The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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Read The Well of Loneliness Online Free - First published in 1928, this timeless portrayal of lesbian love is now a classic. The thinly disguised story of Hall's own life, it was banned outright upon publication and almost ruined her literary career.

Title : The Well of Loneliness
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ISBN : 184022455X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 414 pages


Jamie rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2009

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,...

mark rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 19, 2011

what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved, and the cruel little bitch who leads her on. oh what a deep well! the writing's pretty swell though, that can't be denied. tres el...

BrokenTune rated it ★★★☆☆

November 14, 2014

‘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. Sec...

Joseph rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

A surprisingly good book that is not widely read. The Well of Loneliness has been known as the Lesbian Bible and was written in 1928. It was quite an edgy book for its time. The book itself is more about gender than orientation. The female lead, Stephen, leads a tom-boyish childhood. She hunts, f...

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2014

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 copies. and, of course, it is so tame by today's standards. the most explicit line in the book is "she kissed her full on the lips...

Jardley rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 19, 2008

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 w...

Jesse rated it ★★★☆☆

December 15, 2010

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. BUT. I read it. And I kind of enjoyed it, a...

Jon rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 03, 2013

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. Th...

Stef rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2016

This book moves slowly and thoughtfully through many shades of tragedy. There's a sort of integrity to it. Not all readers will appreciate the Christian symbolism and theology but I did- the constant please for meaning and acceptance by a sort of outcast. A few times I sort of experienced Stephen...

Natasha (Diarist) rated it ★★★☆☆

April 10, 2014

I read this the first time around in 1988, during my first term at university, hiding it from my room mate, under the covers. I enjoyed it then as the third lesbian book I'd ever read (after Patience & Sarah and Annie on My Mind), but found it harsh. Slogging through it a second time now, for...

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