**spoiler alert** I’m eager to see how people are going to review and discuss Hunger. I haven’t read Bad Feminist, or any of the essays published else**spoiler alert** I’m eager to see how people are going to review and discuss Hunger. I haven’t read Bad Feminist, or any of the essays published elsewhere that Gay mentions in the afterward, or much of anything except some of her Twitter feed. So I don’t know how many things will be revelations to others the way they were to me.
Update: having read more now, I see that the story of the attack by those boys when Gay was twelve is not revealed for the first time in this book. So, the fact that it happened it will not have the surprise effect for other readers that it had for me. The way she approaches it-- coming back to it periodically, with insights added gradually-- will not, I think, lose its power just because the facts are known. There's a point near the end of the book where I said out loud, "Oh no!" This is where Gay says she has phoned the ringleader of the attack, whom she had considered a friend up to that point, and heard his voice and known for sure that it was him and senses he may suspect it is her on the line. That moment was just searing to me. Has he become a good person? Gay wonders. At first it kind of shocked me that she would think in these terms, but on reflection I realized it is not out of place with the rest of the book. Gay has a great generosity in her writing generally, and she also expresses a lot of gratitude for people who have helped her and things that have gone her way. I think this is a powerful stance; it certainly appeals to me personally. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is what they mean when they talk about an addictive read. I really loved the characters and the story sustained itself wonderfu**spoiler alert** This is what they mean when they talk about an addictive read. I really loved the characters and the story sustained itself wonderfully from page to page. Great situation too, with the old ruined stately house and the childhood lovers. There were a few places where I felt the POV switches led to glitchiness: for instance, Louise suspects something and I think, “Wait a minute? Why is she only suspecting this now? The reader has known it for ages.” Of course, readers can know things ahead of characters but this wasn’t the kind of situation where it’s useful.
The ending? It’s a really cool idea. And the supernatural element doesn’t bother me in itself—I am a huge fan of Lisa Unger and some of her books incorporate a fair amount of woo-- but I feel as if it should have been more in evidence from the beginning of the story, for it to really work. I really liked it when the dream sequences started but it seemed awfully late in the book for such a big game-changer. Of course then, there would have had to be more misdirection within the dream sequences but that would be a piece of cake for this author. I wound up having a slightly disappointed feeling of “Oh crap that’s it?” with the ending. Like oh well, if it's supernatural now it could be pretty much anything. Also I sort of wish the ending, as it was, had been more OTT—happening within a dream sequence or something....more
**spoiler alert** I was in love with this book initially-- the eclipse motif; the nuanced treatment of the rape, the wonderful characters and the unex**spoiler alert** I was in love with this book initially-- the eclipse motif; the nuanced treatment of the rape, the wonderful characters and the unexpected way the title tied in. It really fell apart for me in the end though. There were some signs that might happen. Laura's anxiety about her "perjury" seemed kind of overblown: to the extent she made up or exaggerated testimony, it was obvious and pointed out at the time. That could so easily have been handled differently, I think, but then where was I when the page was blank? ...more