Koharjones's Reviews > Mating

Mating by Norman Rush
Rate this book
Clear rating

U 50x66
's review
Aug 19, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: folks interested in "international development"

I fall on the love side for this book.
First, a confession: I read it after spending a semester in a West African nation studying that nebulous concept of "international development." Power, powerless, white black man woman city farmer, lack of water underlying all attempts at societal change.
This book expounds (propounds? sermonizes) on one man's vision of development, as viewed by an enamored woman, in a much more readable manner than the text book that was assigned to me that semester did. We get sex AND water storage. We get utopias--personal, societal--gone bad.
Yes, the book starts with a lecture.
But the story building utopia is compelling.
Yes, human nature makes things fall apart.
Sadly the book falls apart with it.
Nevertheless, an impressive feat for Norman Rush.
4 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Mating.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.