Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule

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Read Desert of the Heart Online Free - Two women meet and fall in love in Reno, Nevada. This classic of lesbian eroticism is Jane Rule's first novel.

Set in the late 1950s, this is the story of Evelyn Hall, an English professor, who goes to Reno to obtain a divorce and put an end to her disastrous 16-year marriage. While staying at a boarding house to establish her six-week residency requirement she meets Ann Childs, a casino worker and fifteen years her junior. Physically, they are remarkably alike and eventually have an affair and begin the struggle to figure out just how a relationship between two women can last. Desert of the Heart examines the conflict between convention and freedom and the ways in which the characters try to resolve the conflict.

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ISBN : 159493035X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 191 pages


Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

September 09, 2017

Desert of the Heart is a groundbreaking novel in the context of lesbian literature. Written in 1961 and eventually published in 1964, albeit after significant changes, this novel marked Jane Rule out as a visionary and a spokesperson for a generation of lesbians, daring to defy the idea that marr...

Bett rated it ★★★★★

December 01, 2007

It is a remarkable, perfect little book. It says what it has to say, in the first paragraph, and it ends just as it should. "Conventions, like cliches, have a way of surviving their own usefulness. They are then defended or excused as the idioms of living." This is a book about the conventions we...

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2014

It’s easy to forget when you’re reading Desert of the Heart, by American-turned Canadian author Jane Rule, that it was actually published in 1964. But it is essential to remember, because it’s astonishing, really, that this kind of lesbian novel was even published (in hardcover no less) at a time...

Anja rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 06, 2014

This book reminds me a lot of a typical Woody Allen movie. There is so much talking going on (which is hard to follow sometimes). It's an okay story but it seems a little outdated sometimes. The characters are a little too complex and one-sided for my taste. It's well written but still there was...

Linda rated it ★★★☆☆

May 06, 2012

I'd seen the movie, "Desert Hearts," but never got around to reading the book that was the basis for the movie. Though written in 1963, it has a 1950's feel to the story. It's kind of odd today to read characters so casually consuming large amounts of alcohol and the cavalier attitude toward smok...

Vicky rated it ★★★☆☆

February 16, 2011

Evelyn Hall is an English professor from California who is looking for a quick divorce so that's why she goes to Reno for a while, so she lives in the same house as Ann Childs, who is 25 and strikingly resembles Evelyn, who works evenings at a casino in Reno, and draws cartoons for magazines like...

Steph rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

I read this on a train ride out west; my first time visiting the desert. Perhaps the vast Nevada landscape of this book is a world apart from the rocky deserts of Colorado and Utah (my destinations). But to a New Englander, they are just alike, and I loved reading Desert of the Heart while experi...

Kathryn rated it ★★★★☆

March 17, 2017

If you have seen the film Desert Hearts, on which the book is based, and have it mind to read the book, know that there are quite a few differences. Where Roger Ebert took points off on the movie for its simplicity, the book offers a more complex character study of Evelyn Hall (called Vivian in t...

Gerd rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 19, 2009

I didn't like that book one bit, it's terribly written with not one likeable character to support the story. Rule does care little for her story and burdens it with unneeded symbolism and popular psychology to make what she has to say sound more important. Her main characters are painted in a real...

Kim rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2017

This book bears little resemblance to the movie ‘Desert Hearts’. The movie takes some of the key plot points from the book, but the book is much richer in character, plot and depth. All the elements of the book: the place, the people, the settings, the emotions and the underlying artifice of the...

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