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The Cloning of Joanna May
The Cloning of Joanna May
by Fay Weldon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, but entertaining debate about the nature of the self and morality., 24 July 2010
Fay Weldon's books are always entertaining and insightful and The Cloning Of Joanna May is no exception. The novel focuses on it's protagonist; the beautiful and intelligent Joanna May and it's antagonist; the vengeful and bitter Carl May; Joanna's ex husband.

Set in the UK of The 1980s, the novel centers on the 60 year old Joanna who has had a materially privileged but restricted life, having been born at a time when opportunities for women were very limited. At the start of the novel, she is still in the process of recovering from her divorce from her husband Carl, a wealthy tycoon, owner of many business ventures including two large nuclear power stations.

Carl is a complex character, and despite his obvious terrible flaws has a vulnerable and pathetic (in the true sense of the word) side to his nature; which is compounded by the dreadful abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents during his childhood. Joanna struggles to reconcile her ambivalent feelings towards him.

Early in the novel we learn that Joanna- The "perfect' woman has somehow been cloned by scientists working for Carl resulting in four 30 year old women, who are all oblivious to the strange nature of their being and to each others existence. Unusually, despite their identical DNA, they have incredibly different lifestyles and levels of success, thus reflecting the nature/nurture issue which is a constant theme throughout the book.

There are many other issues raised; the role of women in society, the concept of identity, the morality of scientific advancement and the complexities of human relationships and family life are all dealt with.

However, despite it's complicated subtext, "The Cloning of Joanna May" is an exciting and entertaining read. The plot moves quickly and it's characters are believable and engaging. I enjoyed it immensely and definitely recommend it!

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