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Paper Bodies by Margaret Cavendish
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from January 04 to 28, 2012

Definitely an interesting female author who, through her fantastical world, explores the controversies of religion, politics and science: how far should we as humans really go into science? What is considered safe exploration and experimentation and what is considered meddling? Does a technological advancement automatically get marked as a success, or is it in reality destructive, only benefiting those who possess it? Furthermore, the novel proposes an idea considered too bold for its time: a woman who not only takes part in intellectual, scientific activities meant strictly for men, but is also given the reigns - she is leader of an entire state. Cavendish's work, though rather farfetched with bear-men, worm-men, parrot-men, etc etc, is a well constructed commentary on the society of the Enlightenment Period.
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