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3.0 out of 5 stars If you want a bag of facts, then you've come to the right place, 10 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Gender Trouble (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Reading this book was like riding a train through Siberia. Now, I have never traveled transsiberian railway, but I can imagine what it looks like and I think you can just as easily imagine it yourself. Imagine that you are looking through the window and all you see is trees, trees, snow, trees, snow, trees, a little house in the middle of nowhere, trees, trees.

Then you wander how many more miles you have left to cover and when someone asks you what the trip was like after the train stops you look at the person and say: Well, I've seen trees, trees, trees..

Reading this book has been a very similar experience - it's facts, facts, a question, facts, another question, facts, a lonely thought, facts, facts.. No conclusions whatsoever. After a while you begin to wander: What is the author trying to say? What is the purpose of this book?

It is possible that I simply have not been able to grasp the implicit purpose because I have not been thoroughly studying feminism. Though I still would love to know exactly what the author herself stands for and what she wants to achieve in her area of study.

Why doesn't she express any personal opinions? Why doesn't she tie all the facts together into conclusions? Why doesn't she say: "Here is what I think" and then tell us what she stands for. I think gender and homosexuality is indeed an area of debate and if the author is so reluctant to express her own opinions it leads me to believe that she spends most of her time digging facts instead of coming up with solutions and that she is doing it without truly putting her soul into it.

Then again, that's just my opinion..
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2009 21:30:23 GMT
ICCM says:
It seems to me you don't understand the purpose of academic writer. If you want opinions, you go to familiar essays or personal memoirs, my friend.

Posted on 18 May 2009 17:47:25 BDT
Chris Hall says:
Judging from this and your other reviews of self-help books and the like, it's pretty obvious that you are a person that likes answers while the point of writing of this nature is not to give answers, but to reveal what is going on. Unfortunately there just are no answers.
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