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The Cloning of Joanna May

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A scintillating, exuberant, ruthlessly acute observer of her time, author Fay Weldon leaps into a future where individual identity is infinitely more elusive. In The Cloing of Joanna May, she has created an enthralling novel about male control and female power, and a new age of women for whom almost anything is possible.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Penguin Books (first published 1989)
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Jun 20, 2008 Petra X smokin' hot rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People needing a few hours light distraction
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This could be the next step on from Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives. The perfect woman. But this one has intelligence. Its a story of how she leaves her creator, her lover, and her adventures on her way to taking over the world. Its quite amusing to see the sex industry from the point of view of one who has no knowledge of morals. The end of the story is predictable, somewhat disappointing, but actually the only possible end.
Joanna Parsons, upper middle class w/o a care in the world, married Carl May, who started his life in a kennel. Based on his tragic childhood, Carl didn't want children. Joanna was okay with this until she wasn't; she had a hysterical pregnancy when she was 30. Carl found this to be the ultimate betrayal - her unconscious had rejected him. He therefore played a trick on time and on hysterical pregnancies - he and Dr. Holly practiced parthenogenesis - asexual reproduction. They took one of Joanna ...more
Kathleen Dixon
This is one of those books that everybody else has read but I just hadn't managed (everyone has lists of those, I know), so when I was walking along a shelf in the library and saw it looking at me I thought that "now is as good a time as ever" and borrowed it.

I'm just looking at the back of the book and there's a little quote from some reviewer (EXPRESS, it says), who says "An outrageously funny novel" and I'm having a real puzzling time about humour. I didn't for one moment find this book humor
Dan Purdue
I wrote a longer review, but got a message that Goodreads was over-capacity, and it vanished. Not a great start!

Essentially, I found this booked flawed. The characters were weak and annoying, particularly the female characters, the plot was slow, the science of cloning in the book was iffy. It didn't really convince me, but I read to the end to see how it would turn out. Not a book I'd recommend personally, but if you want a fairly light melodrama with a tiny bit of (dodgy) science thrown in, yo
Aley Martin
Meh. I thought it would be as good as She Devil, but I really plodded through it, wishing it would end. She had a great premise, it just was not as focused as I would have liked it to be.
Back cover sounded interesting, bit like "The third twin". But I gave up after 60 pages, didn't like the story up to there and especially not the style.
Kathy-ann Fletcher
It is funny in spots but can seem dreary at others. But the subject matter is definitely intriguing yet it ends in an unbelieveable manner.
I found this is an hostel in Vancouver all a bit creepy the thought of cloning and a bit depressing.
Sep 20, 2010 Bookguide rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feminists
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This was an odd book. I enjoyed the story, but it was somehow unfulfilling.
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Fay Weldon CBE is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society.
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