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Alva Myrdal - A Daughter's Memoir Book Review Summary

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Alva Reimer Myrdal, "born on a farm near the provincial Swedish town of Ekilstuna was a girl who ached to study and read and travel but found all avenues blocked", because of her sex. How she overcame this first barrier and obtained an education is only one of the many challenges described in this loving biography by her daughter Sissela, one of three children born to Alva and Gunnar Myrdal.
Alva's marriage to Gunnar at first was realization of a dream, as she became his literary helpmate and sounding board while he wrote the Nobel prize winning study,"An American Dilemma", published in NY in 1944. Alva soon moved on to publishing two books of her own,"Nation and Family, in 1941,and Womens' Two Roles, in 1956. But it was for "The Game of Disarmament", published in '1976, that Alva herself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 at the age of eighty.
This report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Scandinavian Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Switzerland    -   Scandinavia City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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