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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
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This is a tough read, relentless and visceral. Told from the perspectives of two of a number of women kidnapped and taken into the Australian bush where they are held captive and stripped of their humanity in a violent, misogynistic prison camp, the imagery of the story is as brutal as the plotline. It's a harsh, angry story about the ways women are villanised for their own victimhood, shamed for the existence of their sexuality (which inevitably causes them to be seen as the perpetrator of any assault or affair against them), and abandoned by society the moment they go for a moment against the image of the ideal woman. It's difficult to read about their degradation, but as they find ways to adapt and push back against their captivity it becomes surprisingly empowering as well, a look at determination and survival instinct written with a level of persistent, vivid detail that will ensure it stays with you for a long time.
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Reading Progress

March 14, 2019 – Shelved
March 14, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 17, 2019 – Started Reading
June 19, 2019 – Shelved as: female-author
June 19, 2019 – Shelved as: major-female-character
June 19, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed
June 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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