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The Women's Room ✻ [EPUB] ✰ The Women's Room By Marilyn French ❅ – The bestselling feminist novel that awakened both women and men The Women's Room follows the transformation of Mira Ward and her circle as the women's movement begins to have an impact on their lives The bestselling feminist novel that awakened both women and men The Women's Room follows the transformation of Mira Ward and her circle as the women's movement begins to have an impact on their lives A biting social commentary on an emotional world gone silently haywire The Women's Room is a modern classic that offers piercing insight into the social norms accepted so blindly and revered so completely Marilyn French uestions those accepted The Women's Epub / norms and poignantly portrays the hopeful believers looking for new truths.

10 thoughts on “The Women's Room

  1. Louise Louise says:

    It had been a really shocking expreince for a girl of 16 in Tehran to read the story of a woman in the 60s who had almost the same situation the women today in Iran haveI had read a room of one's own so many other feminist ? books by the time but I can not say that they had that great effect on me It was so awakening

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Wow I'm not sure how to encapsulate this important 500 page feminist novel in a review so I'll keep my comments brief and just suggest strongly that anyone with an interest in feminist thought or feminist history must read this incredibly raw honest and ominous novel It's one of those vital books that has fallen off of our radar Apparently it was extremely popular when it came out in 1977 but I'm aghast that my generation has for the most part not even heard of it Though a historic novel its content is not outdated French gives us a vivid look into second wave feminism and a group of women immersed in patriarchyIf I have a reservation about this novel it is that it is perhaps too raw for young feminists today and we live in an era when patriarchy is far less overt and difficult to identify It would be easy to dismiss this book as outdated and irrelevant But if we are honest with ourselves I think we'll see a lot of truth in these characters who are flawed and broken strong and visionary It is a sad novel a hard one to read But I'm telling you it's vitally important

  3. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    HELPFUL HINTS Room – an excellent movie from 2015 about a kidnapped woman The Room – a 2003 contender for the worst film ever a cult classic The Room – a painfully horrible 1971 novel about an insane person by Hubert Selby Jr A Room of One’s Own – a 1929 essay by Virginia Woolf arguing for the need for both fictional and literal space for women artists A Room with a View – a 1908 novel by EM Forster I haven’t read it yet A Room with a View – a rather lovely song by Noel Coward – the intro contains the lines I've been cherishing through the perishingwinter nights and days a funny little phraseThat means so much to me that you've got to beWith me heart and soul for on you the whole thing leansYou don’t get that kind of grammar in modern songs Room at the Top – a vicious British social satire from 1957 The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White’s brilliant autobiographical novel from 1988 The Women’s Room – a devastating feminist novel from 1977 which maybe these days might come across as all obvious stuff I guess I read it in the 1990s and I thought it was great Hey the 1990s – that’s a long time ago now Time marches on and all but I bet the stuff in this book has hardly changed a bit

  4. El El says:

    Occasionally I hear a misinformed person who says something along the lines of Feminism is no longer needed in our society and a piece of me dies each time I hear it I read uite a bit and it's when I read things like French's 1977 novel The Women's Room that makes me realize just how important feminism and the Women's Movement has been in America Because it's not so much that I can read this book and say Wow it's so good this shit doesn't happen any it's because I can read this book and say Wow it's still horribly relevant todayI can pick up this book that was published a year before I was born and read this story that starts in the 1950s and I can still relate to the experiences the women experience if not directly in a personal sense then because I know people who match the experiences in the book That's messed up right? Because it's 2016 and people want to think things are so much better than they used to me This isn't to say things haven't been improved but when we're still discussing a political candidate's stance on women's reproductive rights then shit hasn't changed nearly as much as we like to pretend it hasThe narrator is possibly French herself though it's hard to say The narrator has a sort of omniscient presence throughout the story she talks about herself as part of the we as in the group of women and then also talks about instances in individual women's lives that she could not have been privy to so it's understood then she is retelling what her friend told her I found this an interesting narration techniue because it reuires the reader to look at the story through their own eyes But I also found it frustrating because I wanted to know about the narrator herself we learned so much about the main character Mira throughout the years and about the other women in the group but the narrator is sort of a mystery because she doesn't talk about herself as an individual outside of the group Again I feel this was probably French's way of allowing the reader to have a position in the story so each reader brings their own experiences to the table but I'm not entirely certain it was completely successfulThis is not a short book and it feels longer as one reads because there is so much time and ground covered here Beginning in the 50s and ending some time in the 70s the narrator and Mira encounter so many different people and opportunities There are not a lot of moments of brightness or hope here and that can be tedious to read But that was also French's point there's a lot of darkness and despair in the world and so for those who are a minority as there's also a level of distrust involved Mira struggles to find her tribe so to speak and she finds it and in that sense it's where this story is particularly interesting to meWomen are constantly labeled as being catty or manipulative or untrustworthy especially towards one another We are freuently tearing each other down when we should be building each other up Mira experiences a little of all of this participates accordingly on occasion and grows and evolves which is reuired of every woman even today Her first strong female relationships are in connection to their husbands and children so the women have very few of their own personalities outside of their marriages They have discussions that revolve around their husbands and children They come to realize in their own ways on their own time how detrimental that is to their own growth and they each react differently to this realizationAs time progresses Mira grows and meets new people in each new stage in her life They help her learn the problems with a patriarchal society something she has probably always had within her but never had the confidence to evaluate on her own It's encouraging to see the different female relationships over time grow from something rather superficial to deeper warmer experiencesThese relationships are still not perfect but truthfully there is never any perfect relationship But they are still strong women and their ties are strong and that is something I found especially appealingThere are uite a lot of points that I'd like to make about this book but I failed to write this review at the time of finishing it and a lot of my original points are now missing in the shit hole that is my memory It's a powerful book and I'm glad to have read it It's frustrating that the men folk in this book were one dimensional in comparison to the women but I understand that was probably French's intention as well here finally was a novel that showcased women in their habitat and not just women the way men view them After a long history of novels involving women and their relationships to men it was refreshing to read a novel about women first and foremostIt's a shame that so much of this novel is still relevant and that many of the experiences these women have are experiences so many women still experience now in 2016 I would love to see a change I feel French's novel was a large step in the right direction but then I'm not sure what happened It doesn't seem that this book is popular amongst readers any and I think that's a shame

  5. Alice Alice says:

    What I learned from this book I am about as privileged as is possible in terms of when and where I was born This fact isn't going to shield me from the insidious forms of subordination that still permeate most things Generational patterns are really difficult to break and if we think everything's different now we're overlooking some pretty big similarities There's still a hell of a lot of work to do I really don't want to get married

  6. Dottie Dottie says:

    One of a circle of neighbors who for a period of months sometime in the seventies gathered nearly every afternoon to talk and have a drink before dispersing to prepare meals for families loaned me this book or recommended it I think I went and bought my own copy to read I began it about 430 one day and think there may have been pizza at my house for dinner that evening because I barely stopped reading from the moment I began to the moment I finished which was around 1030 the next morningThis was the first book in years which demanded that immedite attention and it has stayed strong since Not only that I have since read a great many of French's works and I can't recall any disappointments

  7. Britta Böhler Britta Böhler says:

    Re reading this book for the first time after than three decades I found it less 'perfect' than thirty years ago but still the stories of these women are so powerful and heartbreaking and anger inducing

  8. Mandy Mandy says:

    Plus ça changeI didn't expect this key text of the feminist movement to have the same impact on me that it did all those decades ago but in fact it had even of an impact on me this time because I've now had children and a lot of the book the best part of it actually is about being a mother and the conflicts that arise from that But what really struck me was how little things have changed in women's personal lives In theory we now have euality and in theory can aspire to anything we want But in practice life can be just as difficult as it ever was and old attitudes die hard Many men still think that women are inferior Many still think that the woman's place is in the home with the children Many women think this too Maybe it is?I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes she said So do I But at the end there are always the damned dishesSo many of the issues raised in this book are as relevant and as pertinent as they were back in the 60s and 70s especially childcare v career attitudes to rape and so on and it is well worth a re readBecause the sad truth isplus ça change plus c'est la même chose

  9. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    In one of those odd synchronicities I was midway through the first half of this book when my husband and I watched the second to last episode of From Earth to the Moon The Original Wives' Club What struck me about the women in the episode was that although the show painted it as the extraordinary sacrifices these women made to support their astronaut husbands most of what they showed was exactly mirrored in The Women's Room as the things that most suburban housewives did Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  10. Kogiopsis Kogiopsis says:

    One of the things that I noticed in skimming other reviews of this book is that it seems to be extremely polarizing either people love it and hold it up as a seminal feminist text or they hate it for much the same reason Plainly speaking your opinion on feminism will likely be your opinion on this book It doesn't pretend to be apolitical in the leastIn that respect as I write this review in 2015 I find myself wondering if this book is actually relevant any It's definitely something that had value when it was published but both the world and feminism have moved on the focus of this book on middle class white women is no longer as relevant when the forefront of activism is now intersectional As a polemic The Women's Room is much narrow focused than modern feminism; appropriate given that it comes from a time when feminism was less developed and less visible Honestly if you want to learn about the history of feminism go for it and read this book; it's well written and reflective If you're interested in what it looks like now though you'll want to start with modern internet discourse

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