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Apr 10, 2013 Lillerina rated it really liked it
This book treads similar ground to The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter, which I read for the same class. It's about gender and reappropriation of masculine myths, but in a much more reparative (h/t Kosofsky Sedgwick) way. Where New Eve was about the destruction of self and integrity through forced gender roles, Mrs Noah is about affirming woman's ability and entitlement to produce and reproduce art. I found the Sybils fascinating. This is definitely a book I can't wait to reread.
I've never read anything like this before. Roberts reclaims the ark as a feminist space, relegating Noah to the edges of the text and placing his wife in the centre. She fills her ark with other women and their stories, which range across historical periods and places, from rewriting biblical tales to imagining new dystopias. This text is like an experiment in mixing forms, and I think it works. I also think it's probably a book which benefits from being re-read.
Michèle Brigitte Roberts is the author of fifteen novels, including Ignorance which was nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction and Daughters of the House which won the W.H. Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in June 2007. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud: Stori ...moreMore about Michèle Roberts...