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  • The Power

    In my opinion, The Power is a great lesson about gender insignificance in comparison with power supremacy as well as a magnific insight into women's perception of gender inequality consequences, always maintaing an impartial point of view. What I most appreciate is that the book doesn't focus on defending gender equality, it's more about making a statement about the origin of any social injustice and, what's worse (an this is my personal contribution), how blind we are. PS. my apologises for any grammar/spelling mistake as I'm not a native speaker.

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  • Power curupts

    I didn't like the torture and violence portrayed in the book. I think the author aims to make a statement about how violence against women as an expression of masculine power and a mechanism for women's subordination which is laudable. However I'm not sure if the people who need to understand these points will read the book. I saw many years ago a Danish film 'Take it like a man, mam' which made the same points but without the use of sadistic violence and was more convincing.

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  • Makes you rethink all you know about men and women

    Like everyone else who's read this, I have mixed feelings about this book. A lot of people have gone into their issues with the content, but when writing book reviews I like to focus on how the reading experience made me feel. And in this book's case, what I felt was <i> powerful, thrilled, exasperated, confused, triumphant, resigned, disappointed, hopeful <i>. I can't deny that when the young girls first started to discover they had The Power, and used it on the men that abused them, I felt triumphant. Imagine a world where millions of girls around the world can break free of the physical, emotional, financial shackles that men have made them wear. I was quite intrigued by the joy I felt in the violence, and this emotional roller coaster is one reason why every woman (and actually, every man) should read this book. The end of the book is a bit all over the place, and there are then situations where there is an abuse of this power. However, the subject matter itself is very thought provoking, and makes you question rape culture, glass ceilings, sex as a commodity, vulnerability, basically every male-female nuance that exists. There are also a few clever quips in there regarding "asking for it", attractive TV presenters and the descriptions of relics, to name a few. Alderman is a great writer, and can keep you engaged. However, this book is only a 4 out of 5 for me because I felt the plot got a bit lost in the second half. Despite that small issue, this is still definitely a book I would recommend everyone to read --- particularly for the post-read discussions you can have around the table!

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  • Grrrr!

    Disappointing. Very disappointing. What started out as a excellent and intruiging idea just.........well, you'll have to read it to the very end.

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  • Excellent and intriguing story

    An very well written and well plotted future history story that, much in the spirit of Margaret Attwood, takes an intriguing premise and raises interesting moral and philosophical questions. Highly recommended.

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