Southern Reach by Jeff VanderMeer - Book Series Review
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Reviewed by Jaylynn Korrell. A raw, fleshy understanding of womanhood. Told in three parts, Sarah Rose Etter spares no creative detail with this unique story. In The Book of X, Cassie is born with the same medical condition that plagues her mother and grandmother: a knot protruding from her stomach. Throughout her life she is met with disdain from her peers, a freak in their eyes. At home she is being sculpted into a housewife, a role that seems unlikely for her personality, and as she ages, we witness the mundanity that takes over with the auto-pilot button pushed on her life.
The story of Nina X's imprisonment, and her path to eventual freedom, is compelling and chilling and all too believable. This is a book that explores many of the same themes as its predecessor — the boundaries of the self, the clash between extremes of historical attempts at collectivism and the hyper-individualism of contemporary society, the legacy of the false idealism of the 60s and 70s. It does all of these, though, in a manner more convincing, moving and successful. She has the intellectual capacity of an adult, but the emotional experience and understanding of a child. For this reason we must regretfully discount this well-written tale
Because she may not be a woman overcome with lust, but an academic doing an experiment in modern sex research. This is just one of the quirky points covered in X and Why , a journey into gender science by the science editor of The Times. So whether you reckon trans…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in. Already a subscriber or registered access user?
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In the last century it was argued that men are from Mars and women are from Venus - but things have moved on a long way since then. In this timely new approach to the debate, Tom Whipple travels far and wide - from a Home Counties swingers' party to a gay penguin sanctuary in Germany - and draws on the latest studies in behavioural science as well as fascinating exploratio.,