My usual before errands breakfast 🥑🍞☕️& checking to see if this library e-book is for me. I had it on hold & it finally came in but it has plenty mixed reviews & I have plenty more books waiting in line. 📚📚📚😬📚📚Off to run my Saturday errands & then hopefully a nap & some reading later. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.☀️
Billed as “feminist revenge fantasy.” Nope. 3 sisters are raised in seclusion by their sadistic parents and taught to fear men. There‘s some sort of dystopian patriarchal state of the world plus actual toxins (??) but we never learn anything about either - or if they are even real. Also the girls are taught that feelings are toxic, as is love. Dad disappears and three males show up on the island. Chaos ensues. The writing is lovely but meh.
A dark story detailing the life of 3 sisters who lived with their parents away from other people, particularly men and have no experience to draw upon when 2 men and 1 boy arrive one day. I found this to be an uncomfortable read involving abuse of children and women, a story which kept popping into my head for a few days after I finished.
Another casualty of the “feminist dystopian” publishing/marketing trend. It‘s about 3 girls living on an island with their parents, following a dystopian/pollution/men-related catastrophe?? Though supposed to be about men abusing women, the abuse is alluded to but never shown/explained. In fact, the Mother is the most abusive/unredeemable character in this unresolved narrative with numerous loose ends & threads.
Guys I need your help with this one. I just got to part two and I'm not positive I want to keep going. If you've read this can you give me your opinion? Does it get any better? Should I just call it and DNF?
Update: DNF'ing.. just can't get into it!
Midday bath on a Thursday? Yes, please. 🛀🏽☕
So I stopped at the library today on a whim because I OBVIOUSLY don't own enough unread books to keep myself occupied (sarcasm) and decided to check out a few. Here's what I picked up!
This was a bit of a slow, languid read. The tone matched the seaside setting but it had undercurrents of simmering rage beneath. Three sisters live isolated on an island with their Mother and King, their father. They are told to fear men & undergo various “therapies” which are really exercises in sadomasochism. Until one day King disappears & three men wash ashore. Everything they‘ve been taught is thrown into question & sibling rivalry erupts.
#AnglophileApril #TheCure 🎸🎵You know that feeling when a book blurb promises you one thing and then you read the novel and think WTF??? That is NOT what I expected. Well this book, was that situation. Three sisters live on an isolated island with their mother and father ( the ONLY man they‘ve ever known). They‘ve been taught boys/men are dangerous. Then their dad disappears and 3 men appear on their island. What‘s a girl to do?? #BoysDontCry
It took me a while to appreciate this nightmarish #audiobook, told in shifting POV, including choral narration. A couple have raised their 3 daughters in cultish seclusion (from a world poisoned by pollution & the patriarchy) with a sadistic regimen of physical & psychological exercises. It‘s a tale of sisterhood that raises the question: are women in society solely responsible for their own safety? Lyrical language & thought-provoking content.
Part of what made the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings.
I invite the confessionals of men. I am not a stranger to them. Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of women.
I have mixed feelings about this one.
Three sisters and their mother and father live in an old secluded hotel, seemingly hiding from a dystopian world. But women sometimes arrive, looking for therapy to recover from the wrongs done to them by men.
I think the writing style kept me distant from the characters.
The kitten pictured has moved in under my porch. I‘m trying to find her owners before I try to find her a new home. She‘s sweet.
Am I trying to jam a book club book into a week? Yup sure am. The writing in this one is very choppy. It's almost uncomfortable to read for me - but hopefully I will get used to it. That's the point of book clubs right? To get you to read books you normally wouldn't? #procrastinationstation #bookclubpick #booksandcoffee #muglove
I just... hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like parts of it, but the entire novel I vacillated between intrigue and boredom. During those moments of piqued interest, I would think maybe this is when I‘ll really get drawn into the story. But unfortunately, I never really did.
This is an odd, atmospheric dystopian novel. Lia and her sisters have been raised isolated on an island. Their parents have told them that the world hurts women and that the land itself is toxic. They protect themselves with constant tests and appeasements. Then their father disappears and two men and a boy appear on their shore.
Since the reader knows only what Lia does, much remains unexplained about the world this book is set in.
Had a rough day so went to @strandbookstore and went a lil crazy. In my defense, my state refund came in today and all except The Changeling are used. Amber Tamblyn‘s book is even signed! Also got some swap gifts! #bookhaul
Gorgeous, immersive novel. Mackintosh builds a world of women (1 mother, 3 daughters), ruled by one man, King. They live an isolated island life with a barrier of toxicity and fear of the evil of men. The narrative alternates between the unified voice of the girls, Lia's perspective, and Grace's POV. The girls seem to be of one mind until their lives start changing when King disappears and men arrive on the island. Fascinating, surreal novel.
Had an amazing #audiowalk with the Little Dude and my dister (dog sister), Lucy, this morning. Almost four miles! This book kept me going much longer than I‘d planned — I am enjoying the style it‘s written in and the disparate voices telling it.
#dystopian #audiobook #florida #vacationstack
Well what the hell did I just read? I usually love dystopian novels but This book was so vague. It was such hard work. I kept reading always hoping that all the questions would be answered, but when I got to the end I still had no answers. I still don‘t know if the world outside was full of real dangers or if it was all fabricated in their heads! I wish I had read it with other smarter people to explain it to me!
“If we were to spit at them they would spit back harder. We expected that-we we‘re prepared for it even. What we didn‘t expect was their growing outrage that we even dared to have moisture in our mouths. Then outrage that we had mouths at all. They would have liked us all dead, I know that now.”
I blew through this book in a day - it was so lovely yet dark and such a great read! Its description as a feminist dystopian novel is appropriate. A family of 3 sisters, mother, and a father (who has recently disappeared) live on an island isolated/quarantined from a larger disaster that has afflicted the mainland. When 3 men show up on the island, it changes the sisters‘ relationships to what they had previously known.
I read this for book club and it was not at all what I expected. Rather than a dystopia on a societal level, The Water Cure was the story of family dysfunction and madness on a mythical level. Three sisters live on an island, their only knowledge of the outside world derived from the brutal and cult-like lessons their parents inflict upon them, and make them inflict on one another. Should make for an interesting discussion, but it left me queasy.
Mackintosh‘s writing is hypnotic and introspective. She evocatively paints the psychological effects of isolation and abuse disguised as love and culture, and the complex relationships between the sisters who must endure life on the isolated island their parents brought them to for safety. 3.5/5 📖 #bookswithbohemianyogini