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The Book Of Mrs Noah

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 15th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1988)
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Lillerina
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.
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Dec 26, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
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.
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Nov 06, 2014 Tom Bennett rated it it was ok
Very well written, but didn't work for me. I persevered to the end, but really wasn't engaged enough to care about how the ending was brought together.
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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 ...more
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