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Moving the Mountain

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Moving the Mountain is a feminist utopian novel written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.The book was one element in the major wave of utopian and dystopian literature that marked the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The novel was also the first volume in Gilman's utopian trilogy; it was followed by the famous Herland and its sequel, With Her in Ourland. John Robertson, lost in Tibet for thirty years, is finally brought back to America by his sister Nellie, only to find his society completely transformed.

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Community Reviews

Interesting. Glad I read it. But it was tough going. Gilman envisions a Feminist Socialist America where there is equality and uniformity. A lecture with the barest bones of a narrative.

A man is isolated from civilization for thirty years. He comes back to find that women, who did not have any power including the vote when he left are now running a Utopian society in the United States. Lots of ideas which were probably were quite advanced or amazing at the time (1911). Many are ide

yes, 3/5 for the effort in the early 1900s. yes, very early utopian and feminist ideas. also yes, very dated and full of anti-abortion rhetoric, white supremacism and gender essentialism. so overall, no.
[not going to read Herland and with Her in Ourland]

Given that this is my third Charlotte Perkins Gilman book, and I've never given one of her books above three stars, I think that she's just not for me.

Never-the-less this is a short and interesting exploration into what one feminist in 1910 thought a feminist utopia would look like.

As many have pre

A for effort, B for context, D for execution. Coming up with a society based on socialist & cooperative principles, feminism and a holistic framework for the economy and education is something I find exciting and I appreciated the thoroughness the author takes in explaining the functioning and reaso

The beginning looked really, really interesting and I was very excited to continue reading. But somewhere along the way I got somewhat bored with it (V was right!). I'm sure the next book of the trilogy will be more interesting - I certainly hope it will be!

First published serially and then as a book in 1911, this early feminist utopian novel was an interesting and fun glimpse into what women thought a world of true equality could look like, and at the same time sadly a bit disheartening for me considering all the years that have past since (over 100)

This is the first book in a trilogy of feminist, utopian, fantasies. As were the others, it is a first person narrative, written from a male point of view—by a woman. John Robertson grows up in rural South Carolina. His mother dies shortly after his sister Ellen(Nellie) is born when he is just 7 ye

Oh boy. I loved Herland, and was surprised to find out that it was the middle of a trilogy. So I got Moving the Mountain, had pretty high hopes, and found that after giving it a 50 page effort I could not go on. A thinly veiled lecture, but interesting from the view of someone who wonders what a fem

A man previously lost to the world is found by his sister and tries to re-enters society. He had amnesia so he is not 55 in body, but 25 in mind. The book explores how the man accommodates to advances in industry and society, finding the change in the position and independent attitudes of women, har

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