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Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Paperback – 1 July 2020
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If you haven't discovered [Evaristo] yet, I urge you to read all and any of her books. Devoured one a day already and ordered more. Hilarious, compassionate, moving and brutally honest. -- Richard E Grant via Twitter
Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity. -- Nicola Sturgeon via Twitter
Weaves through time and space with crackling originality, Vogue
Exuberant, bursting at the seams in delightful ways... Evaristo continues to expand and enhance our literary canon. If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read, New Statesman
An exceptional book that unites poetry, social history, women's voices and beyond. Order it right now, Stylist
Evaristo's prose hums with life as characters seem to step off the page fully formed. At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards, Red
Brims with vitality, FT
With this rich composition, Evaristo deserves a toast, Literary Review
Masterful... A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain, Elle
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- Item Weight : 321 g
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241984998
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241984994
- Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Penguin (1 July 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lots of social issues are covered - very relevant to our day and age, even though some of it is set in the distant past.
A fairly challenging writing style adds to the strong, punchy nature is the book.
Well worth reading
Coming to the book, Girl, woman , other is a must read for people across ages and races . New flow and great creativity for a fiction on the whole . I wouldn't say it's piece on feminism , rather I view it as egalitarianism .
Received a worn out cover book. There was no gloss of a new book. Definitely pirated copy. For a book that was 550rs, it was a complete rip off.
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The twelve narratives are grouped into four sets of three, each set has relatively tight connections with the others in that set, but the four sets are connected sometimes in tangential ways. Each narrative is fully and beautifully told, centring on a black woman but with a lively and diverse cast of supporting characters - sometimes generations of that character’s family, sometimes friends, sometimes employers or offspring.
Each of the twelve characters is sufficiently different to maintain interest and avoid any blurring between them. They range, for example, from a lesbian theatre dramatist, to a city banker, to a Northumbrian farmer, to a narcissistic schoolteacher. Some of the characters are more likeable than others, some of them are happier than others. Taken together, though, they challenge a number of pre-conceptions: e.g. that black skin was not seen in Britain before the Windrush; that the black community is somehow homogenous; that black kids have lower expectations than their white counterparts. We see in great detail the complexity of the backgrounds of many Black Britons; the systematic stifling of ambition and opportunity that Black kids experience; and the power of familial expectations and the perils of wanting something different from life.
Girl, Woman, Other does have a couple of codas. The first is an after party following the opening of a play by Amma, the star of the first narrative. This brings together some of the characters and offers an opportunity for some set-piece politicking. If the novel has a weak spot, this is it. The second coda is much more powerful, as one of the characters discovers her true heritage. The reader will already have worked this out, but the salient feature is more the character’s reaction than the actual fact of it.
This remarkable collection of narratives is dauntingly long to start with, but after the first two or three stories it is very hard to put down. It is written in a compelling, immediate style (almost verse like with line spacing and lack of capital letters), and gives a very convincing insight into lives that the reader might never have previously noticed. This is an important work that gives a better understanding of our country, and an appreciation that the story is still being written.
writing akin to a four year old. So cross that I had to buy this – my book club chose it as our book of the month. Everyone hates it. Emperor’s new clothes, avoid at all costs!