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Res during the First World War and beyond the novel provoked a furore on first publication in 1928 for its lesbian heroine and led to a notorious legal trial for obscenity Hall herself however saw the book as a pioneer wo. I read The Well of Loneliness because of was very interested in reading novels on homosexuality I needed something to relate to The book centers around a girl whose father desperately wanted a boy and so named her Stephen Throughout her childhood Stephen is shown as a girl unlike others The way she carries herself the way she acts and the fantasies she has about seeing herself as Nelson stress the fact Stephen sexuality is in uestion As she grow Stephen begins to find love in women and eventually settles down with one in particular Until the dreadful ending I found the book up until the end to be very interesting and pleasant However throughout the novel one could not help feeling a sense of self hatred in Stephen as well as some other characters Most of the time they would not even give themselves a name could not see themselves as whole and thought mostly that outward achievements such as great writing that would make them famous would make up for the fact that they were homosexuals This book to me seems like a cautionary tale to gay women in society The morals that MsRadclyffe presents is that heterosexual couples are acceptable and comfortable then a homosexual couple and that a heterosexual relationship is one that can truly provide the safety and dignity in this world It s a shame Radclyffe wrote such beliefs

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Rk and today it is recognized as a landmark work of gay fictionThis edition contains extra information and archival material that tells the fascinating story behind The Well's controversial publication trial and ban in 19. Recently in these parts I declared that this novel was so dull that today it is essentially unreadable and that its lasting importance has everything to do with history and not a thing to do with art And I still generally stand behind these sentiments BUTI read it And I kind of enjoyed it at least in parts I had based the above judgements on reading the first 60 pages or so in retrospect the weakest section of the entire novel and upon my decision to incorporate it in a paper on the ueer writing of Djuna Barnes and Charles Henri Ford I felt it was my duty to give it a fair assessment As expected it was about twice as long as necessary and there are whole chapters that serve no purpose than to reinforce the inherent moral virtue of the main character Stephen Gordon a British writer with an aristocratic background clearly modeled on Hall s own life Hall s prose has its own uniue sense of lyricism but it s about as delicate as a bulldozer which also accurately describes Hall s approach to the self proclaimed purpose of the novel to justify the existence of the congenital invert This means that we get a number of polemical proclamations that are as jarring narratively as they often are in regards to content with the terrible bonds of her true nature she could bind Mary fast and the pain would be sweetness so that the girl would cry out for that sweetness hugging her chains always closer to her The world would condemn but they would rejoice glorious outcasts unashamed triumphant Oy As usual Virginia Woolf gives a crystalline beautifully backhanded summation that expresses the situation better than I possibly could the dullness of the book is such that any indecency may lurk there one simply can t keep one s eyes on the page And yet and yet I can t help but find some merit in it as well and even feel something for it almost bordering on affection This novel has undoubtedly meant a good deal to countless gay people since its first publication in 1928 that uickly turned into a notorious frenzied censorship trial a la Oscar Wilde and there are moments uite a few moments even that are genuinely moving in their characterizations of the plight non heterosexuals experience within a often hostile society and the internal turmoil this inevitably creates And if it s not exactly art there is something to be said in Hall s defense that she made the conscious decision to boldly render if sometimes inelegantly the love that dare not speak its name in no uncertain terms And while I might vastly prefer the labyrinthine high modernist obfuscations of Barnes Ford Stein and other contemporaneous ueer writers with The Well of Loneliness Hall established a place amongst this illustrious group that is in its own way uniue and ultimately well deserved

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The Well of Loneliness tells the story of tomboyish Stephen who hunts wears trousers and cuts her hair short and who gradually comes to realize that she is attracted to women Charting her romantic and professional adventu. it should be MANDATORY that everyone reads this book everyone there isn t anything too astounding about her writing style and nothing too deep about it either anyone could pick up this book and see clearly everything she s very clearly alluding to so there isn t much mystery but instead a whole lot of straightforward honesty about an aspect of the world most overlook without even realizingwhat broke back mountain failed miserably in doing ratcliffe did with ease this isn t some kinky soft core porn fantasy lesbian sex thriller it isn t a sob story about rights denied gays eitherit s just the tragic story of someone who is but her state of being by no fault or choice of her own disallows her from the honor given to even the most degenerate people of societyit s just her story without bias without the evil conspiracy of the homosexual agenda without hope of guilting the readers into self loathing or repentance of unfair treatment to diverse populations it just isi wish my mom couldwould read this book not that she is like the extreme mother in this book just because it would be a way for her to see aspects of my heart that she would never be able to imagine a way to understand otherwise


10 thoughts on “The Well of Loneliness

  1. says:

    it should be MANDATORY that everyone reads this book everyone there isn't anything too astounding about her writing style and nothing too deep about it either anyone could pick up this book and see clearly everything she'

  2. says:

    If you are looking for cheerful and uplifting don’t start here the title gives it away The main protagonist is Stephen Gordon named Stephen because her father wanted a boy and stuck with the chosen name when a girl arrived This is a very English novel“Not very far from Upton on Severn–between it in fact and the Malvern Hills–stands the country seat of the Gordons of Bramberly; well timbered well cotta

  3. says:

    what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved and the cruel little bitch who leads her on oh what a deep well t

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    ‘God’ she gasped we believe; we have told You we believe We have not denied You then rise up and defend us Acknowledge us oh God before the whole world Give us also the right to our existence’ First things first the cover on this edition is absurdly unrepresentative of the book Second I liked the book I would even recommend the book it's just that it should come with a few notes 1 It is endlessly long An

  5. says:

    I read The Well of Loneliness because of was very interested in reading novels on homosexuality I needed something to relate to The book centers around a girl whose father desperately wanted a boy and so named her Stephen Throughout her childhood Stephen is shown as a girl unlike others The way she carries herself the way she acts and the fantasies she has about seeing herself as Nelson stress the fact Stephen

  6. says:

    this book was banned in England on publication in 1928 which of course made it a huge bestseller and as it was published in France and the USA it was easy to obtain copiesand of course it is so tame by today's standards the

  7. says:

    If one thinks of The Well of Loneliness as having been written by a homophobic sexist straight man then it begins to make se

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    Recently in these parts I declared that this novel was so dull that today it is essentially unreadable and that its lasting importance has everything to do with history and not a thing to do with art And I still generally stand behin

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    James Douglas editor of the Sunday Express wrote Am well aware that sexual inversion and perversion are horrors which exist among us today They flaunt themselves in public places I would rather give a healthy boy or a health

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    Alternative title The deep deep pitiful well of loneliness I mean I knew this would be sad but I hoped it wouldn't be uite as despairing I suppose the clue was in the name and the fact this is early 20th century lesbian fiction which we all know didn't end well After all we can't be encouraging the ladies Aside f