Thoughts on Books: The Power, by Naomi Alderman
People who are made of stronger stuff than I might love to read The Power. Though Alderman’s raw storytelling will be appreciated by some readers, the novel’s harshness was a little painful for me. Still, I am glad I read the novel because Alderman’s extraordinarily skillful writing mixed with social insight about gender-based oppression got the synapses firing. Also, the speculative aspect of the story is an intriguing plus. The Power overflows with characters that the reader cares about in unique situations that intertwine to tell a story with a manifesto echoing in the background. As The Power screams empowerment for women, it hollers for equality and humanity for all genders and people. It’s a strong recommend from me if you have it in you—if you can read it in a book club to discuss the social concepts, even better. (this is NOT a YA novel)
June 22, 2020
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