From what Julie wrote in her review at Feministe, it takes an "us" versus "them" route, and is pretty basic. I'll give it a pass. I already know that...moreFrom what Julie wrote in her review at Feministe, it takes an "us" versus "them" route, and is pretty basic. I'll give it a pass. I already know that sex and gender exist on a continuum, and are not binary.(less)
"Maeve Binchy’s warmth and interest in other people included their families, but I can’t help but feel that her detaile...moreFrom an essay in the Telagraph
"Maeve Binchy’s warmth and interest in other people included their families, but I can’t help but feel that her detailed portraits of ordinary life might not have been so predicated on the relationships between men and women had she had a child. "
Oh, please. Nothing is perhaps more pointless than speculating on what a writer might have written if the writer had lived a completely different life. As a Binchy fan, I'm pissed that an author would publish such a shallow critique of another writer.
"No matter what your experience of adult love, there is nothing as strong as the bond between a mother and a child." That's just crap. Some mothers and children have a strong bond, some don't. Some fathers and children have a strong bond. Some don't. Trading in cliches does not endear me to your powers of observation, Craig.
"Binchy, whose first novel was about a 20-year friendship between two women, didn’t need the experience of motherhood to write about love and friendship in a way that charmed millions. But she might have dug deeper, charming less but enlightening more, had she done so. " Really, the one thing missing from the story of the friendship between to girls growing up and going to college is children? I suppose that's always bugged you about Spartacus, too.
I've no idea what Craig's novels are like. I had this one on my to-read list, but now I'm thinking that no one with such a narrow view of what constitutes humanity could possibly write a character I'd give a damn about.
My endless love to the commentator who accused Craig of "mommy-jacking" an obituary. That's a brilliant turn of phrase.(less)
Argues for an evolutionary basis for the notion of "beauty" but then tries to argue than the current cultural ideal is somehow natural. Yeah, througho...moreArgues for an evolutionary basis for the notion of "beauty" but then tries to argue than the current cultural ideal is somehow natural. Yeah, throughout humanity, blonde, young, skinny-waisted, big-boobed Barbie looks have been the epitome of health and fecundity? Give me a break.
The idea that evolution has encouraged us to seek out signals of health in partners? Sure. The idea that fair skin = health? Not buying it.(less)
"But this gross generalization that girls that go out to have fun and be noticed are somehow billions of times in...morePut off by the Book Smugglers review:
"But this gross generalization that girls that go out to have fun and be noticed are somehow billions of times inferior to their too-tough-to-look-pretty (but OF COURSE are effortlessly gorgeous *eyes rolling*) counterparts? "
"The meta is thus: the girls should know better. If they knew better, they would change their behaviour and would not be attacked. This is what I read. But this is not what I should be reading.
NEVER, EVER blame the victims. The blame always, always lies with the criminal (or predator).
And just like that I am done with the book. Because I can’t respect the characters who think like this, because I lost respect for their motivation for being hunters (it’s not about REALLY about protecting the girls is it? It is almost about proving a point) and if I can’t relate with their plight then the book is nothing to me."