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Biggest Modern Woman Of The World

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 340 pages
Published 1988 by pandora (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nov 24, 2008 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Jess by: Mom
Shelves: 100-in-a-year
What an incredible book. Susan Swan manages to construct a fictional biography (and occasional autobiography) for Anna Swan, a (real-life) Victorian giantess.

There are touches of magical realism all through the story, but every fantastic sequence is constructed in such a way as to make you believe in it (or want to believe it) just as much as you believe in the historical facts she's sprinkled throughout.

Swan (the author) has built a beautiful, tangible and complex world in this novel, so muc
This was a very bizarre book, indeed. It started off weird and wonderful and beautifully Victorian (much better Victorian writing style and story building than the vast majority of modern books meant to evoke the era), then ended up in this interminably boring, long, drawn out period of time which should have been more interesting (perhaps the most Victorian part of all?). I completely lost my desire to continue with it, and then eventually made a few starts at pushing through it. In the last th ...more
Crystal Allen
I am so glad this book doesn't have it's cover on hand. Seriously the ugliest book I have ever seen. One I would be embarrassed to be seen reading in public. I'm one who definitely judges a book by it's cover. Someone in my book club chose it though so we'll see. Perhaps I'll be glad that she didn't judge this book by it's cover.


Update: A Zero Star Book. The book was as bad as the cover. Only two people in my book club finished it. Very, very, weird book. A
Aliisa Percival
Strange but interesting. Read for a CanLit course.
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Journalist, feminist, novelist, activist, teacher, Susan Swan’s impact on the Canadian literary and political scene has been far-reaching. Susan Swan’s critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. Her new novel, The Western Light, shares a heroine with her international bestseller, The Wives of Bath (published September 2012).

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