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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0575131047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575131040
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Poignant and profound… I’m deeply moved’
Stephen Donaldson

‘Lively, thought-provoking… the plot is ingenious, packing a wallop of a surprise’
Ursula K. LeGuin

‘Shocking and entertaining… a wonderful fantasy which explores the role of the sexes’
Fear

‘It’s grand… one of the most involving, serious and deeply felt studies of the relations between the sexes that I have ever read’
Marion Zimmer Bradley

‘Tepper not only keeps us reading, she provokes a new look at the old issues’
Washington Post

‘Remember reading? Really reading, I mean – for knowledge, transformation, survival – that’s how I found myself reading Sheri S. Tepper’
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One of the great works of feminist SF, from the acclaimed author of Beauty and Grass.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Behan on 8 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed Grass recently and was keen to learn more about this author, who was new to me. I was a bit surprised to find that she is considered (and occasionally disparaged as) a feminist author; "Grass" has a likeable heroine and - I *suppose* - the villains are all paternalistic men, but for me that book took many more swipes at organised religion and social conservatism, even at women, than it did at men per se.

So "The Gate..." must surely be the incendiary work of feminist ideology that earned Tepper this reputation?

No, not really. In contrast to, say, The Female Man (a book that I found too complicated and whimsical to finish) this is not a thinly-veiled, 400-page dissertation on feminism. The format here is to contrast two wildly different and theoretical social systems - one an oppressive patriarchy, the other a contrived, but benign matriarchy - using the post-apocalypse genre in the same way that Ursula K Le Guin uses space colonies in The Dispossessed to compare unlikely political regimes. There isn't an overt agenda or moral here, just a good story that plays with lots of aspects of gender politics. Also, Women's Country is not a Utopia: it is first portrayed as pragmatic and dogmatic, and then slowly revealed to serve a purpose that is rather sinister.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By elainelawrence on 17 July 2003
Format: Paperback
having read the two previous reviews of The Gate to the
Womens Country, I have to wonder if I read the same book? The one I
read was exciting, thoughtful, inventive and offered interesting
insights into the traditional sociological roles of men and
women. Her characters are believably fallible, no stereo types
here! Sheri Tepper has a neat, quirky sense of humour, an eye
for absurities. This is a good read, hell it's a damm good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By House of the Haricots on 8 Aug 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book spellbinding. the plot is great, the premise is great, but the real draw is the working through of highly political feminist ideas in a very matter of fact way. shall give this book to my daughter as soon as she hits the strop years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec 1998
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In the big picture, this is the story of the struggles that a society headed by women face in a post-nuclear holocaust Earth. Inside the cities that have been established the women live; governing and working at their chosen trade. Seperated by the city walls are the garrisons, where Spartan type male warriors are taken from their mothers at the age of five to train in the ways of war. The contrasts between the two societies are great. The women continue to make scientific advances to try and recover what they lost before civilisation was destroyed while the men do war crave the power of past times and scheme to take over the cities from the women. There are also similarities between the two: they both feel the unfairness about the barriers surrounding them. In closer detail the book covers the life in particular of a a girl, Stavia. She suffers the removal of her brother at five, falls in love with a warrior and is eventually betrayed. There is much subterfuge throughout the book and many surprises. Sheri S Tepper Writes it well and creates a very melancholy atmosphere and although it does have the obligatory boy v girl element she shows both sides to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Chard on 26 Dec 2009
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I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it then, have just recently purchased a copy and am so glad i did, couldnt put it down once i had picked it up.

The story is about survival of the human race, thanks to the women and their selective(ish) breeding, organisational skills and ability to keep it all together, keep the cogs turning, providing all with food and clothes etc. Its not an anti men book, but the women are in reality in control and their select few men that come back to women's country......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 2002
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I've owned this book twice now, and twice carelessly leant it to other ppl and twice had it not returned. This must say something about it!
IMO this is a great book, thought provoking on one level, yet accessible and enjoyable as an SF novel as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I A Smyth on 7 Jan 2013
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Thoughtful subject matter with more depth than at first appears. A little didactic in tone and at times thin on characterization in places but a good read nonetheless
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Nov 2012
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I first read this book many years ago, borrowed it form the library. But now I have my own copy on my kindle. Love it.
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