I’m so behind on my book reviews! This September 2017 post is coming to you from the wonders January 2018. My excuse is that I started my MA in English Literature and Creative Writing in September causing everything to take a back seat. But better late than never:
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb
“Language itself had lost its solidity; it had become thin, contingent, slippery; a viscid film on which he was sliding around”
It took me a long time to get into this book. I’m talking 100 pages before I was even slightly convinced. But I am glad I stuck it out. The last 100 or so pages were really good, it was just slow at the beginning. To be honest, I was a little disappointed just because I had high expectations but it was worth the read. I still haven’t decided whether I’ll be reading the other two books in the series. They’re not really a series but more all set in the same world/time etc.
Ultimately, the story (once I got into it) was pretty enticing and a very interesting dystopian concept. I’m always persuaded by this genre and Atwood is the Queen.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
I’m quite ashamed to say how long it took me to read this. But, what, a, book. The writing is just phenomenal. It’s an easy and short read too, making it likely I’ll dip in and out of it when I need a bit of comforting.
Sometimes, I’ve gone into classics like this with either skepticism or high expectations but The Great Gatsby proved exactly why it has a place on the shelf of literary masterpieces. All of the characters are knitted with complexity and it’s quite a breath of fresh air. I love books that don’t shy away from deep meaning and this is one not to be missed.
“My brain is hosting one of the first contests in what will be come a regular fixture: feminism vs the patriarchy”
I would consider myself quite the connoisseur of feminist non-fiction books, having been on a diet of them for many years now, but this is the first that has been written by a man. Obviously, this is an autobiography so it’s primary goal is to share the life of the author, but it still complements the plight of women’s equality.
I very much appreciated his candor and lack of defensiveness in the tone of his writing. Even men who consider themselves feminist can get defensive about the patriarchy because our culture has trained them to do just that. But this was a breath of fresh air. A particularly resonant part for me was his experiences related to his sexuality – being a bi man married to a woman.
Both my boyfriend and I listened to this book together on Audible, so I thought I’d add something from his perspective to this review too.
“I thought there were some really important points for every young boy to hear and while the biographical element took over a bit in some places (expected for an autobiography) it still gave me insights lots of various things, especially as a white, straight man. ”
So there you have it, September’s very, very, very, delayed reviews. Worth the wait right? Right?… Anywho, as always, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.
Happy reading. 💕📚