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Read & Download The Heavenly Twins 107 ✓ Best ePub, The Heavenly Twins author Sarah Grand This is very good and the main topic to read with book details format Paperback and others 736 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780472065080 Rs 736 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780472065080. This was a fascinating book to be reading at the same time as Rachilde's Monsieur Venus as both are written by women and deal with restrictions on gender roles transvestism and women reaching beyond the boundaries of their late 19th century society But while Rachilde's book is brief and decadent Sarah Grand's New Woman novel is thoroughly Victorian in its sensibility Grand's women are painted most often as victims though two of her three heroines have happy if compromise endings; her men are either villainous or rational and sympathetic to the point of saintliness I began it shortly after teaching excerpts from Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women and found that despite the hundred years that had passed the issues of women's education and independence Wollstonecraft had raised were still very much in play The book is a bit ponderous but it's well worth reading for anyone interested in women's issues and gender roles in the late Victorian era

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The Heavenly TwinsBest ePub The Heavenly Twins author Sarah Grand This is very good an. An interesting mess with syphilis and cross dressing Grand uses three heroines to explore issues like marriage outlets for women's abilities and sexual morality Part of the messiness is because the novel ends up like a jigsaw puzzle with Grand juggling the different strands and partly it's because Grand does that thing proto feminist Victorian novels do where the established workings of the novel universe suddenly change to accommodate a less feminist endingEvadne is something of a Dorothea Brooke character A very serious calm clever dangerously naïve girl who has spent her girlhood reading and thinking about gender relations without uite realising her conclusions run very much counter to those of her idolised father She marries young giving the matter little consideration and discovers just in time to avoid consummating the marriage that her husband led a dissolute life and that she doesn't consider him good enough for her This is something Grand has a real bee in her bonnet about Women ought to make men behave by refusing to put up with them and should give up on the idea of reforming them or nobly suffering them It's the usual idea really that women are the purer less sexual sex Grand just thinks women should take a militant approach to the task of making men better Evadne and her husband live together to keep up appearances and are kind of friends though he really is of a lower moral orderEdith is a friend of Evadne's She marries a dissolute man with syphilis She doesn't know about the syphilis but she thinks he's ready for marriage now and everything will be lovely It ends badly Edith is the least substantial of the three main characters She's basically just there to be the sacrificial lambAngelica another family friend of Evadne's is one of the heavenly twins of the title She and her brother are children for part of the book being adorable astonishingly intelligent delinuents You know the drill Angelica is the most intelligent and delinuent of the two and her brother conspires with her to allow her access to some of the experiences that would normally be reserved for her brother This can't last forever Frustrated and troubled by adult femininity she abruptly marries an indulgent older man thinking it her best way to escape from her family's expectations of proper young ladies Bored and unfulfilled she takes to going out at night dressed as a boy and strikes up an odd friendship with a mysterious tenor from the cathedral choir The Tenor is in love with the real Angelica who he idealises from afar at cathedral services while his real intimacy is with the Boy When he finds out they are one everything is ruined He's lost his ideal because the real Angelica is a hoodlum and now that the Boy is a Girl the friendship is dead The tragedy is that gender conventions prevent him from properly liking someone he does actually like and that Angelica can't fully express herself any other way This tragic stuff is partly Grand's point but there's a lot of other stuff mixed up with it too and it all gets very melodramatic On the one hand Angelica kind of needs reforming and on the other I don't like the huge emphasis on her learning to be good from the Tenor who she has wrongedBoth Angelica and Evadne end up being cared for by kind indulgent husbands The earlier emphasis on women's superior goodness changes into men helping frail women to be good That was frustrating This is a self indulgent book messy as I said but I found it very entertaining You could certainly find a lot to say about the gender stuff in it so it's a shame it's fallen out of the picture so much It's an interesting picture of the convoluted connections produced by Victorian feminism