It is not a novel; it is a feminist essay on why a woman needs 500 pounds
and a room of her own if she is ever to write a novel.
If you think you described feminism, I think you need to take several
courses in Women's Studies and learn what it is. This caricature is
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Subject: Re: An amateur Eliot enthusiast's wild musing
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In a message dated 5/12/03 7:11:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> Then you need to read "A Room of One's Own." She was very overtly and
> specifically feminist. Nancy
Well, I won't take your word for it even though I've never read it. In
fact, it's the only novel by Virginia Woolfe that I haven't read. And, I'm
not significantly into novels, but I love hers. Have you read her Letters?
They're great and "Tom" is mentioned in parts frequently.
Tell me though, is it as good as To the Lighthouse or Mrs. Dalloway? In
To the Lighthouse, she treats "Mr. Ramsey" is as sympathetic and
realistic "person" as "Mrs. Ramsey." Tell me, in a room of our own, does
she portray women as oppressed, yet insightful and intellectual slaves,
and men as unfeeling brutes, like some silly modern reality tv show, with
the ending being something like a 110 blond woman punching out a 250 pound
man? If so, I won't ever read it, for she is by my favorite female writer
and I don't wish to read any trash she's written.