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Five women One uestion What is a woman forIn this ferociously imaginative novel abortion is once again illegal in America in vitro fertilization is banned and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life liberty and property to every embryo In a small Oregon fishing town five very different women naviga. I guess we can probably expect of these weird feminist dystopias in the wake of The Handmaid s Tale s Hulu series Between this and the superhero movie turned superhero book trend you can pretty much predict the new book trends based on what s popular on the big and small screensHere Zumas imagines a United States where the Personhood Amendment gives rights to unborn embryos outlawing abortion and IVF because said embryos cannot give consent The Canadian government assist by erecting a figurative Pink Wall across the US Canadian border meaning that they will capture and return any woman suspected of crossing the border for an abortion or IVFIt sounded fascinating to me Given the political climate in the US and the fervor of pro life advocates it is not a particularly implausible scenario But unfortunately the amount of literary frills in Red Clocks made it almost impossible to enjoy maybe that isn t the right word but you know what I m saying It is such a painfully cerebral read and it feels to me like a book of this kind has the greatest impact when you are pulled deep into the lives and horrors of the characters not viewing them through a distant lens Red Clocks would be a horror story for many women including myself and yet I felt so emotionally distanced from the story and all four or you could say five perspectivesI have to assume the emotional distance is intentional Zumas refers to the four main characters as The Biographer Ro The Wife Susan The Daughter Mattie and The Mender Gin with the fifth perspective being that of fictional explorer Eiv r Minervudottir who The Biographer is writing a book aboutEach of the main four are dealing with womanhood issues that are threatened by the new laws Ro s perspective is easily the most palatable though we still have to sit through a vaginal exam that unfolds like this On a scale of one to ten with ten being the shrill funk of an elderly cheese and one being no odor at all how would he rank the smell of the biographer s vagina How does it compare with the other vaginas barreling through this exam room day in day out years of vaginas a crowd of vulvic ghosts Plenty of women don t shower beforehand or are battling a yeast or just happen naturally to stink in the nethers Kalbfleisch has sniffed some ripe tangs in his time Yum Ro is trying desperately to conceive before a new law is introduced banning single parent families Susan is something of a cliche depressed housewife struggling with the dissatisfaction of staying home Mattie is a teenager pregnant and unsure of what to do Gin provides herbal remedies for abortion amongst other things and is the modern day euivalent of a witch under the new amendmentZumas experiments with different styles that change as we jump from one character to another The narrative is fractured and messy definitely about experimental writing than telling a compelling andor important story I appreciate that this will be better suited to the kind of reader I am notOverall I felt the book was concept and writing than characters and narrative structure It really depends on what you re looking for but I would personally expect a book with this intriguing a premise to contain a strong emotional pull and of a plot Oh well I m sure similar novels will be on the wayBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Queering Paradigms Iv once again illegal in America in vitro fertilization is banned and the Personhood Amendment grants rights Principles Of Precision Engineering of life liberty and property to every embryo In a small Oregon fishing town five very different women naviga. 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Ing marriage Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn And Gin is the gifted forest dwelling homeopath or mender who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern day witch hunt. Bold topical and riveting From the very first pages I knew this book was special As a work of fiction it is really hard to describe The novel follows the perspectives of four different women plus a fifth historical perspective who are all loosely connected to one another Mainly we follow these women as they grapple with difficult choices they are faced with based on their gender or sexuality I went into this book thinking that it was set in a futuristic dystopian world but it wasn t It is very much present day but examines how very different our society could be if just one or two laws pertaining to female reproductive rights were changed think alternative herstory It was very raw Not shy at all about challenging societal conventions Zumas shows courage in bringing us this story Although I didn t uite understand the need for the historical perspective and may have preferred a cohesive narrative I am definitely a fan of her work Souvenir of doting parents and Twelfth Night Or What You Will one Einer Lgt Immer of Ro's best students who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn And Gin is the gifted forest dwelling homeopath Russian Roulette Kilted Desire 2 or mender who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put Alcohol What Dose The Bible Says on trial in a frenzied modern day witch hunt. Bold topical and riveting From the very first pages I knew this book was special As a work Really Professional Internet Person of four different women plus a fifth historical perspective who are all loosely connected to 24 one another Mainly we follow these women as they grapple with difficult choices they are faced with based Second Best on their gender England And Its Rulers or sexuality I went into this book thinking that it was set in a futuristic dystopian world but it wasn t It is very much present day but examines how very different Keurboslaan Se Struikrower Keurboslaan 11 our society could be if just Western State Terrorism one Defending The Resurrection or two laws pertaining to female reproductive rights were changed think alternative herstory It was very raw Not shy at all about challenging societal conventions Zumas shows courage in bringing us this story Although I didn t uite understand the need for the historical perspective and may have preferred a cohesive narrative I am definitely a fan Teaching By Design In Elementary Mathematics Grades 2 3 of her work

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Te these new barriers alongside age old uestions surrounding motherhood identity and freedomRo a single high school teacher is trying to have a baby on her own while also writing a biography of Eivør a little known 19th century female polar explorer Susan is a frustrated mother of two trapped in a crumbl. All sorts of things are all over the place I m supposed to decipher it Really Overall this didn t feel like a readable material At all DNF I don t want to torture myself with it any It s probably very forward and front looking and experimental and feminist and corresponds to a bunch of other buzz words still it s incomprehensible It s like a bunch of books got intermixed along with some other material probably including oversized to do lists random thoughts and all sorts of notes by different people I m sorry to say that I really wanted this book to amount to something than this It seems that labias vaginas uteruses and pubic hair have gone amock and created this Personally I prefer all those parts to be attatched to humans thinking ones with personalities to show along with the rest This is not the case hereI didn t like its disjointed style references to biographer as well as all the hype The emotional part felt a tad tedious Why clocks Why red Why that much stuff about some president elect Trump Go to France Why all the hype Oh gosh I m probably the most inattentive person in the world NOW I get what is depicted on the cover Ughhhhhh What for people Why do we need to see stylised female parts on a book cover There some deep motivation behind it Half the population have these parts Do men get to publish books with their parts on the cover just an afterthoughtSo I finished it and I m most disappointed I m not even starting on the parallels with Margaret Atwood which are present and real and have been left unadressed and unacknowledged that I m aware of The Handmaid s Tale is so much coherent and engaging and introducing the reader to the complications of a world gone horrible This one it s just a conceptual rant with no strong plot no cohesion a lot of moralising and political premise running amok I strongly dislike writers who try to monetise their political inclinations under the guise of writing a supposedly novel which has nothing novel about it and is a badly written rip off from a talented legendary writer and a bunch of political TV shows Why exactly are the readers subjected to this when Margaret Atwood is a wonderful writer in our universeTwo years ago the United States Congress ratified the Personhood Amendment which gives the constitutional right to life liberty and property to a fertilized egg at the moment of conception Abortion is now illegal in all fifty states Abortion providers can be charged with second degree murder abortion seekers with conspiracy to commit murder In vitro fertilization too is federally banned because the amendment outlaws the transfer of embryos from laboratory to uterus The embryos can t give their consent to be movedShe was just uietly teaching history when it happened Woke up one morning to a president elect she hadn t voted for This man thought women who miscarried should pay for funerals for the fetal tissue and thought a lab technician who accidentally dropped an embryo during in vitro transfer was guilty of manslaughter She had heard there was glee on the lawns of her father s Orlando retirement village Marching in the streets of Portland In Newville brackish calmShort of sex with some man she wouldn t otherwise want to have sex with Ovutran and lube glopped vaginal wands and Dr Kalbfleisch s golden fingers is the only biological route left Intrauterine insemination At her age not much better than a turkey basterShe was placed on the adoption wait list three years ago In her parent profile she earnestly and meticulously described her job her apartment her favorite books her parents her brother drug addiction omitted and the fierce beauty of Newville She uploaded a photograph that made her look friendly but responsible fun loving but stable easygoing but upper middle class The coral pink cardigan she bought to wear in this photo she later threw into the clothing donation bin outside the church Then the new president moved into the White HouseThe Personhood Amendment happenedOne of the ripples in its wake Public Law 116 72On January fifteenth in less than three months this law also known as Every Child Needs Two takes effect Its mission to restore dignity strength and prosperity to American families Unmarried persons will be legally prohibited from adopting children In addition to valid marriage licenses all adoptions will reuire approval through a federally regulated agency rendering private transactions criminal cSee below some of the parts that admittedly didn t make much sense Either come and deal with him yourself calls the wife or fuck off Her husband stomps in lifts the dustcover sets the needle on the record unleashes a bouncy guitarJohn goes uiet wetly heaving We are the dinosaurs marching marching We are the dinosaurs Whaddaya think of that The lesson he just learned says the wife is that if he screams long enough he ll get what he wants Well good It s a hard world We are the dinosaurs marching marching We are the dinosaurs We make the earth flat Could you take him for a walk says the wife It s raining says Didier His raincoat s on the banister He doesn t look like he wants to go for a walk Please do this one tiny thing she says I really don t feel like it I m never alone Well me neither I m with those trous du cul all day five days a week cHerd crumbs into palmSpray tableWipe down tableRinse cups and bowlsPut cups and bowls in dishwasherSoak uinoa in bowl of waterRinse and chop red bell peppersPut strips in fridgeRinse uinoa in sievePut clean uncooked uinoa in fridgePour water from uinoa soaking into pot of ficus treeSpray mist onto snake like arms of Medusa s head plantPull clothes out of dryer in basementFold clothesStack clothes in hamperLeave hamper at bottom of stairs to second floorWrite laundry detergent on list in walletPlip plip plip says the kitchen tapNobody on this hill even likes uinoa Plip plip plipAs if Ro s not having a kid or a book would make the wife s life any betterAs if the wife s having a job would make Ro s any worseThe rivalry is so shameful she can t look at itIt flickers and hangsIt waitsc Watch the fuck out yells the rider slowing and turning to look at the wife It s bad enough you chose to procreate on a dying planet Dick she calls after himAdmittedly she was not in the crosswalkAdmittedly she has added people to this steaming pile cIf this cycle fails she isn t having a biological childTo adopt from China your body mass index must be under 35 your annual household income over eighty thousand DollarsTo adopt from Russia your annual household income must be at least a hundred thousand DollarsTo adopt from the United States as of January 15 you must be marriedAre you married miss cThe last time she had sex was almost two years ago with Jupiter from meditation group Your cunt smells yummy he said extending the first syllable of yummy into a ghastly warble Wiped semen from the dark swirls of his belly hair and said You sure you re not getting attached Scout s honor said the biographer cShe finishes the pineappleSwallows the rest of the waterTells her ovaries For your patience for your eggs I thank youTells her uterus May you be happyHer blood May you be safeHer brain May you be free from suffering cIf she constructs a solid argument he ll be convincedBut then you d actually have to go to counseling with himWhich might workWhich would be the whole pointTo feel okay again Even goodTo stop her throat from hurting when Bex asks Do you and Daddy love each other To stop reading online articles about the maladaptive coping mechanisms of kids from broken homesTo stop brokenhomebrokenhomebrokenhome from reeling in her headTo stop staring at the guardrails c


10 thoughts on “Red Clocks

  1. says:

    I guess we can probably expect of these weird feminist? dystopias in the wake of The Handmaid's Tale's Hulu series Between this and the superhero movie turned superhero book trend you can pretty much predict the new book tre

  2. says:

    DNFed at 20% I just couldn't get into it

  3. says:

    Red Clocks can be described as a dystopian novel but it feels entirely contemporary Instead of creating a far off dystopian society Leni Zumas picks up on trends in our current political climate and thinks them through What are the conseuences of making abortion illegal in the US? How does a woman trying to have a baby on her own navigate a world in which in vitro fertilization is banned and only married couples are all

  4. says:

    Just wanted to recommend this book to people struggling with recent political events I pretty much ONLY feel like reading feminist dystopian fiction at this point but this is a rare example of a book in that genre that retains a sliver of ever elusive hope This book is also in comparison to other recent examples in the genre compellingly dow

  5. says:

    All sorts of things are all over the place I'm supposed to decipher it? Really? Overall this didn't feel like a readable material At all DNF I don't want to torture myself with it any It's probably very forward and front looking and experimental and feminist and corresponds to a bunch of other buzz words still it's incomprehensible It's li

  6. says:

    “Red Clocks” might sound like a dystopian novel but plenty of conservative politicians are plotting to make it a work

  7. says:

    I have mixed feelings about “Red Clocks”disturbing issues disturbing ‘choice’ vagina dialoguesyet all in the context of brilliance timely important My review reflects my thoughts and feelings which came

  8. says:

    Bold topical and riveting From the very first pages I knew this book was special As a work of fiction it is really hard to describe The novel follows the perspectives of four different women plus a fifth historical perspective who are all loosely connected to one another Mainly we follow these women as they grapple with difficult ch

  9. says:

    ”The sea does not ask permission or wait for instruction It doesn’t suffer from not knowing what on earth exactly it is meant to do Today its walls are high white lather torn crashing hard at the sea stacks ‘Angry sea’ people say but to the biographer the ascribing of human feeling to a body so inhumanly itself is wrong The water heaves up for reasons they don’t have names for” ”She was just uietly teaching history

  10. says:

    I could go on and on and on and on about this book but really the most important thing I can say is that this is now an all time favorite It is absolutely brilliant and I expect to see it not only on Best Books of the Year lists but also Best Books of the Decade It's that goodWe follow five different women whose

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