mary to Martin Hallam seemed to me more the action of a martyr than a lover.I thought that the most fascinating aspect of the book was its priceless description of the gay Parisian nightlife of the 1920's.That alone is worth the price of the book .
The book is also permeated with memorable characters like Puddle,Mlle Duphot and the tragic Jamie & Barbara.Also Stephen's relationship with animals from her horse to the dog in Paris was touching.
All in all ,a dated but fascinating and ultimately moving novel.
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As a male, hetrosexual, I decided that I should read this classic. I found it slow, but was interested in the way the author portrayed society. I imagine that modern lesbians would be touched, but also annoyed by this dated classic.
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This novel in to be recommnded not only to lesbians and "inverts." It is to be recommended to all sensitive souls and lovers of beauty and artists and all who feel themselves terribly rejected by mainstream culture. The prose in itself is beautifully written in a manner that few books of any sort are today. If this lovely style is "long-winded," as one reviewer dubbed it, then today's literary culture would do well to open the door and let some air in, regardless of the season! The book that comes closest, oddly, to the style of Hall's masterpiece is the contemporary "straight" Bildungsroman of Thomas Wolfe-Look Homeward, Angel. Hall is more effective, though, in bringing home "the pain of all beauty," and I found myself having to put the bok down several times to clear the salty blur from my eyes, such is its poignancy. Oddly again, the storyline of Hall's book and the plight of Stephen Gordon remind me of nothing so much as Rousseau in his Confessions.-Then again, none of this should really be surprising. All three were sensitiive geniuses who suffered through much of their lives. This book will strike a chord of love in you, if you, like Hall and her protagonist, have ever felt "...like a soul that wakes up to find itself wandering, unwanted, between the spheres."
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This book is to be recommended not only to the lesbian or "invert," but to all sensitive souls who have felt themselves "outcast from life's feast," to borrow from Joyce. The prose itself is rich and beautiful as few books are today, and if this style is long winded as one reviwer has dubbed it, then modern literary culture needs to open its doors to let in some fresh air, regardless of the season. This style of this book, oddly, resembles more than anything that of the contemporary "straight" Bildungsroman by Thomas Wolfe-Look Homeward, Angel. But Hall is more effective at bringing home "the pain of all beauty" and I found myself laying the book down several times to wipe the salty blur from my eyes, such is its poignancy. The storyline and character, oddly again, of Hall's book and of her protagonist Stephen Gordon remind me of nothing so much as Rousseau in his Confessions. Yet, these similarities should not be surprising after all. All three were sensitive geniuses who suffered much through their own spiritual tenderness.-This book is for all who have felt, like Hall and Stephen, "...like a soul that wakes up to find itself wandering, unwanted, between the spheres."-Or as Shelley would have it in his fragment "To The Moon," "Art thou pale for weariness of climbing heaven and gazing on Earth, wandering companionless?"-It will ease your struggle and perhaps bring you rest.
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