The Golden Notebook Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Golden Notebook is a long, wonderful, complicated novel about a middle-aged writer named Anna. Her world is a confusing and emotionally intense world of lovers, leftist politics, and the dilemma of being what she calls a "free woman." After publishing a book that was commercially successful, but unworthy by Anna's standards, and being abandoned by a lover, Anna must try to salvage her identity as a woman and as a writer. Predictably, this causes a nervous breakdown.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   writer Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   midlife crisis Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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