- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB; edition edition (2 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008283532
- ISBN-13: 978-0008283537
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roar Paperback – 2 May 2019
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‘A wonderful, inspiring collection…the kind of book everyone should have on their shelf’ Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
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‘These stories sing from the page … sharp, clever, witty: a joy to read’ Donal Ryan, bestselling author of The Spinning Heart
‘An impressive, timely and entertaining collection’ Observer
‘Confidential, sympathetic and witty’ The Times
‘Funny, magical, her most powerful, most feminist work yet’ Irish Sunday Independent
‘Smart and provocative…told with wit and verve.’ Mirror
‘Intriguing, substantial and impactful…The quiet call to arms that women never knew they needed’ Irish Independent
‘Witty, smart, perpetually readable, this is the perfect collection’ Heat
‘Inventive and ingenious, with a doffing of the cap to Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood’ Stylist
‘Witty and relatable’ Woman and Home
‘Stories worth waiting for’ Image
‘Rich, challenging and comic’ Daily Express
‘Thought-provoking, clever and humorous… startlingly original and very enjoyable’ Women’s Weekly
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I was intrigued by the idea behind Cecelia Ahern's book of thirty feminist short stories about thirty women. The book swag that came with it was also a lovely surprise!
Each story involves a different woman who is undergoing an issue that makes them feel uncomfortable, undecided, or angry told from a feminist perspective. In short, all the women in these stories want to roar!
The main idea behind these stories is wonderfully original, as they are told through allegories. Some of the situations are really quite outlandish, but they mostly managed to ring quite true.
I found myself able to relate to many of the characters and the universal everyday issues they experienced as women struggling to have it all, as we do often do in this day and age. None of the main characters were given names, and I felt this was a nice touch that really made the women feel like ‘every woman.’
ROAR is a refreshing and creative take on feminism. I did feel that it became somewhat repetitive, but the ideas behind it are fascinating. 4 stars!
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This book, in true anthology form, was a toss up. Some stories were OK, some stories were boring, and some stories made you cringe and go..."huh?!"
Roar is supposed to be a book that gave women back their voice. A book that empowers women, that makes us feel strong, that takes all our insecurities and issues and addresses them. Unfortunately, it didn't exactly come off that way. Instead, it felt like it took our insecurities and made us feel...stupid for having them. It took our 'issues' and made it seem like we were the only ones who have issues to deal with. It sometimes undermined our problems, and other times, made a big deal out of a normal issue or emotion to have. Furthermore, Ahern took our issues or insecurities and packaged them into 'literal' fables of sort.
For instance, 'The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor And Who Met Lots Of Other People Down There Too' irritated me, because to start with, we are not the only ones who get that feeling when faced with an embarrassing or nerve wracking situation. Men feel the same way, I am certain! So why is it, that a 'literal' hole opens up underneath this woman who just farted in front of her boss and a room full of coworkers, to swallow her and in this hole she only meets other women? It just doesn't make sense to me.
You have the story of the refugee who literally grows wings and flies off - feeling liberated - but is that really what Ahern is conveying? It felt more like running away. Running away from the discrimination she was facing, running away from her life, from the difficulties, from her family, her kids. Is that how you deal with your problems? By growing wings and flying off? How does that solve anything? Then there's the trophy wife. The one who sits on a shelf witnessing her life and the lives of those she loves pass her by until she finally can't take it anymore. But after what? After her kids have grown up and left the house, after her husband got bored of her, after she completely wasted away her life disconnecting herself from her family. How is this empowering? She loses everything and then feels empowered enough to get off the shelf? I didn't feel empowered reading that, I felt sorry for her and angry. She thinks after all these years she can create a connection with her estranged children? Be a mother to them? Hell, no. Where are her closest friends, years back, to advice her to get off that shelf? Where are her parents or siblings to warn her of what she was getting herself into? Who is this lady? Did she really have no one to tell her she was making a mistake sitting on that shelf all those years? It's ridiculous.
Another thing I didn't like very much is the fact that all the women remained 'unnamed'. Anonymous. Unknown. This made it difficult to relate to them, to know them, to empathize with them. I don't think that was the right move on Ahern's part. You want to empower women? Feed on our strength? Give us names! Make us human! Make it personal!
Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid. Disappointed.
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