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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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The Well of Loneliness

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 If one thinks of The Well of Loneliness as having been written by a homophobic sexist straight man then it begins to make sense The central character and stand in for author Radclyffe Hall is not a self loathing lesbian at all he s a transgendered man and he s not exactly gay friendly The identification of Jonathan Brockett as gay by describing his hands as being as white and soft as a woman s for example emphasizes Stephen s conflicted feelings about his own sexuality and the feminine sex as well as his blossoming sense of gender dysphoria as he feels a ueer little sense of outrage If one regards Stephen as a woman it seems completely illogical for Stephen s hands are not after all white and soft Rather Stephen is full of the sense of smug entitlement that goes along with being an upper class gentleman and so while this Well is certainly fascinating as historical trans fiction the reader is likely to find himselfherself in the end feeling as though heshe has spent way too much time with an insufferable prick and wondering why

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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 everythi

  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 cottaged well fe

  3. says:

    what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy

  4. says:

    ‘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

  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 Th

  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 th

  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 sense The central character and stand in for author Radclyffe Hall is not a self loathing

  8. says:

    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 o

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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 healthy girl a phial of prussic acid than this novel ‘’If our love is a sin then heaven must be full of such tender and selfless sinning as ours’’‘’ Why does the world persecute us

  10. says:

    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 from the sexuality this reminds me why the 1920s are my favourite period in literature There's something so evocative a