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Rubyfruit Jungle (Essential Penguin) [Paperback]

Rita Mae Brown
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22 Feb 2001 Essential Penguin
Born a bastard, Molly Bolt is adopted by a dirt-poor southern couple who want something better for their daughter. Molly plays doctor with the boys, beats up Leroy and loses her virginity to her girlfriend in sixth grade. As she grows to realize she's different, Molly decides not to apologize.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140299564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299564
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have, must-read, must-talk about... 17 July 2001
By A Customer
This is a fantastic piece; it's kind of an American "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" meets "The Catcher in the Rye". Set in the second half of the twentieth century, it's the tale of a young girl growing up in the South of the USA, and dreaming of moving away to the big city. The story is great, and it's brilliantly written - funny, moving, literate - I couldn't put it down. If you are a lesbian, read it immediately and memorise the best bits to cheer you up when you need it. Put it on your shelf next to something by Jeanette Winterson or Sarah Waters. If you are not, read it anyway. I promise you'll love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart and touching lesbian growing-up story 2 Dec 2001
By Neil Lewis VINE VOICE
One of the greatest stories about growing up gay ever written. Molly Bolt is the determined, wisecracking and sometimes outrageous heroine, an outcast who makes her move from small town USA and discovers the delights of city life.
I agree heartily with the reviewer from London, this is a book about lesbian life that anybody should love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 4 May 2000
In Educating Rita, Rita is so enraptured by this book that she changes her name from Susan to Rita. I can see why she did so. It is a voyage of self-discovery for Molly Bolt and she is thwarted at every turn. You laugh and cry with her. The injustices she faces are hard rendering and the novel is written so beautifully that you feel what Molly feels. It shows how backward and prejudiced people can be, and the scary thing is, views haven't changed that much. I couldn't put it down. It was brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Moral Turptitude' at it's best. 8 Jan 2001
By A Customer
A real woman's novel. Molly is strong petulant and at times down right obnoxious. She's got to be one of my favourite literary heroes. Fighting the social mistreatment of women in her own way, Molly experiences the 'Lesbian Scene' of the sixties and is accused of 'moral turptitude' (for this read lesbianism) because she dared to play men at their own game in the male dominated sixties. I don't think this about oppression or prejudice so much as freedom. Molly took hers when she had such potential to stay downtrodden and then she defended it because it was hers and no one else was going to have it. The prejudice isn't an issue, so much as a reflection of the times. I was inspired to read this because of Educating Rita. Any book that makes someone change their name is worth reading, and this book definitely is. It also quelled my curiousity about what The Ruby Fruit Jungle is....and I have to say that this is the only disappointing part of the whole book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Book 11 April 2000
I really loved this book. I read it quicker and enjoyed it more than any book I'd read in ages. I love the style that Ms. Brown wote it in. Whilst Molly uses people for her own advantage it doesn't come across that Molly is purposely using them although she is. I think the book was written to offend non lesbian people but as I read it I saw it was more written to shock if anything. It is set in the sixties when a woman was just a woman and still hadn't got the equal rights thing sorted. Molly did stuff that was ahead of her time and I admired her for that. The other characters in the book were strong likeable characters and not just there like they are in some books. I was a little disappointed with the ending of the book because although Molly realized her dream career she wasn't having her full potential recognised with her job as a secretary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 17 Nov 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I expected great things from this book and was sad to find it didn't deliver any of them. Molly was a strong heroine, but not unique and I didn't warm to her or feel that she was special in any way. If you want to see a brilliant rendering of the prejudice against black people and lesbians then read "The Colour Purple" by Alice Walker. As for the humour, I just felt that it missed the mark every time because there was no real empathy behind it.
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