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Book Title: Sex Wars|
The author of the book: Marge Piercy
ISBN 13: 9780749936280
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Date of issue: January 31st 2006
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Not as good as I expected. I would recommend this book to young women (16 & up) who maybe don't know a lot about women's history. It does make me want to know more about these women's lives. I imagine the truth is better than the fictionalization! There's a lot of explicit sexual content in the book. But even the sex was kind of dull! I found the characters, who were mostly real historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, & Victoria Woodhull, to be quite one-dimensional. The fictional part of the book, about a Polish immigrant woman, was interesting but not very believable. There's some unbelievably stilted dialogue & an odd tendency to link the physical characteristics of women like Anthony & Stanton, to their personality characteristics!
Here is my two-minute synopsis, with SPOILERS:
Susan B. Anthony: Elizabeth, you mustn't eat any more! You're enormous! We need you to be a famous women's rights campaigner & you can't do it if you're too big to walk!
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Oh, shut up & go talk to the younger women. (Aside.) Look how thin Susan is, obviously she isn't getting any sex. She'll never get a man & have children. She'll have to do all the travelling & speaking while I write the speeches. I like that Victoria woman, she looks like she's getting some sex.
Victoria Woodhull: I need to make lots of money to overcome my poor family. I can do it because I'm beautiful & smart & I can use this rich man over here to help. (Makes money.) Now I need to become a famous women's rights advocate.
All characters - (Speeches made. Newspapers published.)
Anthony Comstock: No, you prostitute! I arrest you! And by the way, no one should be having any sex except me!
Victoria: Oh no! (Loses money.) I'm so depressed!
Susan, Elizabeth: let's forget about Victoria & be friends again.
Victoria: I'm moving to England & getting married. (Leaves.)
Freydeh: I need to make money, find my sister, & have a nice house. I'll work hard, become a condom manufacturer, & take in a few street kids along the way. (Makes money.)
Anthony Comstock: No, you prostitute! I arrest you!
Freydeh: Oh no! (Loses money.) Oh well, no use being depressed. All I have to do is work twice as hard & find my sister.
(Some live. Some die.)
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Read information about the authorMarge Piercy (born March 31, 1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, a sweeping historical novel set during World War II.
Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a family deeply affected by the Great Depression. She was the first in her family to attend college, studying at the University of Michigan. Winning a Hopwood Award for Poetry and Fiction (1957) enabled her to finish college and spend some time in France, and her formal schooling ended with an M.A. from Northwestern University. Her first book of poems, Breaking Camp, was published in 1968.
An indifferent student in her early years, Piercy developed a love of books when she came down with rheumatic fever in her mid-childhood and could do little but read. "It taught me that there's a different world there, that there were all these horizons that were quite different from what I could see," she said in a 1984 interview.
As of 2013, she is author of seventeen volumes of poems, among them The Moon is Always Female (1980, considered a feminist classic) and The Art of Blessing the Day (1999), as well as fifteen novels, one play (The Last White Class, co-authored with her third and current husband Ira Wood), one collection of essays (Parti-colored Blocks for a Quilt), one non-fiction book, and one memoir.
Her novels and poetry often focus on feminist or social concerns, although her settings vary. While Body of Glass (published in the US as He, She and It) is a science fiction novel that won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, City of Darkness, City of Light is set during the French Revolution. Other of her novels, such as Summer People and The Longings of Women are set during the modern day. All of her books share a focus on women's lives.
Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) mixes a time travel story with issues of social justice, feminism, and the treatment of the mentally ill. This novel is considered a classic of utopian "speculative" science fiction as well as a feminist classic. William Gibson has credited Woman on the Edge of Time as the birthplace of Cyberpunk. Piercy tells this in an introduction to Body of Glass. Body of Glass (He, She and It) (1991) postulates an environmentally ruined world dominated by sprawling mega-cities and a futuristic version of the Internet, through which Piercy weaves elements of Jewish mysticism and the legend of the Golem, although a key story element is the main character's attempts to regain custody of her young son.
Many of Piercy's novels tell their stories from the viewpoints of multiple characters, often including a first-person voice among numerous third-person narratives. Her World War II historical novel, Gone To Soldiers (1987) follows the lives of nine major characters in the United States, Europe and Asia. The first-person account in Gone To Soldiers is the diary of French teenager Jacqueline Levy-Monot, who is also followed in a third-person account after her capture by the Nazis.
Piercy's poetry tends to be highly personal free verse and often addresses the same concern with feminist and social issues. Her work shows commitment to the dream of social change (what she might call, in Judaic terms, tikkun olam, or the repair of the world), rooted in story, the wheel of the Jewish year, and a range of landscapes and settings.
She lives in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband, Ira Wood.
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