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Valuation of women seriously she s not very good at intersectionality jumped out at me this time round On the other hand it bears remembering that people who vocally dislike Tepper mostly seem to dislike her not because of where she goes wrong but because of where she s right I love all the characters and would have loved to see of the college section If ou only read 1 book by Sheri Tepper read this one The first Sherri Tepper book that I read great story great heroinesI loved it It s 2000 and a strongly moralistic conservative movement is sweeping the United States of America Blaming natural disasters and the declining economy on unsavoury elements of American society the American Alliance wants to restore morality and family values Does this sound familiar In some ways Gibbon s Decline and Fall is ten If an Elephant Went to School years too earlyet eerily prescient There is so much in here that rings true which is terrible At the same time it is a deeply flawed book with a simplistic plot that belies its attempt to tell a haunting and worthy story I really wish I could love and laud this book but every time I thought I had figured it out it just got weirderThough mostly set in 2000 Gibbon s Decline and Fall begins in 1959 when Carolyn Crespin goes off to college and befriends a diverse group of Morse Code for Radio Amateurs young women They decide to form the Decline and Fall Club or DFC with the stated intention that they will meet everyear and pledge never to decline nor to fall that is to be themselves make their own decisions and remain strong in the face of the adversity misogyny and sexism that remains a part of their society When we catch up with the Rating 3 of fiveSaddened to learn of Ms Tepper s death at 87 What a career Public service as director of Planned Parenthood out West owner and manager of a guest ranch and a solid authorial corpus Damned fine legacy to leaveThis was a fun read for me Tepper s prose is facile and gracile I won t say the book changed my life but it made me smile and gave me some hours of pleasure The depressing thing about this terrific story with its eerily accurate depiction of just how much fundamentalist Catholics Protestants and Muslims have in common when it comes to women is not the accuracyNo the depressing thing is how many people won t read amazing speculative fiction because Ms Tepper is a woman s writer The people who most need to read stories that perfectly capture the struggle of trying to flourish as a woman in a culture that hates women are never ever going to read past the first two chaptersAssuming they see the book at all I ve read a lot of spec fic in my time and if she had been a he she d be a hell of a lot better knownAnyway Great book Not a five star because A the main human bad guy was cartoony than usual and B the story kinda goes off the rails with a deus ex machina of epic proportions But it was nice to have the story end well Until the machine appeared Ms Tepper had done such a nice job extrapolating where the world is headed that I sort of wanted to crawl into a hole This one should be put on one of the absolute classics list I m really surprised that it isn t talked about even now but here we are almost to the 20 The Ideal Muslim Society year anniversary from when this first came out and it DESERVES TO BE KNOWNWhyIt belongs in the same category of The Handmaid s Tale The Power The Book of the Unnamed Midwife and many others that tackle the big issue of what it means to be a womanBut how does this stack up to the others Fantastically A group ofoung women become life long friends complaining about the tendency of women everywhere to make a stand and then eventually decline and fall the world dragging them down They vow to hold strong and fast and support each other meeting every Linux Networking Cookbook year and being REAL with each other Sound good Well the writing is better than the premise and fascinating The characters are an absolutely gorgeous treat to read And if that doesn t convinceou then just wait till things get really messed up all across the world Do we have a problem with sexism in this world Set our teeth in this Decline and Fall One particular note however This is NOT a hopeless man hating novel It s also not so dire that it becomes a grimdark dystopia It IS however a novel with many very bright facets and a deep exploration of so many different kinds of ideas and viewpoints Oh and it s very bright on some key issues too but let s not spoil it shall we I happen to wholeheartedly approve of Tepper s stand on women No one should ever have to live through a Hail Mary become a breeding machine for misogynists or be forced to give up the fruits of their labors The horrible stuff is absolutely atrocious and needs no reinforcing That being said I d LOVE to see a bit repairing on that medicine bag I m going to count this novel as one of my absolute favorites of all time I ve always been a fan of Tepper and while I was kind of put off at the beginning of this particular novel because it wasn t the high fantasy stuff I d grown to love it DEFINITELY made up for it in sheer uality of characters and development and ideas. Five friends from college who took a vow to always stand together But their success might depend on the assistance of Sophy the enigmatic sixth friend whom they all believed dea.
Ense and the Alliance is bwah ha haing about the World To Come in the background it starts to become so much static as the plot appears to go in circles Look Helen is afraid of her husband Look Agnes is uestioning her faith Look Carolyn is defending a Symbolic Person And golly everyone keeps hearing Sophy There s very little nuance to be found anywhere and if ou re at all religious FRIENDLY ENEMIES you are going to find this book makingou very unhappy at some points I m far from the most religious person in the world but even I had to wince when Agnes the nun of the group isn t able to coherently articulate a counter argument to anything anyone else says and then gets slapped down by the head male priest anyway because he hates women too like everyone else Having everyone wearing a priest s habit either be bigoted or deluded in Agnes case clearly its because she s denying part of herself sort of stacks the deck for the book especially when Sophy s stories of a women centered goddess are meant to be taken as entirely reasonable The book would have been far electric as a debate if Tepper had been able to a conceive of a rational argument for religion that the characters could argue against instead of making everyone religious seem like idiots and making it clear where the book s sympathies lieEven if any of that was manageable she sort of shoots herself in the foot by allowing the book to descend into vague magical realism and mysticism undercutting the ultimate point of the book that the sickness comes from man himself Instead the book comes across as unfocused with the Alliance conspiring hitting against Carolyn s defense of a Amok young girl hitting against religious arguments hitting against a plague that seems to suddenly make men less macho out of nowhere hitting against the dueling faceless armies of old women and men with torches She s trying for a global cross section but it never gathers the momentum would give it the horrifying drumbeat of inevitability By the time we reach Sophy s secret and the origin of the sinister old man Webster who heads the Alliance it s lost almost all sense of the real giving mankind a way out by suggesting all these bad bad men have just come under the sway of a force beyond space and time making it into another facet of the timeless battle between Good and Evil where the messier truth would have hit harder that we are responsible for our own actions ultimately both as individuals and as a society and that we must constantly be on guard to ensure that the rights of others are not trampled upon or diminished as they so easily can be In that light the SF element comes across as awkward than anything else spacesuit people blundering intoour finely wrought drama and wrecking the whole tone With well drawn characters and a focused scenario it would have been off putting In this case it s white noise stacked on incoherenceIt s telling that the sharpest and most coherent section of the novel is the trial segment where Tepper through Carolyn argues that society has to take some responsibility for the way a person is not by abandoning them and then passing judgement when they don t know how to act The debates here while still somewhat one sided gain a passion and drama that the rest of the novel is lacking and while the later inclusion of the SF element spices things up slightly it s still too little too late We needed to see the world as it could be not as it almost was and its a shame that she wasn t able to make a world that I recognize especially when I can open the newspaper and see these same arguments played out across the world in shouts and knives in bombs and laws While most fiction can function as escapism I don t think this one was intended as such and And a Bottle of Rum yet with this world and that one facing each other I d almost want to escape to hers At least there despite the window dressing touches of grey I can have some assurance that things will ultimately turn out to be okay while here we remain a work in progress This is a smart near future sci fi at least it was near future at the time now it s tenears behind us that really brought something home to meA smart woman can write a book for other smart women about the sacred feminine and a small number of readers will enjoy itA man can write a thriller for a wider demographic about the sacred feminine and it will become so pervasive so widely read that for some people it will be the only novel they have read in their adult livesGibbon s Decline and Fall is full of eerily prescient painful truths about life as a woman in the world today and the power of female friendships Does it have any good car chases like the Da Vinci Code thoughNo No it doesn tThere is a lesson here somewhere p Possibly it deserves stars because it stuck with me for Crochet years between reads but the flaws IANAL but I don t think trials work like that some extrapolations of theear 2000 would have been far fetched even in 1995 the bad guys seemed a little cartoony I think most misogynists of that kind think they re not woman haters but decent guys who make a realistic. F a teenage girl who abandoned her infant in a Dumpster Taking the girl's case is Carolyn Crespin a former attorney who left her job for a uiet family life Now she must call upon.
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Sorry I just really hated this book Like I m all about feminism and women in power but was adding a lizard people species into the euation really necessary I don t think so The point could have been made without the lizard people therefore if I could give this book zero stars I would I swear sometimes I despise being an English major and being told what to read There s something to be said for reaching for a hammer when perhaps a delicate instrument might do the job nicelyI never read anything by Sheri Tepper before and as a woman writing SF I didn t want to automatically paint her with the feminist brush and assume that because she s a woman everything she writes is cloaked in metaphors about the dichotomy between men and women just set on other planets or in the far future Fortunately for me she didn t bother with the metaphors and went straight into just spelling it outThis can probably be classified as science fiction only because its set in the future from when the book is written the turn of the current century which now that we re fourteen Playhouse years past it really makes me wonder where all the flying cars we were promised went or even speculative fiction ifou want to be like Margaret Atwood and not go near any of that ucky SF stuff as if people aren t able to tell the difference between stuff like this and War of the WorldsThe Atwood comparison doesn t entirely come out of left field Much like her Tepper has gone and written a novel that serves as sort of a thematic preuel to The Handmaid s Tale as both have to do with the idea of a fundamentalist conservative hierarchy of men taking over the country and turning women into walking Pez dispensers of infants In Atwood s tale we got a life during wartime type of view where the nightmare came true and we got to see just how unpleasant it would be Here we get to be on the cusp of it where men collectively start to think that all the world s problems would be solved if women just spent time in the kitchen making pies and sandwichesIf that sounds like I m trying to be funny it unfortunately is about the level of subtlety we get here Our tale follows the world through the eyes of six women who meet in college and decide to band together as friends despite the fact that most of them seem to exist as checkboxes on the scale of archetypes the radical lesbian the religious one the one with the eating disorder etc One of them nicknamed Sophy appears to be special than most something that becomes pronounced when the narrative jumps ahead about forty ears to the end of the twentieth century and we catch up with the ladies in their various states of success and failure They ve all kept in touch except for Sophy who seems to have disappeared at some point even though some of the women still hear her voice or see her occasionally In the interim the world has become man oriented with a wave of conservatism growing that threatens to relegate women to third class citizen status after cats and dogs promising a new world order that won t be pleasant depending on which restroom door Desire and Deceive you go throughPart of the enjoyment of this book is going to depend on how on boardou are for Tepper s gender politics here as a good chunk of the plot exists to deliver them and conveniently show how a women oriented world would be better While I m not completely behind her on the notion that everything is men s fault I m not unsympathetic either certainly aspects of the last few Dannys Dragon (Tao of Love, years of political debate has proven whateverour personal politics it s still a valid issue for discussion but the book seems blatantly designed to prove that she s right in a fashion that borders on the ham fisted The gap between the beginning and where the plot picks up doesn t help as we don t get to see the insidious chipping away of women s rights the slippery slope of compromise over the decades that puts people in a position that they didn t uite intend Instead we re given multiple scenarios with the various women that basically boil down to men stink and they re ruining everythingWhich isn t surprising given that the book features or less two kinds of men ones that are sensitive and compassionate and caring and thus are helping our heroines if they aren t already married to them or complete jerks who feel that women are worthless and should only exist to bear children One of the lead men of this ilk a lawyer named Jagger is almost a teeth gnashing parody of manliness flailing about with a hatred of women that would only border on the irrational if it hadn t already annexed everything around it He s part of a group called the Alliance a shadowy organization that in the spirit of every shadowy organization ever is working with the government and religious leaders look fundamentalist Christians and Muslims actually agreeing on something to undo every right women ever had and make it a man s man s man s man s world babyThe problem that all of this is over the top that its hard to buy into the scenario When every man they come into contact with is spouting the same get thee to a kitchen babydoll nons. A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping across the globe as the millennium approaches and a power hungry presidential candidate sees his ticket to success in making an example out