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SheriC

Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

Fingersmith
Juanita McMahon, Sarah Waters
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
Jeff Guinn
Progress: 34 %
A Golden Age
Tahmima Anam
Progress: 77/276 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 249/311 pages
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson, Bernadette Dunne
Progress: 16 %

The Shuttle - progress 303/512 pg

The Shuttle - Frances Hodgson Burnett

His personal theories concerning women presented to him two or three effective ways of managing them. You made love to them, you flattered them either subtly or grossly, you roughly or smoothly bullied them, or you harrowed them with haughty indifference - if your love-making had produced its proper effect - when it was necessary to lure or drive or trick them into submission. Women should be made useful in one way or another. 

 

It's fascinating to me that a book written in 1907, which has a strong element of genre Romance to it, deals so directly with the ways in which men attempt to dominate and control women. The author really appears to be exorcising her own demons in writing this story.