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An Untamed State Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00PY26WLA
- Publisher : Corsair; 0 edition (8 January 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1441 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 204,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story sounds really interesting - a woman is kidnapped in Haiti and her family have to deal with it. I was also immediately attracted by the way that the chapters were numbered (you'll have to buy the book to see this).
So... Mireille have been kidnapped and she is telling her story. Her narrative is punctuated by chapters from the perspective of her husband and father as they try to negotiate her release.
I was completely blown away by how I was effected by reading this. I don't shy away from an uncomfortable book and have read many stories of torture, deprivation and human endurance. So I was amazing how the descriptions of her time in captivity actually made me feel sick and faint - I found that I couldn't read these sections in long sessions.
We know that the main narrator survives as she is telling the story from a future point, and occasionally we are reminded of the time gap and how she has been able to reflect on the effects of what she went through.
Mireille is very well drawn character. The psychological and physical changes are portrayed clearly, to the point that I kept having to remind myself that this was actually a novel - it does feel much more like a memoir.
Roxanne Gay is an amazing writer and she captures everything that it is to be a woman.
This book, is not an easy read, it is not supposed to be, it is hard and sad and moving. But it is not written with complicated language or hard to understand syntax, what is hard about this book is the reality which it speaks to and the topics it covers. We do not live in a nice world a lot of the time, and rarely do we get books that take that fact and force us to look at it. And yet it is not a work without hope, there is something vital about Gay's only fiction to date, something necessary and powerful. This is book about something sad and hard, but its also and importantly a book about survival. She's an incredible author, I would recommend it to anyone who seeks to understand the consequences behind some of these themes of race, rape and gender. But also to people in general, who need to read this, if only to have their eyes opened.