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The Power

de Naomi Alderman

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Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.
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The thought experiment around power as an absolute corrupting force was interesting but execution was subpar. Here, gender inequality is merely a byproduct of physical power (e.g., if women were more powerful than men, they’d rape and subjugate just the same. Equality!). This point could’ve been made more artfully; it’s hard to imagine the flip happening overnight, with women embracing stereotypically male chauvinism the second the tables turn. The ending was a copout with no nuance. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
I don't really want to go into my thoughts because I can't without spoiling it. Just want to say if you pick this up READ ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, especially the letters at the beginning and the end of the book. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
The premise of this book is to swap power roles from male centric to female centric and it’s an idea many currently seek to institute; the situations going on, which occurs to the males in the book happen every day in the present to women across the globe. But here’s where I started to look closer...Aldermann doesn’t imagine how things get better. Rather, the book follows five characters who simply flip into the opposite genders roles. A female politician starts “thinking like a man” and rises to prominence. Her daughter has a secret to hide which could derail her political career so it’s hidden and hush hush as we also follow the daughter and her dealing with this secret. We follow a UK mafia kinds blow-by daughter as she rises to the top to become a QueenPin, and a foster system girl who become a messianic zealot with delusions of grandeur. Lastly, we follow a male news reporter who slowly becomes fearful because of his gender as the world become tipped on its axis and women begin to rape men on the streets for the hell of it. What part of this is supposed to be empowering? If the female characters don’t rise above or make positive change, what is this fiction truly imagining.

It is written like a narrative but includes bits and pieces at the beginning and the end to make it seem like the author - Aldermann- has received a potential historical manuscript from a male writer. It includes pictures from “1000’s of years ago” so we are reading something far off in the future it seems. The end is a back and forth conversation about misinterpretations of history; a conversation many have about the validity of texts and interpretations copied over many years.

So, overall while I enjoyed the book, I cannot say it was ground breaking or shattering, or even electrifying once I started to sink my teeth into it ( my apologies to Atwood’s glowing blurb on the cover). The concept is brilliant and I did find myself engrossed in the story but also jarred out of it as well. ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Apr 19, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The brutal illustration of the idea that power corrupts, the slow toppling of gender norms into a perfect reversal, and the gradual realization of the timeline of the book were all highlights for me. Parts of the book were hard to read for their violence, but at the same time I felt that none of the violence was gratuitous. It was horrifying because it was horrible. ( )
  duchessjlh | Mar 25, 2021 |
I read this as a book club selection and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It's a work of speculative fiction, "What if women had the natural strength and power instead of men? What would life/society be like?" The plot moves along with several compelling if not somewhat shallow, archetypal characters and eventually weaves their stories together. It's a very thought-provoking book and perfect for a book club discussion.

I had a few issues though.
a.) the extremely western portrayal of middle eastern/muslim women's lives nd genre roles. I didn't disagree with it but it could have been dealt with in a more nuanced and sublet way.
b.) the romance. It seems the author is saying that love can't happen unless everyone is on equal footing in terms of power. I think I agree but I would have like to see this thread pulled and explored more.

Overall, a quick enjoyable read.
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  technodiabla | Mar 16, 2021 |
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Alderman [...] imagines our present moment — with our history, our wars, our gender politics — complicated by the sudden widespread manifestation of “electrostatic power” in women. Young girls wake up one morning with the ability to generate powerful electric shocks from their bodies, having developed specialized muscles — called “skeins” — at their collarbones, which they can flex to deliver anything from mild stings to lethal jolts of electricity. The power varies in its intensity but is almost uniform in its distribution to anyone with two X chromosomes, and women vary in their capacity to control and direct it, but the result is still a vast, systemic upheaval of gender dynamics across the globe.
 
Alderman has written our era's "Handmaid's Tale," and, like Margaret Atwood's classic, "The Power" is one of those essential feminist works that terrifies and illuminates, enrages and encourages.
afegit per melmore | editaWashinton Post, Ron Charles (Oct 10, 2017)
 
The novel is constructed as a big, brash, page-turning, drug-running, globetrotting thriller, one in which people say things such as: “It’s only you I’ve blimmin come to find, isn’t it?” and “You wanna stand with me? Or you wanna stand against me?” But it’s also endlessly nuanced and thought-provoking, combining elegantly efficient prose with beautiful meditations on the metaphysics of power, possibility and change.
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Naomi Aldermanautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Andoh, AdjoaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bre, SilviaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Burton, NathanDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stoddard, JustineFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Thiele, SabineTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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