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454 pages, Hardcover
First published April 3, 2018
The Actual Review
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Mmmmm.... it should have worked.
I think there are two kinds of feminists. The famous ones, and everyone else. Everyone else, all the people who just quietly go and do what they’re supposed to do, and don’t get a lot of credit for it, and don’t have someone out there every day telling them they’re doing an awesome job.
At the podium Faith said, "Whenever I give a talk at colleges I meet young women who say, 'I'm not a feminist, but...' By which they mean, 'I don't call myself a feminist, but I want equal pay, and I want to have equal relationships with men, and of course I want to have an equal right to sexual pleasure. I want to have a fair and good life. I don't want to be held back because I'm a woman.”Okay...I'm going to be real here.
While THE FEMALE PERSUASION alternates between the lives of four characters, the main focus is on a young adult, Greer about to graduate high school, her relationship with her boyfriend, lesbian best friend, unusual parents and an older woman who turns out to be her mentor.
For me, the best and most significant story belongs to Cory....how he handled shocking loss and took charge of a difficult situation for someone so young and in the prime of his life. (oh Slowy)
In contrast, for me Greer, ok....notably "uncomfortable in the world", searching for direction and purpose in life showed ambition as well as selfishness in the form of betrayal as she continued along the cure misogyny path.
Unfortunately, for me I became bored with her job, her connection to women's activist Faith Frank and whole women's rights movement....not that it's not important....its just old news that was (whew!) drawn out way beyond my allotted attention span for this novel.
Using books as an antidepressant though....that's a good one Greer!
Well defined characters, yes; and "The meaning and uses of power"....I get that, but the overdone subject matter....that turned THE FEMALE PERSUASION into a long, average ho-hum read for me.. Perhaps I'm missing some important message here?