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Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ann J. Lane I really wanted to like this book more. I admire Gilman enormously: a woman flouting society's values in turn of the century America was no joke (see House of Mirth). She thought, wrote, and lectured about women's place in society, its relationship with economics, and the crushing unfairness of it. It's inadequate to say she was ahead of her time, because her ideas helped shape our time. Her strength in defying convention to create a life that made *her* happy is an inspiration. Her utopia is less so. It's heavy-handed and boring. I had a literature professor who said that everyone reads Dante's Inferno and no one reads Paradiso because conflict is what's interesting. Paradise is boring. Also in this case, very creepy. Herland is a sterile monoculture and all that homogeneity gives me the creeps.