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The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
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it was amazing
bookshelves: canadian, feminist, campus-novel

A campus novel of torn allegiances, mythologies and rape culture.

Sophomore Karen moves in with battlethirsty feminist enclave Raghurst, while dating a member of Raghurst’s sworn enemy fraternity Gamma Beta Chi (aka Gang Bang Central). With a foot in each camp, Karen is never completely accepted by either. Instead, she views events through her photographer’s lens. What she sees she finds excuses for.

The women of Raghurst idolise their Women and Myth tutor Dr Sylvia Esterhazy. As Karen explores how myth shapes reality, she is drawn to the story of Helen of Troy, the archetype of a woman surviving in a patriarchal world.

Henstra’s characters are complex and flawed. Her elegant writing incorporates elements of Greek myth and Homeric language: Bruce Comfort, the GBC poster boy, is described as heavengoing and goldbright.

Disturbing and stunning in equal measure.

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Reading Progress

August 22, 2019 – Started Reading
August 22, 2019 – Shelved
August 22, 2019 – Shelved as: canadian
August 22, 2019 – Shelved as: feminist
August 22, 2019 – Shelved as: campus-novel
August 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

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