- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Ltd.; Reprint edition (November 15, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0460873067
- ISBN-13: 978-0460873062
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,680,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ann Veronica Paperback – November 15, 1993
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Ann Veronica "Vee" asks the question "why can't a woman be like a man" and sets out to find out why. She discovers all sorts of men, some stuffy and some devious. She may one day stumble over the perfect man. She tries to be independent and is thwarted at every turn; that is until she realizes there are better things to do than just compete.
We get to grow with Vee and go through several long dissertations, Ayn Rand style, over politics freedom, love, equality, and whatnot. All the talk loses its way and with dumb luck returns to the story. We are treated to a travelogue and scratch ourselves with a long talk about the prison dingies. Just as it, starts to get interest the story stops dead in the middle of a thought.
The story is ok and some of the subjects brought up are still relevant today. However, if you look a little closer the story as with much fiction is just a venue to express H.G's concepts of free love.
It is however a rather interesting story of the dual coming of age of a woman and a society in a time of dramatic social change. This book provides the missing link between Jane Austen's era where the notion of an independent woman encompassed little more than a woman who did not automatically marry the first man of means who proposed to her and our modern era where we fully accept the notion of a "man-equal" female character like Heinlein's Friday. And the transformation is a most interesting, exciting, and at times enlightening one. As Ann Veronica wanders through the political and social landscape of Victorian England we are exposed to the rather startling sentiments of the time and the rather harrowing and bold adventures she undertakes in her journey to freedom, as well as to a panoply of interesting characters (like the man hating Mrs. Miniver and the absolute cad Mr. Ramage).
This book is not for everyone, but it is a very worthwhile and entertaining read if you can get into it.