The Girl

Meridel Le Sueur

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The Girl

The Girl This celebrated novel by one of the leading radical woman writers of the twentieth century is reissued in a format designed for the general reader Written in first published in by West End

  • Title: The Girl
  • Author: Meridel Le Sueur
  • ISBN: 9780975348659
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • This celebrated novel by one of the leading radical woman writers of the twentieth century is reissued in a format designed for the general reader Written in 1939, first published in 1978 by West End Press , The Girl explores the fate of a farm girl who moves to the dark city of St Paul, Minnesota, where she struggles to survive the death of her lover, killed in a banThis celebrated novel by one of the leading radical woman writers of the twentieth century is reissued in a format designed for the general reader Written in 1939, first published in 1978 by West End Press , The Girl explores the fate of a farm girl who moves to the dark city of St Paul, Minnesota, where she struggles to survive the death of her lover, killed in a bank robbery, and to give birth to her daughter, her hope for a new generation Meridel Le Sueur s work stands, urgent and unique, at that bloody crossroads where politics and culture meet Paul Lauter, Trinity College

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    1. Ampat Varghese on said:

      It’s always been my experience that women know less about women writers than men do. Women may despise men, but sometimes they despise each other more in reality, and it takes a rare woman writer to get beyond such angularities to be able to write with sensitivity both about men and women. Meridel le Sueur is such a writer and her work in some strange way takes me back to the work of Anais Nin, my favorite woman writer ever since I read “A Spy in the House of Love” and “Henry & June [...]

    2. Jess on said:

      This was a hard one to rate, and I think I rounded up a little. Any book that takes place in Minnesota is instantly endearing to me, I can't help it--we look out for our own and everything. I'm also a big fan of Le Sueur's essays and short fiction (her writing on women on the breadlines, feminization of poverty, and women in socialism is really awesome). This was a good book with a good plot--it wasn't especially literary but I think it was trying to be.There were some really gorgeous scenes, es [...]

    3. Beth Barany on said:

      My great-grandmother's book is an interesting insight and an emotional ride into a world long gone, yet still close.

    4. Lenore Pettinger on said:

      A stark depiction of life during the Depression and what women had to do to survive. Also a redeeming story about the sisterhood of women and how they supported each other.

    5. Jessica on said:

      Purchased for Am Lit 2; read on my own after removal from syllabus. The criminalization of being alive. The unique struggles of women during the Depression.

    6. Laura on said:

      This was 'assigned' reading for a Women's Studies 101 class, partially to help us understand the important part the memoir played in Women's History, and partially to also see how much has changed for women in the United States in the past 70-80 years Ms. Le Sueur's prose is powerful and packed the narrative is quick and jagged like that of a woman confiding in you. There are stand out portions though that bear repeating:"I felt like a great root sprang up out of my skull green, or a terrible ro [...]

    7. David on said:

      I was impressed how well the focus stayed on the story in this book. Knowing that this book was considered a feminist and possibly a socialist text, I was afraid that ideology would get in the way of the narrative- like in Sinclair's "The Jungle." Perhaps that was true to a small extent, but this book did not sacrifice story to politics. The humanity of the characters and the brutality of the world in which they found themselves seemed primary, everything else secondary. I was pleased to see tha [...]

    8. Petter Nordal on said:

      A little mother-feminist heavy-handed, maybe, but a novel of people surviving the Depression is bound to have some politics to point out. LeSeur was there after all, so it's worth seeing her accounts. And i love her phrasing.

    9. Brinyy Summer on said:

      My favorite quote is "The breasts of our women are deep with the awful and wonderful life that strikes and swarms and breaks from us". Didn't care so much for this book, maybe in class discussion on it will change that.

    10. Connie on said:

      Characters and dialogue live in this book! Loved the characters of Butch and Belle (flawed, crass, believable).

    11. Wendy on said:

      every woman should read this. dialect of the moment woman power. woman strength. i love this book. i love the power this book gives me.

    12. ػᶈᶏϾӗ on said:

      Unbelievably good. I can't believe this book isn't universally famous - as good, if not better, than any given Hemingway or Faulkner. Seriously.

    13. Stacey on said:

      reads like a long conversation, beautifully told. if you like Prohibition stories, Minnesota, and bank robbery, this is for you.

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