After fresh re-read, August 2010: I am very glad to have finally re-read this! It was fascinating for itself, and then also for comparing it now to my...moreAfter fresh re-read, August 2010: I am very glad to have finally re-read this! It was fascinating for itself, and then also for comparing it now to my memories of it and experiences of it when I'd read it before. Many aspects that had really bothered me before - much of the content set in asylums - didn't *bother* me as much this time. Not that I didn't respond to it as negative and all. But with the passage of time, I think we build up a sense of ourselves and our place in the world, and that structure gives comfort which I didn't yet possess back then, an accumulated vantage point. I think about that a lot in the process of being a mother, selecting shared experiences with my daughter based on an assessment of where she's at, etc.. Anyway, I was even more positively affected this time by her utopia - she weaves in so many things that are only just now becoming topics of conversation in the mainstream, many that haven't yet been as well. I was really curious in this reading to discover and identify her suggested answer, suggested path, suggested response to 'all that's going on', and, after finishing, I'm not sure I can exactly identify it. I'm not sure Marge actually provides that on a silver platter. At one point midway through, the utopia folks speak of rejecting the idea of revolution, and instead speaking to change happening slowly through the actions of individuals etc..; but at the end, the action she herself (Connie) takes isn't at all a useful example for me to follow. I had been thinking about connections between her work and Aquarian Conspiracy, I had - in the intervening years - added my own content to this work; in which the Utopia folks request that Connie engage in specific lifestyle-actions or intention-based actions that will (in and of themselves) result in their version of reality becoming stronger. But I really didn't find content like that exactly. In fact, I was a bit disappointed in that they clearly put a high priority on contacting her, they intimate to Connie that she's important, but it's never really clear: important in what way? Or perhaps it is clear, but I was so set on reading what I had imagined was written, I was distracted from the actual printed story. Because, from A.C. and other things, I've developed a personal belief that every action of ours strengthens 'a' future reality, and we constantly get to choose which reality we strengthen. I had hoped to read that clearly here, but couldn't find it. None the less, it was fascinating and delightful and nourishing and pleasurable for me.. Now that I am familiar with Proulx, I do find similarities between the two. The difference for me is that, while Piercy can be just as brutal, she does provide offsetting pleasure - Proulx (in my experience) really doesn't. I like that about Piercy. But I enjoy their searingly honest writing very much as well.
Original initial GR review: Loved it, read it long ago, still comes to mind regularly - as to the choices we make, and potential impacts. For instance. Initially read around Jan 1987 I think.(less)
Seems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourced...moreSeems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourced current novels..
And starts out engagingly interestingly!
I've wanted to get around to this for so long, am very excited! ---- Finished 2/26/10: This book deserves a really excellent review. Unfortunately, my time is overcommitted right now especially, and am going through a transition as well. Plus, I just want to re-read it instead of writing anything about it right now!
So, rather than doing any misc paragraphs right now, I think I'll start something in Word and see if it becomes anything good enough to include.
Until then, I'll just list some of my favorite aspects of this: Multiple points of view Day-to-day life details Intimacy details Self-identity construction insets in which a character's life is explored fully, fascinating lots of political content feels true India
If anyone (in the US) is thinking about 'living simply', this book is a great starting point. Middle-class in India can entail a very, very modest lifestyle by US standards. And a couple times in the book, a character feels bad about the luxury around them. Only, they're talking about a towel, or a mattress. This book is great for really getting a serious glimpse at how others - others who are just as real, just as whole, just as smart, just as good, etc.. etc.. - live with much, much less. My extensive clutter looks very different to me now.(less)
But unfortunately, in a way similar to Twin Peaks... much mystery, much darkness, much potential being alluded to---- then it ends with n...morepage turner..
But unfortunately, in a way similar to Twin Peaks... much mystery, much darkness, much potential being alluded to---- then it ends with nothing of substance actually truly revealed. Everything that maybe was this or that still is *maybe* this or that.. or maybe not. Blech.(less)
My daughter and I are fans of Miyazaki's films, and so have this book due to that. Now have stumbled upon the author due to GR reviews, so my reading...moreMy daughter and I are fans of Miyazaki's films, and so have this book due to that. Now have stumbled upon the author due to GR reviews, so my reading experience will be that much more complete. Excellent!(less)
Interesting idea, in one review, that an anchor (bad thing) is hope/optimism of the future. Kind of ties in with some resiliency theories a bit about...moreInteresting idea, in one review, that an anchor (bad thing) is hope/optimism of the future. Kind of ties in with some resiliency theories a bit about not overlaying our own scripts/paradigms over reality, but seeing it as it is. But still.. Not usually into fantasy, this sounds interesting though. We'll see.. Would be interesting to read her given her position in literature, and her 'Howl's Moving Castle,' the film of which we've seen.(less)
This was banned? For discussing menstruation? Oh dear lord. I wasn't that age when I first was aware of it, so never read it. But now I'll have to.
Aft...moreThis was banned? For discussing menstruation? Oh dear lord. I wasn't that age when I first was aware of it, so never read it. But now I'll have to.
After: Ok, I think I remember that I may have glanced at these Judy Blume books when I was that age, even then: too excessively self-indulgent a bit. Too 'there' for me. Now can read and just appreciate the content. As far as banning, I'd imagine atleast sometimes it was due to the religious content - a girl trying to explore her way through the Christian & Jewish heritages presented by her parents, both of whom have opted to be 'nothing' as far as religion. And how the grandparents are. But then, is also all the touchstones for girls in that 12-yr-old age group. Dated now a bit, but can see that it was good. The grandmother was my favorite.(less)
This one is a bit off-putting, everything is described so very vividly and usually negatively. Or, let's say, flippantly. And superficially. Sometimes...moreThis one is a bit off-putting, everything is described so very vividly and usually negatively. Or, let's say, flippantly. And superficially. Sometimes talking superficially about something can yield insight, like sifting through sand on a beach can yield bits of organic matter.. But that sifting process wasn't worth the jarring unpleasantness of writing style. Which was to my preferred writing style as a childish flipbook is to a well produced gorgeous coffee-table book rich with fascinating content and evocative photographs.