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    The Natural Way of Things

    Another unsatisfactory ending from the world of literary fiction. A good read except the author leaves the reader with more questions than answers and that bugs me.
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    The Un-Natural Way of Things

    I had read the synopsis before purchasing the book, thinking that there would be some rays of light in the story. However I found the story depressing, and not what I was expecting. There were really no rays of light appearing in the story and it was mournful from start to finish. Maybe what would be expected in such a story but too much unwilling sex.
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    the Natural Way of things

    Strange book Still don't know why the girls were where they were and why
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    Utterly gripping

    While by no means could this ever be classed as a 'nice' book, the Natural Way of Things is most certainly a good book. A very good book. It examines the reduction and debasement that can occur when we, as humans, are taken out of our normal environment and placed into another, more sink or swim, type of a situation. Who do we become, when there is nothing left for us to do other than survive? Do we isolate ourselves or band together? And what happens when you change so much you can no longer remember who you ever were? For me, these were the core themes of this book, and Charlotte Wood handled them with finesse. This is a gritty, gripping, frightening novel, and I could not put it down. Not for the happy endings type of reader, but if you like your fiction with a sharp, no holds barred edge of reality, then this is a book you may be glad you picked up.
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    Couldn't put it down

    I cannot emphasise how important this book is. A dystopian story, it tells of a group of women who are being punished at a remote prison for having been involved in some sort of sex scandal or having been the victim of abuse. In all cases, the women are judged and the men are let off. Non-Australian readers might not understand that some of the women's stories are based on real events in the not-so-distant past. Amazing prose--Charlotte Woods writes beautifully. Not for readers who like tidy endings or who need to have everything spelled out.
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