- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Serpent's Tail (22 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846686423
- ISBN-13: 978-1846686429
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
King Kong Theory Paperback – 22 Jan 2009
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Despentes argues compellingly about women's guilt, men's power and the way that both are still abused three decades after the supposed triumph of feminism. (Katy Guest The Independent 2009-02-13)
A gloriously aggressive and fearless writer... (Lisa Hilton TLS 2009-04-10)
A manifestio ... part memoir, part political pamphlet, it is a furious condemnation of the "servility" of enforced femininity and was a bestseller in France - the title refers to her contention that she is "more King Kong than Kate Moss". (Elizabeth Day Observer 2009-01-18)
King Kong Theory is a free-ranging feminist manifesto ... her writing has an undeniable edge and urgency (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2009-02-08)
About the Author
Virginie Despentes was born in Paris in 1969, where she still lives. Her previous books include Les Jolie Choses, Teen Spirit and Bye Bye Blondie. She co-directed a screen adaptation of her controversial novel, Baise-Moi in 2002.
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Top Customer Reviews
Through discussing her rape, her dabbling in prostitution and the world of pornography, also taking in writing and co-directing Baise-Moi Despentes definitely has points to make altohugh some of these may not sit comfortably on everyones shoulders. What she has produced here is a book for both sexes to read and discuss, and perhaps if our politicians were to absorb its arguments things could improve. What can be said with this book though, whether you agree or disagree with Despentes you know exactly where she is coming from. Definitely a compulsive and thought provoking book that should be on your list of books to read.
This isn't a misery memoir and nor does it feel like a book written to shock and sell copies it does read as a true account of a rather notorious woman's life told with a bluntness and candour that you cant help admiring whilst occasionally wincing at. Its also isn't a book that is only for women to read, and in fact I would recommend a lot of men give this a go because of the openness of what's discussed. Despentes isn't a man hater despite all she has been through, she does look at how male dominated the world is.
It's hard to say too much more on this book because it's a short collection of 131 pages of essays and they really need to be read to be believed. If you're a fan of feminist works then you might find this quite a new, emotionally honest and distinctive voice filled with sadness, anger and courage. Its quite something and it's a book that will make you uncomfortable and yet change your thoughts about the world all in one and books like that make important reads.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived very quickly, but I thought it was quite expensive for the size of the book.Published 11 months ago by J Karlysheva
Full of really good ideas that make you think at angle. One of the few writers recently that has made me want to write and thank them for the book. Loved it.Published 21 months ago by Tim Orchard
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