- Title: Fidelity a Novel
- Author: Susan Glaspell
- ISBN: 9782819946823
- Page: 152
- Format: ebook
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I knew little of Susan Glaspell when I put this book on my Classics Club list; just that two of her books had been republished by Persephone and that she was both a novelist and a dramatist.That was reason enough.The opening of this book told me that she was mistress of each art.In Freeport, a small town in Iowa, an old man was gravely ill. He was asking for his daughter and his numbers wondered if she would dare to come home. She had left town in the wake of a terrible scandal. She hadn’t com [...]
A wonderful thought provoking book.Ruth leaves town with a married man in the early 1900's coming back eleven years later when her father is dying.I was drawn into this book with the plight of Ruth and how she must have felt leaving her family and life behind.Deane who loved her has now married Amy but all is not well which results in Amy leaving her Husband and going back to her family.It's not only Ruth that has suffered but the wife that was left behind and when after all those years she agre [...]
This is one of the few books I actually think about from time to time even long after finishing reading it. It's about a young woman in turn of the (previous) century Iowa who embarks on an affair with a married man and the fallout of that decision, but it's not what you might think. Written in 1915, it's an incredibly sensitive and honest portrait of family, community and womanhood that has a very contemporary feel. I'm surprised Susan Glaspell isn't better known as a novelist. Where Edith Whar [...]
A very weak three. I was infuriated by the narrow minded "talk" of the town and how it ruined everyones lives. The blurb about it says that it is about how the main characters infidelity did that but clearly it was not she who caused all the accompanying pain but the people who judged her. I do understand that it is set in 1900's and that kind of attitude was normal then. I generally like old fashioned books but this was beyond my limit and a bit too one dimensional. The love story that caused a [...]
Fidelity is a forgotten classic, an early 20th-century novel (reprinted by the marvelous Persephone Books) about a Midwest woman who defies the rules of society to run away with her lover. The structure is intricate yet easily followed, beginning as Ruth comes home to be with her sick father and then using flashbacks to show how events unfolded in the past. Though her sympathies (and thus the reader's) are clearly with Ruth, Glaspell is careful to show every side of the story, how Ruth's decisio [...]
Encouraged by the good reviews here, I read this novel, but I did not like it at all. It was too sentimental and tear jerking, this heroine, Ruth, flees to the West, with another woman`s husband, as the book keeps reminding us, the woman whose husband she`s fallen in love, refuses to divorce him, so they have to live without getting married, then after 12 years when finally divorce comes, she refuses to marry the man with whom she eloped!! and says I have to leave you because our love is not lik [...]
There’s something unassuming about the simple grey dust covers that wrap each one of the books published by Persephone. It is a handsome look, projecting a confident uniformity; reminiscent of the green or orange spines of Penguin paperbacks, though a bit more austere. There’s no way in which you can sum up the contents with a glance, as is the intent of so much in the way of modern glossy cover photography. And so when you start reading a book like 'Fidelity' by Susan Glaspell, it’s start [...]
Beautifully written I loved reading this book, I was drawn into it by the characters who I began to empathise with and wanted them to sort out their misunderstandings. Written a hundred years ago I was caught up in the drama of a young woman going off with an older married man and the impact it had on her, the family and the town she left behind. She returns to see her dying father many years later and is still scorned by many of her old friends. I won’t spoil it by telling you the ending but [...]
Fidelity by Susan Glaspell.This is a wonderfully well-written book with complex rounded characters who draw you in to the story by the insight you get into their deepest thought, or lack of them. You can’t fail to identify with the ideas that are debated by the book because you are carried along by the subtlety with which characters inner thoughts are revealed. At the center of this novel is Ruth Holland who shocks middle-class society in the small Iowa town of Freeport by running away with a [...]
This is one of several beautifully printed books I've ordered from London's Persephone Books (another example of why I can't imagine ever using a kindle or e-book!!!) I would never have discovered it had it not been for the fact that Persephone Books only prints lesser-known, but well worth reading, older books written throughout the past 150 years by women. Susan Glaspell is one such writer and her book was set in the early 20th century in Davenport, Iowa, the town where she herself had grown u [...]
Visit Literary Lass for more reviews & giveawaysDissecting fidelity on all levels – romantic, friendship, family. How much influence does society hold over our decisions to buck societal expectations versus our own authentic happiness. Our actions trickle over, hurting others to an extent unknown as Ruth discovers her trail of pain took hostages. You will find yourself contemplating as you drift along with the narrative.Ruth being the voice of the marital interloper added dimension and tex [...]
Published in 1915, the New York Times called it "a big and real contribution to American novels." and yet I had never heard of the book (or her) until I came across a recommendation some time ago to read "A Jury of her Peers".The concepts and their many implications are very thought provoking. A young woman (early 20th century) chooses to go off with an (older) married man. What are the consequences not only to herself but to her family and loved ones? Scorned more in that era than would be true [...]
Considering the problems that many young people are having today in some ethnic/religious groups, with living their own (love)lives without interfering/judging priests, aunts, parents etc. this is still very relevant. How considerations for norms and society can result in a lot of unhappy human beings - and who benefits from that?Interesting that Glaspell feels the need to describe Stuart's marriage as dead for 2 years before he begins his affair with Ruth - and suggest that he's had an affair e [...]
I can understand why Persephone books chose this as one of their first reissues - 75 years after its first publication in 1915. To the modern reader it demonstrates the vast change in social attitudes in the ostracism of Ruth Holland for daring to love (and live with) a married man. However despite its somewhat overwrought style it is a powerful attempt to explore the individual's (and particularly a woman's) freedom to choose love over society and does not shirk from showing the consequences to [...]
What an interesting, insightful book! I've never heard of it, but saw it here on and found it for free on Kindle. This is about a young woman in a small town around the turn of the last century who falls in love and runs off with a married man. Most of the story takes place 11 years later, when she returns to the town because her father is dying. The book sensitively explores the effect her actions had on her family, herself, her friends, even the wife left behind. The passages discussing the e [...]
I did not like this novel at all, it is too watery and sentimental and not thought provoking as some say, in my opinion, it is a bunch of theorizing, very second rate, it belongs to the era when women thought not sticking to the classic role of women as faithful wives and kind mothers and benevolent daughters is fashionable, the character is neither of these roles, and nothing more either, she is not a woman of science, nor of art nor of profession, she is not educated, she is just an unfaithful [...]
Tipped off by a friend, I've recently been reading books that are reprinted by Persephone Books in London. They are reviving lost (and mainly female) authors from the interwar period. That's how I found this author. I can certainly see for the time period how the story and main character were quite unusual and forward thinking, perhaps even liberating and revolutionary, so I can appreciate that. However, reading the story almost 100 years after it was written, it doesn't seem that original or in [...]
A friend said to me recently that the Persephone books are "written for women, by women" and as such, many of the books are insights into women's lives during difficult times or periods in the early 20th century. As character pieces, they're always charming and thought provoking.A woman who runs off with a married man and has to live as an outcast from societywhilst I appreciated the sentiment, the story felt very outdated and repetitive at times. Having said that, I read it easily enough and ca [...]
I randomly chose this at librivox, and was pleasantly surprised by how well it flowed along. It is a period piece, with insightful descriptions of north American middle-class society around 1915, but in the end it is a story about societal expectations and the real-world effects defiance can have. Ruth Holland has an affair with a married man, and they leave their town behind. I thought the relationships with very conservative people and the more liberal people is very well described. Also the e [...]
Previously, the only thing I'd read by Susan Glaspell was the wonderful short story, "A Jury of Her Peers." I found "Fidelity" on librivox and downloaded it to iTunes and listened to it.Ruth Holland scandalizes her hometown when she runs away with a married man whose wife will not give him a divorce. When she returns to take care of her dying father, various people in town treat her differently. But it doesn't end there. The characters are mostly fully drawn and several points of view are given. [...]
What a wonderful novel. I find it hard to believe that this book has been overlooked for the past century. It deserves to be considered a classic. On the surface a story of small town prejudices, of community and society, of friendship and family, of love and disgrace. But it's so much more than that. It's about personal integrity, about freedom, about doing the right thing when you're not sure what's right. It's about a changing world, at the dawn of the First First War. It's about men and wome [...]
I really like the books in the Persephone collection mainly because many are by female writers that have been mostly forgotten. What makes this book by Susan Glaspell so special is that she gives new perspective on affairs. People usually talk about how, to the writer, love is the greatest of all virtues. Yet, in this book it seems clear to me that she values freedom above even love. In particular, freedom from societal pressure is what the author so strongly advocates. (I'll continue later on). [...]
A really beautiful meditation on the horrible prison that conventional morality was in the mid 20th century. Lots of insights about female society. The sadness around the derailing of lives by pettiness and smallness will linger with me for sure. It has that slight overly polemical quality that some other Persephone press authors have, but I enjoy the passion that these authors bring, and the very clear sense that they're motivated by injustices they've suffered and seen.
A woman falls in love with a married man. Written in 1924, it is a contemplation of society's reaction to the couple's actions and what happens to her friends and family-- and Ruth-- after Ruth and Stuart decide to go away together. It is contemplative, musing on whether Ruth is really 'wicked', what a woman's role in society (and outside society)really entails, and how small a town can be. Just a lovely, lovely book.
This novel ended up being more thought-provoking than I initially thought it would. I'm glad I read it. It is an interesting exploration of the consequences of being faithful to the norms of society or to your pride or your own heart. At times the writing is tedious. The author uses the word "thing" way too often. But all-in-all I would call it another winner from Persephone Books.
Fidelity is a parable, almost, about love and living. Except that it isn't a parable because the characters are deep. But it is a story in service to ideas. I got quite drawn in at the end, though sometimes it was a litany of emotions. And I liked about it that it totally stomped on the "show not tell" idea. It was tell, tell, tell and good for it.
Anna gave me this book, because the author is a native of Davenport. I actually really enjoyed it a lot. Mostly because I could relate many of the things she described to Davenport, but also because the story line pulled me in fast (kind of in a trashy romance novel sort of way). Anyway, I would definitely recommend it to Iowans, and halfway recommend it to others.
This book was so far up my alley I think I might live on this alley. Wonderful, wonderfully written, wonderfully nuanced characters and an ending that made me want to blast the theme song from The Hills and live life.
Poetic & delightful, full of meaning. A brilliant, crafted critique of genteel America.
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