Day 29/30: Speed Read “Herland” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – 146 Pages in 105 Minutes
This is day #29 of the One Book, One Day challenge. We’re going to speed read Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman at 500 words per minute (WPM) using AccelaReader.com.
About the Book:
Herland is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination. The story is told from the perspective of Vandyk “Van” Jennings, a student of sociology who, along with two friends (Terry O. Nicholson and Jeff Margrave), forms an expedition party to explore an area of uncharted land where it is rumored lives a society consisting entirely of women. The three friends do not entirely believe the rumors because they are unable to conceive how human reproduction could occur without males. The men speculate about what a society of women would be like, each guessing differently based on the stereotype of women which he holds most dear: Jeff regarding women as things to be served and protected; Terry viewing them as things to be conquered and won.
Here are the most common words in the book…
How Long To Read: 105 minutes (at 500 WPM)
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