Definitely another 'essential reading for the human race' with this masterpiece. Unbelievable. It encapsulates so much that is wrong with humanity, th...moreDefinitely another 'essential reading for the human race' with this masterpiece. Unbelievable. It encapsulates so much that is wrong with humanity, that holds us back.
The magistrate's journey on horse-back out into the deserts to find his mistress' people was perhaps THE most powerful part of the book for me. The fragility of the human race just screamed out. Nature WHOOPS humanity. There are larger and far more significant aspects to our time on earth than our pathetic claiming of land. Yet this has defined our history for thousands of years.
There is so much more to comment on this book as it addresses humanity from SO many angles, but the above paragraph is what immediately springs to mind.
I loved it. 'Love' is, as someone has said, an inappropriate word to describe it as the book makes you feel nausceous about being part of this often disgusting human race rather than want to jump for joy. But I felt so much love and understanding towards Coetzee and his mind through reading it. THANK YOU for writing this, Coetzee. I feel he teaches us more about ourselves than we could ever hope to individually figure out in our lifetimes.
Like a disturbed On The Road. It draws you in and makes you openminded about his relentless love, see it for what it is. I get that the aim isn't rea...more
Like a disturbed On The Road. It draws you in and makes you openminded about his relentless love, see it for what it is. I get that the aim isn't really to sympathise with Humbert Humbert, you're not supposed to be convinced that he's a good person, but I did shed a few tears toward the end. Amazing writing as well. Painted this vivid picture of cross-country America for me, one that'll stick. But gonna have to read it again in the future as there's so much to soak up.(less)
3* is an awkward rating to give as it implies simply 'average'. But that's most certainly what this book was. Average.
As others have already said, I...more3* is an awkward rating to give as it implies simply 'average'. But that's most certainly what this book was. Average.
As others have already said, I believe the title is totally misleading. The book is much more of an autobiography / comment on herself rather than a guide to modern-day feminism, which is what 'How To Be A Woman' implies. She did, nevertheless, make some wonderful thought-provoking points on feminism that I have brought away with me and will continue to reflect on, they were just unfortunately starkly overpowered by the description of her past.
I also found her writing a little misjudged and awkward to read in places, to the point that I just wanted to skim through rather than take in her writing skill with enjoyment. There were points where I found it really irritating but found that, towards the end, it slowly got much more readable and enjoyable.
Overall, an awkward book that doesn't really know what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to others but would definitely share some of the intelligent points she makes and I did become very fond of Caitlin Moran in the process of reading! So it's definitely not all bad. (less)