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The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
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Sep 06, 11


I first read this book when I was in high school and frankly, I neither understood it nor enjoyed it. Later, after reading most of Tepper's backlist in my twenties, I decided to revisit this novel and found it to be provocative and well thought out, if dated at that point. It is one of those, how shall I say, books written by women with the mindset of the feminist movement of the late seventies/eary eighties. So if you take it from that particular historical perspective, it's easier to swallow. ANYWAY, the book takes place "post-convulsion" - I always took this to mean post-apocalypse America after some sort of nuclear war wiped out most of civilization. Women rose up and took it upon themselves to recreate a peaceful society. The women live inside walled cities and perform medicine, grow food, create art, etc., and the men live outside the walls in a garrison where they prepare themselves for war. Ultimately this book winds up being about selective breeding the cost of peace, and the ambiguities and burden of power. I recommend this book highly (and advise to skip the weird Greek play that is broken up throughout the text).
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