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2009-06-28 07:51 am (UTC)
I was glad to a break between finishing my first read and discussion starting, because I found this a complex book to sort out my reactions to.
Some parts I loved fiercely - the party, the pink and blue books, Russ' anticipation to what will be said of the work (or possibly, reprinting of reactions to previous works of hers), the epilogue. Janet describing how she turned into a man. The things I recognised as my own experiences.
I was incredibly interested in Janet's world, and intrigued by Jael's hints as to what happened to create it. I was interested in Jeannine, and her story, and the Joanna character's subtle disdain of her. I was a little squicked by Janet's relationship with Laur.
I found Jael in turns compelling and repulsive. I had to read a lot of the Manland sections with a wince to the trans issues there.
So, on reflection, I loved this book. It confused me, made me cheer, made me grin fiercely (showing all my teeth), disturbed me, disappointed me, hurt me, made me laugh.
And I pretty much fail at objectivity!
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