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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575094990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575094994
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Female Man is not only known as a science fiction classic but also as a work of immense significance to feminist literature' Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A landmark book in the fields of science fiction and feminism.

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Jael and Janet are from the future (but not our future), Jeannine is from the present (but of another past), and Joanna is from now (or, rather from 1970). They meet, interact and communicate: the plot as such doesn't exist. We are very much in the realm of 70s cutting-edge, modernist sci-fi.

This novel is a modern classic in at least two categories: it's a notable sci-fi title, and an important feminist novel. But most of all it's such a typical book from the 70s!

The style is what might be called innocently modern, with a mixture of stream of consciousness, straight first person and even third person narration. The transition between perspectives is very fuzzy, often times one doesn't know which exactly of the four alternative characters (Jael, Janet, Joanna and Jeannine) is talking/being narrated. It actually reminded me quite strongly of this other 70s cult title, The Dice Man, not because it's actually technically similar, but because it stems from the same spirit of the time.

Russ concentrates on the cultural and psychological side of male dominance: and occasionally, especially when sketching little scenes of a male-female dialogue, the satirical edge is brilliantly sharp and very funny.

Ideologically, it's interesting: firstly, because it's a historical account of feminist concerns at a particular time in a particular social grouping; and secondly, because it allows us to look from the perspective of almost 40 years (Russ's book was originally written in 1970) and try to judge to what extent the concerns are still valid.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2013
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This is a fractured novel, showing four points of view of women from different times, places and dimensions. Joanna Russ means to show how one woman is different depending on her environment.
One version lives on the planet Whileaway, where the men died off in a plague but biological sciences enabled women to share reproduction. The woman from this place comes - how we are not told - through dimensions to a version of Earth which we can recognise, where women feel status is conferred by having children and looking after their husbands. Whereas a high-achieving single woman with a PhD, many published books, sports and travels is regarded by them as a threat, perhaps from jealousy.
A wry observation is "Women have feelings. Men have egos."
Russ is making her point at the expense of a plot, because there is no real sequence of events to keep you reading, often just a randomly picked facet of one society or other, such as the lack of violent crime on Whileaway. This is telling not showing and I would have been more absorbed in the tale if we had a straight swop of habitats between two women, each to experience life as they didn't know it could be lived.

My personal favourite of Russ' works is the award winning short story, 'When It Changed,' her first visit to Whileaway. Unless you want to go down the militant feminist road, in my view you are just as well off to read that story and not worry about this book.
By the way, I'm a married female who is a tree surgeon and was an amateur national standard showjumper, with award-winning writing to my credit. I think it's better to go out and live the life you want to live rather than complain about what you can't do.
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This book is incredibly difficult to read. Unless you're immediately aware of the subtleties used to indicate the speaker at any given time, you'll find the narrative confusing and at times very off-putting. It's one of those books that make you feel stupid reading it and that saddens me a lot since it's such a great idea and storyline. The book has such a valuable message yet I imagine it loses the interest of a lot of readers through this narrative.

By the last chapter it was losing me but in the final few pages pulled my interest right back to see how the story would end.
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I adore this novel It was on my set texts for Utopias and Dystopias for my degree in Sociology. It features four different characters, one named Joanna like the author and consists of parallel universes that co -exist drawn from the principle that every decision made opens another portal to another world. Interesting stuff and a fascinating read. I read it ten years ago, so I'm enjoying remembering it as I re-read.
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Perhaps it's because I'm a thick-headed, linear, rude mechanical of a man, but I couldn't finish this book. This was not because I found it "too feminist" or anything - quite the opposite; that's what I wanted to read - but because the stream-of-consciousness narrative that flits between characters was intially very satisfying, often hilarious, but in the end, too confusing. In short, I largely enjoyed what I read, but became frustrated whenever I couldn't work out what was going on or who was talking in certain sections.

I realise that my failure to even finish the book somewhat undermines my qualifications as its reviewer, but I felt I needed to warn those who like me, often forget which character is which and spend a long time scrabbling back to earlier chapters of the more disjointed sci-fi novels trying to work out what's going on.
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