Book review: The Yellow Wall-Paper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Published by Penguin Group

Synopsis: Based on the author's own experiences, The Yellow Walkkpaper is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the 'rest cure' prescribed after the Birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous patter of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.

How did this book end up in my hands? This book has been on my TBR list for many years and I decided to gift it to myself in January.

Was it a page-turner? Yes, the three short stories in the book are all equally thrilling.

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? All three short stories in this edition (The Yellow Wall-Paper, The Rocking Chair, Old Water) have definitely exceeded expectations.

Did I like the ending? Yes, all three endings were unexpected and perfect.

Did the book leave me with unanswered questions? I would have liked to know more about the landlady and her daughter in The Rocking Chair.

Three words to describe it. Suspenseful, spooky, unsettling.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it looks very elegant.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Yes, I’ve read Herland.

Will I want to read other books by the same author? I would give her other feminist works a miss based on experience but I would definitely want to read more short stories like these.

Will I be recommending this book? Yes, absolutely.


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