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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

Moving the Mountain is some early feminist literature, where Charlotte Perkins Gilman imagines a utopia, not far from her present day, one where the world changes in thirty years: "Moving the Mountain is a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia, a little one that can grow. It involves the mere awakeni

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

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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