➸ Woman on the Edge of Time Free ➮ Author Marge Piercy – Anguillais.us

Woman on the Edge of TimeHailed As A Classic Of Speculative Science Fiction, Marge Piercy S Landmark Novel Is A Transformative Vision Of Two Futures Harrowing And Prescient, Woman On The Edge Of Time Will Speak To A New Generation On Whom These Choices Weigh Heavily Than Ever Before.After Being Unjustly Committed To A Mental Institution, Connie Ramos Is Contacted By An Envoy From The Year 2137, Who Shows Her A Utopian Future Of Sexual And Racial Equality And Environmental Harmony.But Connie Also Bears Witness To Another Potential Outcome A Dystopian Society Of Grotesque Exploitation One Will Become Our World And Connie Herself May Strike The Decisive BlowThe Classic Feminist Science Fiction Novel Reissued On Its 40th Anniversary With A New Introduction By The Author Harrowing And Prescient And Often Compared To The Handmaid S TaleWoman On The Edge Of Time Will Speak To A New Generation Of Readers.

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    It s interesting how the lens of three decades of life experience can sharpen the focus of certain stories and even parts of stories When I first read Woman on the Edge of Time not long after it was published 1976 , I was barely into my 20s and already a reliable cog in the corporate machine At that time, I enjoyed Marge Piercy s story of a 37 year old Chicana woman in New York whose already complicated life takes a twist for the bizarre when she begins to communicate with an ambassador from the year 2137, but I found little to identify with personally beyond the yearning for a egalitarian, utopian world I read the book again when I was around the age of the main character, Consuela Ramos, and found considerably to love and ponder I had naively thought when I first read the book in the late 70s that sexism, racism, and ethnocentrism were on the wane outmoded concepts that were slowly but undeniably going the way of other counterproductive human behaviors like burning witches at the stake or equating nonconformity with insanity Silly me The 80s and 90s taught me otherwise, so that by the time I dipped into Woman in the late 90s, I realized how prescient some of Piercy s observations were And when I reread the book yet again rece...


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    Disclaimer The fact that I have to throw another time travel novel into my abandoned book locker may prompt me to be even harsh in my comments than I should I want to travel back in time to stop Marge Piercy from publishing this novel There would be plenty of enjoyable things to see and do in 1976 New York experience the Bicentennial celebrations, watch the Cincinnati Reds sweep the Yankees in the World Series, check out Blondie perform at CBGB but erasing this novel from history would be my duty Woman on the Edge of Time is the adventure of Connie Ramos, an unemployed widow who lives in a tenement somewhere in the Lower East Side Connie is visited by her pregnant niece, who s been beaten by the pimp whose child she s carrying The pimp breaks into Connie s apartment with a back alley doctor to finish the job When Connie breaks the pimp s nose with a bottle, she s beaten unconscious.The pimp carts Connie off to Bellevue, where she s been interned once before after spiraling into alcoholic malaise over the death of her second husband and breaking her daughter s arm Administered Thorazine and carted before uncaring social workers, Connie is unable to get anyone in the system to listen to her If things weren t bad enough, Connie may be receiving visits by a traveler from the year 2137.I m sticking pins in this novel all over again just summarizing the oppressively downtrodden and plodding story That s not entirely Piercy s fault I was just in no mood ...


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    There were times when I was so frustrated with the main character She was driving me crazy She was walking through an entirely different world and assuming everything was the same I realized why this was bothering me I was wanting and expecting her to react like a science fiction reader And many science fiction characters Note The rest of this review has been...


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    Hands down one of my all time favorite books I m certain some of that has to do with the point in my life during which I read it, however it shall always remain an ultimate favorite The issues the Ms Piercy so deftly addresses are both the main focus of the story and completely secondary, almost an after thought I never got the feeling of being preached at, yet so many important, and delicate, subjects were addressed throughout this novel Mental illness, racism, gender equality or rather inequality , socio economic injustices all these and are deftly covered in this touching story of a woman struggling to make her way in a world where she starts with multiple strikes against her simply by the color of her skin and the fact that she was born female rather than male.This story switches between a present day world in which we live with all...


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    The most important thing to know about this book is that it was first published in 1976 This is such a late 1960s early mid 1970s story It s funny because part of it takes place in the mid 70s and part takes place in the 22nd century The 22nd century appears as though imagined in the 1970s So, the future seems dated somehow I suspect I would have thought it was brilliant if I d read it over three decades ago Now, I cringed quite a bit and thought it was unintentionally humorous at times.The story is about a woman in the 1970s who s a mental patient it did remind me a bit of One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest but she can communicate with those in the 22nd century Those in the 22nd century she has the most contact with are still at war but otherwise are living in an almost utopia The author seems to say a lot about an egalitarian society, communal living, sexism and class and racism, much about the environment quite a bit about computers It s a cautionary tale and must have seemed quite impressive back in 1976.I loved the language imagined 150 or so years into the future, how English evolved, done in a way that makes use of the vernacular of the 1960s and the 1970s it s adapted from that time It doesn t work that well in 2010 but it was splendidly constructed, and I enjoyed revisiting the time of three and a half decades ago.It took me about 50 pages to start enjoying the book but then I had times when it was difficult to put down I did really want to read this I got...


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    The book tells the story of a hispanic woman, Connie, who has the ability to communicate with a group of people from the future The story cuts back and forth between her 1970 s life in a mental institution which has nothing to do with her ability to talk to people in the future and the future community.I thought this book spoke well to three broad topics What it meant to be a mental patient in the 70 s What the future could be like if we continue to pollute our planet and our bodies with synthetic, harmful chemicals What the future could be like if we were intuned to natureThis book is in equal measure a criticism of Piercy s times and a hopeful ision of what our society could be Personally, I would love to live in a society where culture is not tied to race, where food is grown locally, where people discuss their problems person to person until they are resolved, and where people learn their entire lives long Some have criticized the book for being dated, but I ...


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    This is one of those situations where I had it in my head that I had to read this my freshman year in college, but because I have a shitty memory, I couldn t actually remember any details so I figured it would be good to re read it now Except I don t think I ever actually read this book We may not even read this in school at all Maybe we read something else by Marge Piercy.So it s good I took the time to read this now Just in case I never actually did before.The story begins with 30 something year old Connie Ramos living in NY The reader is under the impression early on that she s had some mental health issues in the past, but when we first meet her, she is living on her own Her niece visits, and that s where the real trouble begins Through a short sequence of events that escalated quickly, Connie was again confined to a psychiatric hospital against her will.But it s not entirely a story of her time in a psychiatric hospital, though that alone is pretty fascinating and equally horrifying The other part of the story is that Connie is able to communicate with the year 2137 She meets Luciente, a woman from this future time, who takes Connie in spirit, anyway to 2137 so she can see their utopic society Connie s time, to Luciente, is a part of history, a reminder of the way things used to be When things were really pretty shitty.As tends to happen in utopic society stories, the utopia portion is pretty ...


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    TL DR I see where others may appreciate the work, but the stuff I have listed in my spoiler section killed it for me.I want to like this book It s one of those rare science fiction books that contains many great ideas in action, and it represents segments of the population that rarely get a say in the genre After reading a lot of science fiction that panders to white people, I felt like this was a great change of pace I was primed to enjoy it, to hear new perspectives on distant horizons.With that in mind, I hope that you can understand my reluctance in writing a review that says that I did not could not even finish the book.Before I give my reasons why, let me say that I can understand why this book would appeal to so many people Again, it represents undervalued voices in science fiction, giving life to something other than other than English other than white, brilliant scientists other than intelligent men other than swooning, intelligent white women other than perfect black women Clarke s The Songs of Distant Earth does a good job of putting a few of these in Since Woman on the Edge of Time features a strong Latina woman who dips frequently into Spanish, has family problems that crush her life, and finds herself in a literally disadvantaged, voiceless position, I felt like I was going to get to see new vistas Those vistas certainly offer the appeal that I can se...


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    I m ambivalent about this book The best way to describe my reservation with Woman on the Edge of Time is that I was never comfortable suspending my disbelief I tried to make myself willing to go where Marge Piercy was taking me but never quite got there Although the book steadily improved from its chaotic but very dull beginning, it never involved me in the way I require to get much satisfaction from reading In the end, I was reading the book to finish it instead of because I was eager to find out what happened next I was not invested in the fate of Connie or Luciente Piercy s utopia is intriguing and creative and therein lies the problem Woman on the Edge of Time is a good example of how one can take a concept in this case, a utopian society and overdo the trope to the point where it distracts from the story one is trying to tell Through the unique interaction of present well, the 1970s with a possible future, Piercy weaves a story of power and revolution Her protagonist is one of the powerless, the poor, the oppressed Society is against her Her only hope l...


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    At last a book I ve been meaning to put on the wish list and that s on one of my group s Reads next month Even better my library has a copy in house Rating 3.3 3.5 starsIf the last two novels I had read before this had been Paul McAuley s The Quiet War and Bruce Sterling s The Caryatids then I may have nudged my rating into the 4 star category but they weren t Instead they were Sylvia Townsend Warner s Lolly Willowes, Mr Fortune s Maggot and Summer Will Show, and Piercy s writing style suffered by comparison IMO, of course.Another strike against the novel was that I wasn t able to get into it for the first 100 pages or so.However It got better The writing, while never on the level Warner seems to reach effortlessly, did improve and there were some scenes that did leap off the page And after Chapter 4, it became easier for me to empathize with Connie and enjoy her trips to the world of 2137.One of my groups is reading the book this month March 2010 so I m going to hold off on a thorough and spoiler laden review until later this month, hoping to get some insights and different POVs from the discussion threads Woman on the...

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