Radclyffe Hall

Traveling Poet's picture

I just read The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, and was wondering if anyone else has read it and what they thought. I’ve heard a lot of people don’t like it because it’s so depressing, but I actually kind of liked it. It was a slow read at first (the book is over 400 pages), but it picked up eventually and I read the last couple hundred pages in a few days. The characters are very vivid and passionate, the writing style in elegant, and the book is filled with emotion, although it can be a bit overly angsty at times and the ending does break your heart. I’m also wondering if anyone has read any of Radclyffe Hall’s other novels or poetry and if their worthwhile to read.

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hippiedyke87's picture

I loved it. I thought it was

I loved it. I thought it was very moving. Yeah its depressing, but a lot of really good books are (Stone Butch Blues, for example). I'm glad you liked it. A lot of younger queers don't bother to read the older stuff but I think it is just as important. Peace.

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Allie's picture

Hey - I'm reading The Well of

Hey - I'm reading The Well of Loneliness now. I like it. A lot of the reviews online say that it is horrible because of how homophobic and mysoginistic Hall is. I disagree. She was writing in a different time then the one in which we live now. People don't dismiss books like the Great Gatsby because they show women as petty flaky charectors who need men. Instead they call it a great work. I'm glad both of you liked the Well of Loneliness.