The husband has been leaving the child for weeks at a time! Younger women today do not have the surrounding community of stay-at-home moms that my mother's generation had -- and the dream of just getting some sleep reflects the reality that working people are not as available for their families as they'd been in the past. A good read with much to think about. One person found this helpful. This was a great book, quick read.
It was so great I had to pass it along to a friend as soon as I was done. Great for anyone who has some understanding on what it is like to be a woman in love. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I am a product of being a teen in the early 70's, so much hope for all of us, but as we progressed into the 80's our independence and respect for our needs and wants were overtaken by the media referring to us a manly, non domestic, lesbians, unable to even understand any complex thoughts. I was so high on being a women with options in the 70's I got an engineering degree.
Talk about a "minority" fill job, they want you mainly to fill their diversity needs, not much chance of moving up too far and oh my! I was encouraged to just "stay home with my child".
You have to be a woman to understand I guess. I too am a Bitter Bitch! Sara, the protagonist narrator, takes us on an introspective journey into her current state of mind through her present observations and memories of her past. She has taken leave of her husband and toddler son and January in Stockholm to get away for a week and collect herself. In a very readable story, the author addresses many of our modern society's undiscussable realities: Throughout the story, she interweaves quotes from Erica Jong's Fear of Flying as a backdrop to Sara's reflection on how things have or haven't changed in over 30 years of feminism.
So many of her observations captured my thoughts and feelings about today's society and its expectations, especially of women. At times, I found myself laughing at the author's insightfulness about topics I wouldn't discuss with my best girlfriends for fear of offending them with my opinions. I'm afraid that what I've written doesn't do the book justice or serve it well, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes books a little deeper than the more common "Women's Fiction" pablum.
Bitter bitch; translated from Swedish to English, is written by Maria Sveland, a journalist and feminist about her experience of motherhood. Recently, a new mother myself, I read this book with great interest. Beautifully interspersed with poignant memoirs from her childhood, in which lie the foundation for her theme about the inherent challenge to female self-worth, Sveland starts her story when she escapes on a week-long holiday by herself leaving her husband and son behind.
But she is so brimming with rage and bitterness that at the start of the story, she agitates, alienates, even annoys with her aggression. Perhaps the clunky English from the translation does not help?
But then her intelligence and the brutally honest questions started to resonate, and I ended up wanting to recommend it to all my friends, male or female who have recently become parents. I have even re-read this book again. This novel is so different from anything I have ever read.
I wasn't sure I liked it, but I couldn't put it down either. It's an in your face take on this woman's life, love it or hate it. I am not sure it's even fair for me to rate this, I honestly couldn't get past the first 10 pages or so..
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I don't like her writing, she seems to delight in bandying the F word and other obscenities about I'm not offended by strong language but in her book it's filler.. Keeps referring to Erica Jong See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on September 7, Published on May 27, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway.
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And Isadora never gets a zipless fuck. Instead, she heads out into the hills with an impotent existentialist. It's one of the biggest plot flops in American fiction. There's a lot Sveland could have learnt from Jong, but hasn't. The whole novel imitates Jong's, and frequently quotes her, and Sara keeps comparing herself to Isadora. But Jong's flashbacks are carefully woven in and make some logical sense; Sveland's seem ramshackle and abrupt. She's no stylist, and the humour is embryonic. Like the Jane Austen enthusiasts who fail to see the wit in Austen, Sveland has failed to note the satire in Jong.
Jong spells out, to any would-be emulator, the painstaking way in which she herself learned to write: Sveland has ignored this advice. She employs Jong as a crutch, on which she limps along. Sveland is a Julie to Jong's Julia Child: Fear of Flying may not be well formed — boy, can Jong babble!
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