I had wanted to escape my traveling childhood, yet I was traveling and making the discovery that ordinary people are smart, smart people are ordinary,I had wanted to escape my traveling childhood, yet I was traveling and making the discovery that ordinary people are smart, smart people are ordinary, decisions are best made by the people affected by them, and human beings have an almost infinite capacity for adapting to the expectations around us - which is both the good and the bad news.
What an incredible book. Gloria Steinem is a great writer with an amazing life full of interesting anecdotes. She talks about her childhood, her family, sexism, racism, reproductive rights and she recounts her conversations with many people she met while travelling. I regret that I didn't read this book with a pen in my hand, because now I can't remember all the things I loved about it. I am definitely going to read it again.
So far, I’ve also noticed that, if an audience is half women and half men, women worry about the reaction of the men around them. But in one that is two-thirds women and one-third men, women respond as they would on their own, and men hear women speaking honestly. When people of color are in the majority instead of the minority, audiences are often the best education that white listeners can have.
“Feminists too often believe,” she wrote, “that no one has ever experienced the kind of society that empowered women and made that empowerment the basis of rules and civilization. The price the feminist community must pay because it is not aware…is necessary confusion, division and much lost time.” Her conclusion was simple and mind-blowing: “The root of oppression is the loss of memory.”
It seems to me that, with Mumbai New York Scranton, I've read two books instead of one. The first is about the trip to India, and the second is everytIt seems to me that, with Mumbai New York Scranton, I've read two books instead of one. The first is about the trip to India, and the second is everything that happens after they come back. The book also has many black-and-white photos.
The writing style is different from anything I've read before. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it, but the word that comes to mind is 'calm'. No matter what she's describing, the narrator seems really calm about everything and sometimes emotionally detached. It took me some time to get used to her style and start properly enjoying the book.
The part about India has some interesting facts about that place, but that's pretty much all I liked about it. The story switches from one topic to the other very fast.
When they come back from their trip, the book becomes a lot more interesting. It turns to her family life and her medical problems (not as boring as it might sound in my review; in fact, it's the best part of the book). I expected it to be more emotional, but it all reads like: "That's what happened. I was okay with it."
The book was enjoyable to read. I plan on rereading it one day, because I have a feeling it's one of those that are better the second time. ...more
A very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real areA very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real are John and the Red Dog. I don’t remember the last time I read a book with an animal as the main character. The first three chapters were a bit slow, but then the dog’s adventures started and it became a lot more interesting. I loved reading about the people he met. Some of them couldn’t stand him at first, but, despite his flaws, he won them over. There are quite a few funny scenes and some really sad ones (the ending…)....more