Vindication The story of Mary Wollstonecraft a pioneer feminist and author of the radical classic A Vindication of the Rights of Women is an impassioned beautifully written portrait of a remarkable th centur

  • Title: Vindication
  • Author: Frances Sherwood
  • ISBN: 9780374283902
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story of Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer feminist and author of the radical classic A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is an impassioned, beautifully written portrait of a remarkable 18th century woman with 20th century sensibilities historical fiction at its most gripping and convincing Radio news features.

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    1. It's eighteen years since I read this book, and I dreamed of it last night! In this anxiety dream, I was at an Oxford college, only to listen to other people, and was asked to step in at short notice and give a lecture on Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and, as the cover blurb of Frances Sherwood's novel has it, 'the mother of the future Mary Shelley.'In my dream, I could either search out the college manager, Titan Zoldi, who would point me in the right direc [...]

    2. This is one of the best books I've ever read. I think that you'll enjoy it if you like historical fiction. I mean, I don't want to vouch for the validity or the accuracy of her potrayals. However, I found this plot and the characters very enjoyable. Sorry to be vague. I haven't read it for more than ten years and I need to reread it soon.

    3. This was really fun. Sometimes historical fiction works. It does here. Mary Wollstonecraft brought to life. Vindication of the Rights of Women was a much better read after I read this. If academia could do a better job of setting the stage for great literature more people would appreciate it!

    4. I wonder if it is a peculiarly American trait to want our heroes to be perfect? We have no state religion and so we have taken as our gods those men and women who stand for the virtues we admire and forget about the less heroic parts of their characters.As someone who has an interest in feminism and women's history, I was vaguely aware that Mary Wollstonecraft, in the late 1700s, wrote one of the first treaties about the rights of women, but I didn't have any real idea of her life beyond that. I [...]

    5. so we'll assume that you've read Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonescraft because if we didn't we'd have to slap you upside the head which would probably hurt a lot because i wear some heavy rings. and after we assume that you've read Vindication of the Rights of Women, we'll assume that you're an intelligent, and open minded individual, who is well read, and knows a little something-something about literature, history, feminism, and love. so assuming these things you should en [...]

    6. Close competition with In the Fall for my most favorite fiction book. Early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of Frankenstein author Mary Shelly, had an adventurous and atypical life for an 18th century woman reporting on the French revolution, being imprisoned because she demanded equal treatment under the law and bearing a child out of wedlock. Wollstonecraft finally settled down and had her 2nd child, Mrs. Shelly, and yet~~~

    7. Loved this story. Based on the life of Mary Wollenstonecraft. She was a maverick and unconventional in her tome. I Love her spirit and strength of vision. Her adventures and struggles were totally unforeseen. But she is brave and a survivor and remains true to herself and beliefs as she meets up with other intellects and characters and is challenged again and again.

    8. I loved this book. As a historical fiction it was really well written. It prompted me to read a biography of Mary WollstoncraftShe truly was a pioneer for womens rightsbut of course it got her in all manner of trouble. Best known for her treatise Vindication of the Rights of Womene's also Mary Shelly's mother.

    9. Every paragraph of this novel was sodden with detail.John Irving wrote in A Prayer for Owen Meany that great writing zooms in and out, focusing on detail as well as the big picture and Frances Sherwood has created a vibrant account of all the details that create the larger picture. Vindication has awoken in me a desire to read biographies of all kinds beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft.

    10. An historical novel that is so alive you feel as though you've a seat at the dining room table where both eating and urinating are going on at the same time. If you love literature, you'll enjoy the long deceased writers who appear.

    11. One of my favorite books--beautifully drawn historical fiction about the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, early feminist and mother of Mary Shelley, she of Frankenstein fame. You will not believe the life this woman led!

    12. Such an interesting life and what a pioneer! This book made me want to know more about Mary Wollstonecraft--and find out how much of this story was true.

    13. A beautifully written historical novel about Mary Wollstonecraft's turbulent life as a woman, feminist, and radical writer.

    14. I really enjoyed this fictionaled novel based on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, whose writings were important to my own development as a feminist.

    15. Mary Wollstonecraft is an impressive writer so I was interested to read about her life. Unfortunately, this book is fiction and the author makes it clear that she has taken liberties with the facts, so it's not clear if her personal story is as horrible as it sounds. The way this book is written, it implies that Mary did not have the courage of her convictions and was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused by men even though she was intellectually brilliant and could hold her own with thes [...]

    16. Literary fiction about a literary and philosophical icon/iconoclast. At times a bit too wordy for my taste, but I'll bet Mrs. Wollstonecraft would approve. Having read one other book by the author, I expected it to be a bit wordier than sparse, repetitive fiction; without the wordiness, the drama would have been far diminished. (And now my review is too wordy!) I love a book that makes me want to learn more about a topic or an era, and this fits that bill. It even worked in a bit of The French R [...]

    17. This book is absolute drek, from beginning to end. It was forced on me by a former college friend, who'd studied English, and I politely read it and returned it to her without telling her how absolutely vile it was. I still need to read a proper biography of Mary Wollstonecraft to (hopefully) purge the gross image I had of her after reading this, but I think I am half afraid that her real life could actually have been as bad as it was portrayed in this fictionalized biography.

    18. A fictionalized biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley's Mom. I didn't connect with Mary, just couldn't get emotionally engaged. However, I remember that the depiction of the foul smelling and unhygenic nature of life in 18th century England and one haunting, never to be forgotten instance of foul smelling and unhygenic sexual abuse. Yuck.

    19. this novel introduced me to the guilty pleasure genre of "historical fiction." it's a romp through mary wollstonecraft's life-and boy oh boy did it make rebellion feminist style look tasty. even imprisonment and mysoginist lovers sounded strangely sexy.

    20. I had to force myself to finish this book, and skimmed the last fourth of it. Mary Wollstonecraft, at least in this author's version, is one of the most obnoxious heroines I have ever had the displeasure of coming across.

    21. Sherwood brought Mary Wolstonecraft to life in this book. And what a fascinating life she had! Loved this book although so many details of the times made me cringe with horror.

    22. It's been quite some years since I have read this book, but I was really pleased with it. It's about Mary Shelley's (who wrote Frankenstein) mother.

    23. A fanciful novel based on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft - full of sex and preachy interludes on the subject of feminism. At first it was very interesting, but then the theme became tiresome.

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