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If the government can provide security, we will be very interested to go to school. The men would touch us and do other actions with us, so we left. They were local men living nearby. No one tried to stop them — it happened to a lot of us. Lots of girls left school because of this — more than a hundred left. The harassment led to her asking her father if she could go to another nearby school in an area she believes is safer, but instead he removed her from school permanently, at age Some students lost their eyes — their faces were burned…All the family decided no girls in our family will go to school…But for years I fought them and continued.
Fifteen students were injured, four seriously. The kids here run around the market and eat peels from the ground. We are destitute. All the kids are illiterate…Should they take care of food, or education? He has five or six grandchildren living in the settlement, none of whom go to school. I think boys [now] have more rights to get education. Skip to main content. Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. October 17, Video. The War for Girls' Education in Afghanistan Families are fighting desperately to educate their daughters in the face of enormous obstacles.
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Sep 15, Jane rated it liked it Shelves: library , england , comedy , reviewed , satire , humor , raj , farce. I expected more on the Sepoy Mutiny of in India, but I was pleasantly surprised, in any case. I found myself chuckling from time to time at the author's wit. The two Talbot sisters, Lilian and Alice, are two 'round pegs in square holes', not the stereotypes of Victorian womanhood at all--think Bronte sisters or any woman travellers of that period, say, Gertrude Bell.
They live with their father, an eccentric and inve I expected more on the Sepoy Mutiny of in India, but I was pleasantly surprised, in any case. They live with their father, an eccentric and inveterate Collector [his collection will bring a smile to your face], several dear aunts, and odd gentlemen with bizarre interests, who live with the family, helping Mr. After an 'indiscretion', Lilian is married off and packed off to India.
The strong Alice remains as curator of her father's collection of curios and objets d'art from all over the world. She is also an amateur photographer and caretaker of the family hothouse, in which she wheels a peach tree from the hotter area to the cooler area and back again as needed. She receives a mysterious letter from her sister, ostensibly about tiger-skin cushions. A photographer, Mr.
Blake, one of her father's guests, helps her decipher the letter. The evil [or is he just misguided in his pursuit of scientific knowledge?
Cattermole, a friend of her father's, has ideas about Alice's future and plans to act on them. In India, Lilian, married to a dour, humorless missionary, begins to assert herself. She disappears from time to time to paint Indian flora and makes some money at it. Her husband, the hypochrondriac Selwyn Fraser, is appalled at her behavior.
The other English are types, but funny, all the same. Lilian's husband dies; as a widow, her forceful personality is revealed more and more. She dresses 'native', adopting native habits. The other English want her to remarry. Lilian notes in one place in the novel: as a girl or wife, a woman is under her father's or husband's thumb; as a widow, people respect her opinions. In trying to escape her oppressive life, she is embroiled in the Sepoy Mutiny. Blake [along with part of the Collection] helps Alice escape her planned fate.
Do the two girls finally reunite? Witty writing and an unusual story were pleasurable. The descriptions of the Collection were very clever; the scene of the eruption of the artificial volcano made me smile. The novel reminded me in parts of the play and movie "You can't take it with you" by Moss Hart , although with different setting. Mar 24, Jane rated it liked it. The title caught my attention first. Then I saw the cover and I was hooked.
A Proper Education for Girls
The opening sets the scene wonderfully. A Victorian mansion where the gates are always locked. The master shut them when his wife died and nobody goes through them without his permission. And so his twin daughters have been isolated from the world. He is a collector, a traveller, a man of science, a man with a wide range of interests. But can they triumph over their circumstances?
Lilian has disgraced herself and been swiftly married off to a missionary who takes her to India. Each woman is at the start of an adventure. As the story alternated between the pair they meet with romance, action adventure and intrigue. They have triumphs, but they have setbacks too. The story is fabulous and, because the girls have grown up away from society, they are oblivious to social strictures and simply use their hearts and minds as they steer their extraordinary courses. The characters are simply but clearly defined, and they all do their jobs very well.
The settings are effective too, and some wonderful scenes are played out, creating more than enough drama to keep the pages turning. There were moments I worried. When the story seemed to becoming a little bit too cartoon-like, one-dimensional. But, though it rattled a few times, it just about stayed on the tracks.
And wound up with a spectacular finale, that saw all the womenfolk, grandmother and aunts included, rise up to seize control of their lives. It was the kind of ending that makes you want to hold your breath and cheer at the same time! Definitely a book with the wow factor! View 1 comment. Sep 27, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: womensliterature , historicalfiction. Absolutely magnificent novel! As in any work of fiction, the reader must suspend belief. The novel is the richer because the author skillfully weaves the antiquated notions of womanhood with those of modern day perfectly.
Pair the novel Th Absolutely magnificent novel! Jan 06, Pauline rated it it was amazing. I just loved this novel, it's an amazing adventure with two cool 19th century female protagonists. In the end I couldn't turn it down, I read it in two days and loved every page of it! Loved it, loved it, loved it :. Jan 07, Alexis rated it liked it Shelves: x-read I was very intrigued by this book.
It is the story of two sisters who had an extensive and varied education, which bucked the norm of Victorian England. They learned horticulture, science, history, and other unorthodox things at the feet of their eccentric, scientific minded father. They lived an opulent life in a sort of grand-house-turned-museum. The sisters were smart and witty, clever and more free thinking than their contemporaries.
But I must admit that I did not love the book. It started o I was very intrigued by this book. It started out well enough: twin sisters, separated by their eccentric father, in 's England. The book was interspersed with images of the subcontinent of India. What is not to like? It was choppy. The story went from one sister to the other. Normally I don't mind switching points of view, but this seemed a bit forced to me. I also found the father too eccentric. I understand the Victorian conventions, he was blinded by morality late in his daughter's education and overdid everything, but he was a totally flat character.
He went wherever his other flat character friends pushed him. He never came to any realizations. The time that was spent in India was also very disappointing and unoriginal. The East India Company was notorious in their handling of the natives. The author played on this fact but added nothing new. On the other hand, the story was empowering for women. The sisters outsmarted the men in their lives.
They were not afraid of their circumstances. They were clever and prevailed in the end. Which came very suddenly. Not a satisfying end to a so-so story that had a ton of promise. Aug 31, Allison rated it it was ok Recommends it for: no one.
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Shelves: library-books , fiction , borrowed. Found this browsing the stacks at the library. The cover pulled me in, the premise sounded original, and so I took it home. It had such promise. The world the author allows you to inhabit is fantastic -- the eccentric scientific father, the separated twin sisters, India, the aunts, the "collection" -- all seems like a great setup.
I was sorely disappointed. The male characters were flat and stereotypically narcissistic to the point of ridiculousness. And wicked. There is not a redeeming character Found this browsing the stacks at the library. There is not a redeeming character among the lot. The females are the heroines of the story, but in contrast to what? Even they seem harder to like as the novel progresses. The characters seem to be taken right out of whatever feminist Victorian mythos has been dreamed up to malign the other sex. It was hard to be sure what the author was going for here.
Namely, I think, bizarre. Repulsive descriptions of encounters with prostitues, as well as the ending, where the scientific expertise and misogyny of one doctor lead to an almost-mutilation. I pictured a character from a silent movie with the curled mustache and black hat. But with the setting of a modern horror movie. The author paints all men of that time as such vile creatures it was disheartening.
The female twin protagonists are resourceful, yes, and clever, and their acumen is something to be praised. I cheered the women's escape from their various situations and found the novel as a whole to be slightly satisfactory -- there were elements of parallelism and an intriguing question of allegiances.
But when they wash their hands of all men at the end, I was just sad. A somewhat intriguing read, with a plot that moves along quickly, but in the end I felt I'd been spoon-fed propaganda. Or at least a badly-done historical satire.
Feb 20, Sarah Beth rated it liked it. DiRollo's debut novel is about twin sisters Alice and Lilian who are separated for the first time when Lilian is married off to an irritating preacher who is a missionary in India. The girls were raised in a house filled to the rafters with any odd and unusual artifact or contraption their father could get his hands on.
The novel is told in intervening chapters between Alice, who is at home minding her father's collection, and Lilian, who is braving the wilds of India. Used and abused by their f DiRollo's debut novel is about twin sisters Alice and Lilian who are separated for the first time when Lilian is married off to an irritating preacher who is a missionary in India.
Used and abused by their father and pretty much every man in their life, the twins aren't afraid of using men right back to be reunited and achieve freedom. Something about this novel, and especially Alice's story, was almost, but not quite, magical realism. The images of Alice in her parlor among the vast conservatory, getting lost among plants and her numerous elderly aunts was a little fantastical. Alice takes off in a flying machine and almost suffers through a clitoridectomy at the hands of the fanatic Dr.
Similarly, Lilian witnesses extreme violence and random encounters with Indian royalty among her travels. I liked this novel okay, I just didn't really like Alice or Lilian. They seemed sort of inhuman and ruthless. I was never quite sure what exactly they wanted or where the story was going. I would have enjoyed the book more if the novel had opened before Lilian left for India so the reader could see the sisters interacting and get a better understanding of their relationship.
Apr 21, Anna rated it it was ok. I started off really liking this book. It had all kinds of elements I like to see in a story: lush setting full of interesting historical elements, intelligent and strong female characters, a host of colorful secondary characters, and an easily readable narrative voice from another era. I was all set for the perfect book! Unfortunately, as the chapters wore on this book made a quick transition from charming to utterly bizarre. Suffice it to say, Dirollo holds nothing back in her graphic detail o I started off really liking this book.
Suffice it to say, Dirollo holds nothing back in her graphic detail of the more distasteful aspects of this bygone era. While I give her credit for shining a light on the dark side of life as a female during this time, I can't help but think it was over the top. This story just seemed to go on and on, each page holding a more repulsive surprise than the last.
Overall, just an odd book and not one I'd read again. Oct 19, Jena Gardner rated it really liked it. Was on its was to a five star review An interesting story of two sisters and their eccentric father. One sister is sent away, married off to a missionary and bound for India. The other is a prisoner in her own home, restricted by the morals of the day, her father, and his collection.
The sisters tales and their coded communication through the Victorian era is charming and interesting, but the end disintegrates into madcap madness that lacks the dignity of the Was on its was to a five star review The sisters tales and their coded communication through the Victorian era is charming and interesting, but the end disintegrates into madcap madness that lacks the dignity of the rest of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book though I have to say the end was a bit rushed no explanation about how the estranged sister suddenly returned.
The writing was gently humorous for the most part. Set in mid Victorian era, twin sisters Alice and Lilian are brought up by their eccentric father who is a collector of all sorts of scientific and other objects. A succession of chaps are brought into the house to fulfil various roles and one of them, Mr Hunter, 'disgraces' the more beautiful Lilian. I wo I thoroughly enjoyed this book though I have to say the end was a bit rushed no explanation about how the estranged sister suddenly returned.
I won't say more without spoiling exactly how, and she is married off to a missionary and ends up in India where she joins the memsahibs. Meanwhile Alice remains at home. Considered unattractive and unlikely to marry by her father she becomes subject to the attentions of one of her father's friends Dr Cattermole who says he can fix her demeanor to become more feminine by a little operation. I leave it to you to guess what. Lilian's husband dies and she becomes even more of an oddball. The Indian mutiny against the East India Company occurs, and there are some rather gory scenes. Story contains some mild porn.
The views expressed by Dr Cattermole in the story are based on real views expressed by Victorian medical professionals. As with Handmaid's Tale, not so long ago, this would all be considered stone-age stuff or far-fetched. Alas, the way the world is moving at present, we might find ourselves back in there in 10 years time. Aug 27, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: This book has been on my to read shelf for 10 years and I seriously don't know why I waited so long!
This was nothing that I had expected and in all the right ways. This is not a sappy coming of age story of sisters, instead it is the story of a family that in today's world would have their own reality series on TLC. Subtle humor and a few devious plans make this such an enjoyable story. Jul 31, Penny rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this book.
Just disappointed by the ending. Jan 04, Cynthia Varady rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-books. I can't express how happy I am to live in a modern, westernized country where women can do as they please, for the most part. It's still inadvisable to walk alone at night in most urban areas, and there are precautions that women need to take that may not occur to men. Written off as insane instead of the intelligent humans they truly were, in need of intel I can't express how happy I am to live in a modern, westernized country where women can do as they please, for the most part.
Written off as insane instead of the intelligent humans they truly were, in need of intelligent pursuits which couldn't be satisfied by needlepoint or gossip. I would have gone absolutely stark raving mad if I had been subjected to even a smidgin of the repressive social expectations that the Talbot sisters had to endure.
Elaine di Rollo's novel, A Proper Education for Girls takes a microscope to a family of privilege, and examines the idiosyncrasies and prejudices produced by Victorian ideals. Elaine di Rollo's premier novel about two sisters the surviving pair from a triplet birth , Lilian and Alice Talbot is a lesson in the ills of small minded men being in control of passionate and intelligent women. It's a novel of finding one's footing in a world where you have been taught to tread lightly and bring no offense to those around you.
The reader is introduced to the Talbot household through a series of flashbacks that bring the reader up-to-date without giving away too much. The subject manner is dark, and at points made me cringe, and all the while somehow keeping a light tone with a hit of hysteria behind it.
After all, the perceptions that most of the characters have of Lillian and Alice is absolutely absurd, and one can't but laugh, even if what they're trying to do is horrific. I did find myself more interested in Alice's story than of Lilian's, and I'm not sure why this is. Perhaps because Alice was still living with her demented hoarder of a father who is trying to fill his life with objects to make up for the fact that he didn't have a son.
In addition to her father, there were the aunts and the grandmother who were great women, and I love everyone one of them. Along with this motley crew of relatives is a smattering of hired help that also makes Alice's sections enjoyable. Lillian on the other hand has been married off to a wet noodle of a man, and has far more freedom to move about as she pleases while Alice is a virtual prisoner in her father's home. In addition, the only character I found likable in Lilian's section is Captain Forbes who is a closet feminist. The rest, with the exception to Lilian herself, are just horrible, vapid people.
Over all I really like this book. It has a wonderful ending reminiscent of Thelma and Louise, with a happy turn instead of a foot drop into a ravine with no hope of survival. The characters were lively and unpredictable. There is suspense, humor, horror and even a little romance. If you're into period novels with a twist, you'll enjoy A Proper Education for Girls.
This way people won't know whether your male or female just by looking at your name. Women being a bigger target for home invasions and robbery if it is felt they live alone. May 01, Brittany rated it liked it. This book is kind of all over the place. I really enjoyed it however. I don't really know how I could sum it all up there was so much information in so few pages. Two girls left from a set of triplets in which one girl died young. They have become engaged in their father's collection which takes up every inch of the house.
Their father does not let anyone leave this This book is kind of all over the place.
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Their father does not let anyone leave this house without his permission. However, one sister, manages to escape after she disgraces herself and her father is forced to marry her off to a missionary who takes her to India. The other girl, Alice, however, is left behind. Her father sort of thinks of her as part of his collection after the nasty Dr. Cattermole points out that she is less than lady-like.
Lillian the girl in India knows she needs to get Alice out of there, before something awful befalls her. I enjoyed this book, even though it took me quite awhile to get through. The ideas seemed fresh and intriguing twins, a bizarre collection, India, England, Sexism, new medical procedures, hermaphrodites, photography, uprisings. I really enjoyed that it switched back and forth between Alice and Lillian's point of views every few chapters.
This definitely kept you reading because they would switch at the height of excitement. This book dealt largely with the sexism that was very present in England around the early days of petticoats and such. Elaine di Rollo did extensive reading and research when writing this book and it makes the book that much better as an insight into the sometimes crazy things that people believe and how they acted.