2016/11/19

BOOK REVIEW:
WHY GOD IS A WOMAN BY NIN ANDREWS

Title: Why God Is A Woman
Author: Nin Andrews
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 96
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This collection of poetry is set on a magical island where women rule and men are the "second sex" and follows a boy through adolescence and to his eventual exile from the Island.


Review:
What a wonderful collection of poetry this is!

This is the first poetry collection I've read that works sort of like a narrative - it's very much like reading a novel, except the chapters are poems and it's a lot more lyrical. You'd think that might take something away from the story, that it would be lacking in some ways, but it isn't - it creates a rather crazy and amazing portrait of this Island that mirrors our own society.

The poems discusses gender in a simultaneously funny and terrifying way. You read it and think this is insane, and then you reflect on a bit and see how it reflects the world we live in. The writing is beautiful and nothing feels too long or too short.

One of my favorite poems in this, and the one best suited to share with you, is the first one:

On the Island where I come from
women rule. They run the country, control the wealth, and decide who will do what, why and when. At the end of the day, when the sun sinks into the sea, the women leave their offices behind and go out on the town to enjoy what is known as the women's hour. In bars, restaurants, and spas designed for women only, they relax and let out a sigh as the day's thoughts and fears rush of their skin like water. There they linger as day fades from the sky, chatting among themselves, making occasional cracks about the guys. Men, they say, are such incomplete souls. They don't even know how to love, they say as they grow calm in the light of their minds before returning to their homes: their men, their children, their dogs.

I would highly recommend this book and don't be alarmed if you don't usually enjoy poetry, because I think this would be an easy one for anyone who enjoys stories to enjoy, seeing as it has a narrative you can follow and it isn't too abstract.
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4 comments

  1. THIS SOUNDS REALLY AMAZING. I don't really enjoy poetry but the one you quote are really easy to read, so I will definitely give this one a try!

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    1. If there's a collection for people who don't usually enjoy poetry, this is the one :)

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  2. What an interesting way to tell a story! It's not something I would pick up on one of my regular book shop visits, but I'll keep this in mind when I'm in the mood for poetry!

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    1. I know, right! I would definitely recommend it :D

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