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Book Title: Chalcot Crescent|
Date of issue: March 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781848873063
The author of the book: Fay Weldon
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 393 KB
Read full description of the books Chalcot Crescent:Dystopia! Feminism! What more do I need!
No, really. What more do I need? Because this was missing something.
Parts of this book were incredibly awesome. The fact that it's an alternative universe version of the life of a sister Weldon never had is appealing to me, so appealing. Let's take that life that never was and make a story out of it. Let's set it in a time that's pretty much now, today, and recognizable in different ways, yet so different that we can't recognize it yet... but we can recognize that it's close to happening.
I think there's a glimmer of genius here.
This is the first book by Weldon that I've read which is sort of surprising in its own right because she is considered (like Margaret Atwood or Joyce Carol Oates) to be a "feminist writer". You think I'd have read all 29 of her books and had serious thoughts about all of them. But this is the first. I picked it because of the dystopian premise and also (yes) because of the beautiful blue, Europa Editions cover. I don't often go by the cover, but those Europa Editions (like the NYRB covers) turn me on in ways most books do not.
I'm fascinated by the storyline but in the end felt cold. Not in a dystopian-world-lends-itself-to-a-cold-feeling way, like one would hope. But in a I'm-not-sure-the-author-was-convinced-in-what-she-was-saying way. Which is a huge bummer. (Note: Here comes to really unfair part of my review...) When I read Atwood, there is an aloof feeling I get, like I can't quite reach the characters but yet I can relate to some of them in really surprising ways. I feel like Weldon was going for the same approach here - an antiseptic, cold bathroom floor tile, hard look at these characters. It just didn't quite reach the same level as Atwood's writings. See? Unfair. I know.
I'm not so disappointed that I refuse to read more by Weldon. I think she has something that I want or need when I read, but this particular book might just not have been the one, despite all signs pointing otherwise.
Read information about the authorFay Weldon CBE is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society.
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