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East Angels   By: (1840-1894)

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East Angels by Constance Fenimore Woolson is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that sheds light on the unusual personal journeys and societal pressures faced by women in the late 19th century. Set in the post-Civil War era, the story follows four women from diverse backgrounds who reunite in the tranquil coastal town of East Angels.

Woolson's writing style is elegant and immersive, effortlessly transporting readers back in time. The attention to detail in describing the town's atmosphere and the characters' internal conflicts adds depth and richness to the narrative. The author skillfully intertwines the protagonists' stories, gradually revealing their secrets and aspirations.

At the heart of the novel is the exploration of gender roles and the constraints faced by women in a society that expects them to conform to traditional expectations. Each character represents a different struggle: from Catherine's quest for independence, to Lucia's battle against societal expectations, to Pauline's pursuit of love and happiness. The characters are well-developed, relatable, and flawed, making their experiences all the more compelling.

Woolson delicately explores themes of self-discovery, feminism, and the complexities of romantic relationships. The author's nuanced approach allows readers to question societal norms and ponder the choices women have had to make throughout history.

Furthermore, East Angels paints a vivid portrait of post-war America, showcasing the challenges faced by individuals and communities trying to rebuild their lives. The small-town setting adds a sense of nostalgia and quaintness, contrasting sharply with the characters' inner turmoil.

While the novel progresses at a leisurely pace, it is precisely this measured rhythm that allows readers to fully absorb the emotional depth of the story. The narrative is packed with melancholic beauty, lending an air of reflection and introspection to the overall reading experience.

Despite its strengths, some readers may find the lack of closure for certain characters and subplots to be frustrating. However, this could be seen as a deliberate choice by the author to mirror the complexities and uncertainties of life itself.

In conclusion, East Angels by Constance Fenimore Woolson is a beautifully-written historical novel that delves into the lives of women struggling against societal expectations. Through its vivid characters, evocative setting, and exploration of timeless themes, the book offers a poignant and resonant reading experience. Woolson's work proves to be an important addition to the canon of feminist literature, reminding us of the enduring power and resilience of women throughout history.

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A Novel





EAST ANGELS. A Novel. 16mo, Cloth, $1.25.

ANNE. A Novel. Illustrated. pp iv., 540. 16mo, Cloth, $1.25.

FOR THE MAJOR. A Novelette. Illustrated. pp. 208. 16mo, Cloth, $1.00.

CASTLE NOWHERE. Lake Country Sketches, pp 386. 16mo, Cloth, $1.00. ( New Edition nearly ready. )

RODMAN THE KEEPER. Southern Sketches, pp. 340. 16mo, Cloth. $1 00. ( New Edition nearly ready. )


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Copyright, 1884, 1885, 1886, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

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"I think, more than anything else, I came to be under blue sky."

"Are you fond of sky?" said the young girl who was sitting near the speaker, her eyes on the shimmering water of the lagoon which stretched north and south before the house.

"I can't lay claim to tastes especially celestial, I fear," answered the visitor, "but I confess to a liking for an existence which is not, for six months of the year, a combat. I am mortally tired of our long northern winters, with their eternal processions of snow, ice, and thaw thaw, ice, and snow; I am tired of our springs hypocritical sunshine pierced through and through by east winds; and I have at last, I think, succeeded in breaking loose from the belief that there is something virtuous and heroic in encountering these things encountering them, I mean, merely from habit, and when not called to it by any necessity... Continue reading book >>

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