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Women writers we love
March 21, 2017
You may be in the thick of celebrations. After all, this is the month that celebrates ‘women’. So how could we not join in? In the March issue of Book Lover’s Club News, I picked up a handful of renowned women writers whose reviews are already hosted on our site. I plan to provide a quick refresher on the lives of these talented women and their exemplary works of creativity.
Women writers we loveThe first in my somewhat whimsical list of merit is the now rich and famous J K Rowling. She makes it to top 3, not so much because of her creativity (of which she has oodles) but for her grit and resilience. To be the penniless parent of a baby, live on welfare and still choose to follow her calling-requires a special kind of grit. To believe in herself in the face of a despondent future, and create one of the most bizarre, elaborate, complex creative plots of all time also requires some special gifting by the Almighty. I would give this awesome bundle of courage and creativity a standing ovation any day. You can find some J K Rowling book reviews here.
Next of course is the grand old dame, Agatha Christie. Christie is the world’s most widely sold author, after Shakespeare and the Bible. This is a significant achievement in itself, and equally outstanding is the strong and independent way in which she lived her life. She lived a creatively fulfilling life, battled with financial crisis along with her mother, divorced her cheating husband, married a second time, traveled extensively with her second husband who was fourteen years younger to her, served in a war dispensary, and created some cool, bad ass women characters in her novels. One of the famous characters she created is a sharp insightful sleuth, Miss Marple who looks like an old village simpleton and lives in a society where an aging spinster is not attributed with much worth. You can read a review of Agatha Christie’s famous work, And Then There Were None, here.
A discussion on feminist writing would be incomplete without a mention of the Bronte sister’s. Writing in the early 19th century the three sisters had to use male pseudonyms in order to increase the chances of publication and readership of their work. While their writing never explicitly claims men and women to be equal, the sisters did forge a new convention of creating fictitious women characters who were passionate, self-reliant, clever and defiant. Jane Eyre, in the novel of the same name by Charlotte Bronte, struggles and manages to be self-reliant, using her talents and wit. A review of the book is available here.
Book Review Circle gossipEnheduanna, believed to be the earliest known author in human history is a woman. She was the high priestess of the Sumerian civilization in 2000 BC, and chiefly composed hymns in praise of the goddess Inanna. Enheduanna began a long tradition of Mesopotamian princesses serving as high priestesses. After her death, she was attributed semi-divine status and had hymns devoted to her.
Book Review Circle suggested read:Catherine Earnshaw, the female protagonist of Wuthering Heights has been criticized as ignoring her true nature, and following submissive Victorian social norms, and as retribution for this, brings catastrophe to her family. Read the book to find out for yourself. A review is available is here.
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Happy reading till we meet again.
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