Two stars because of the rather annoying writing style. The book covers an interesting topic and I agree with the author in many points, but his styleTwo stars because of the rather annoying writing style. The book covers an interesting topic and I agree with the author in many points, but his style of writing is much too redundant and popular scientific for me to enjoy reading it. Frances repeats the same arguements over and over again and often makes use of metaphors and similes that are just too simple and colloquial. My guess is that he - and so many other authors of non-fiction - do so in order to not scare off an audience that isn't used to reading scientific/academic texts. But with the lack of complexity, a deeper examination of other pro and contra voices and their discussion and inclusion into the text comes a lack of interestingness....more
Generally, I didn't really enjoy reading this book, because I dislike the style of writing even when I take the genre and epoche into consideration. IGenerally, I didn't really enjoy reading this book, because I dislike the style of writing even when I take the genre and epoche into consideration. In large parts, I found Jacob's narration redundant. Also, I don't like that the readers have no chance to receive an impression of her character as well as the characters of everyone around her (friend or foe)through their own reading experience. Jacobs doesn't get tired of commenting nearly every single action of the people around her by either praise or condemnation. I don't like this kind of dictation and disclosure.
However, of course I can't deny the historical value of Jacob's narrative. Although I didn't really gain any new significant insight into slavery in the US, it is worth reading about this topic from someone who has herself been part of this cruel institution. This ( and because on the reading list for one of my classes) is the reason why I wanted to finish the book despite my disapproving of Jacob's style....more
At first the booked seemed very promising. I enjoyed Clavel's portrayal of the protagonist, Antonia, who wakes up one morning and finds herself transfAt first the booked seemed very promising. I enjoyed Clavel's portrayal of the protagonist, Antonia, who wakes up one morning and finds herself transformed into a man. Without much ado Anton(ia) starts adjusting her behaviour to her now male appearance.
I found this refrain from a major personal crisis very refreshing. It was interesting to follow Anton's confrontation with society's gender traditions when (s)he is no longer able to clearly identify with either male- or femaleness.The reader experiences the significance of the traditional division of our environment into female and male domains, however subtle they may be in everyday life. I very much enjoyed getting an insight into such issues and my horizon was broadened quite a bit. Another plus of SHIPWRECKED BODY is the integration of art, especially photographs.
Anyway, when I've read about half of the book I felt like there's a lack of an actually progressing plot line. It seemed like the art the characters are engaging themselves with became more interesting to explore for the author than the characters themselves. Even though the artsy bit bears fascinating aspects, it can't compensate the loss of character development, which is why, finally, I was fairly disappointed by the book....more