The Female Man by Joanna Russ
I got fed up waiting for a special book to arrive (which should be here today) yesterday and began reading this instead
Its one of three books from the SF Masterworks collection of classic Science Fiction that i was uber kindly sent by Stevie over at Orion/Gollancz books. This was first published in 1975 and i just adore the old style, almost cheesy covers of all the books in this set.
Its about 4 different versions of the same women from 4 different/parallel universes sort of thingy. It makes for damn confusing reading at times, there are paragraphs of ‘stream of consciousness’ writing like Virginia Woolf which is really hard to get into the groove of.
I had about a million questions and I was only 23 pages in!
I dont think im the target audience this book is intended for and certainly with it having been published over 40 years ago it reads very old fashioned, but…
…having said all that I really did quite enjoy it! Yay!
The humour in it is wonderful, very tongue in cheek in places. Full of sarcasm and wit and with a very strong feminist message. I tabbed quite a few pages as you can see. I wanted to remember some of the classic lines.
I’m not sure it was the perfect SFF starting point for me but I cant wait to read some more of the wonderful Masterworks series.
Have you read this? what did you think?