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Ten Women Who Shook The World [Hardcover]

Sylvia Brownrigg
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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12 Jun 1997
Across a series of vivid, untamed landscapes Sylvia Brownrigg's maverick women travellers wander in search of the obvious - love, fame, a good recipe for canapes - as well as the less obvious.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (12 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575064900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575064904
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,970,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format:Paperback
Brownrig gives us ten short stories in TWWSTW although, unlike the title suggests, she doesn't fill it with writing on strong, influential women but predominantly ordinary and quite dull ones. Added to this is surrealism that doesn't really add to anything- in one story (The Bird Chick) a woman makes birds perform a play and that's it, that's the story. Any meaning to be found in Brownrig's writing would need a toothcomb to find and her story lines are mostly just tiresome.
Some good moments are hidden amongst reams of nonsensical strangeness- Brownrig lets herself down by not creating any sympathetic characters or approachable story lines. A potentially good writer has got lost in writing a "style" piece, which is very difficult for readers to occupy themselves with.
TWWSTW is a disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has not read and enjoyed Brownrig's writing before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!! 29 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
WOW. This book rocks. It is an anthology of 10 stroeis in different settings about female bonding. I've read Sylvia Brownrigg's "Metaphysical" Touch and "Pages for You" and they just get better and better. A must read for all. A girl friend has asked to borrow it cos she says it sounds great from what I've told him and will probably buy it herself. Brownrigg's books just get better and better.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh visions, cosmic comics, good stuff! 13 July 2000
By Molly Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love this book.
The ten stories are fresh, comic, poignant--fun and funny and thoughtful. The writing is tremendous: Brownrigg's use of language is cool and assured even as she paints seemingly outrageous pictures.
Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Women Who Shook the World 27 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This collection of stories whirls about with the freshness, care and texture of a full-blown parade. The pace of the narratives, the keen eye and lucent quality of the writing made this a one sitting book. I want to know ten dozen more of these women, their friends and lovers, and I want to walk some more in the fine places where they live. I haven't enjoyed a book of stories this much since the last collection of Raymond Carver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars she has a way with language 18 Feb 2003
By "janevaningen" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed "Pages for You," so I was eager to read more of Brownrigg's work. This is a quiet, unassuming collection of short stories about women who do unusual and strange things. The things these women frequently do--such as chase after buses and disperse advice by shouting from a giant, red chair--are abstract and metaphorical, but always real. Even women who have tangible problems such as wanting to lose ten pounds take unusual measures. And Brownrigg makes it all work with her rich, playful language.
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