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Sep 22, Miss Clark rated it it was ok Recommends it for: To view it, click here. I wanted so badly to like this book. It has so much going for it. It is original and inventive.
I never once caught myself thinking, "Now, where did I read that before? Oh, right, in the last three books! All of them were uniquely Cashore's own.
Her prose was clear and lucid, though there were passages that dragged and made me want to skip ahead. So, pacing was occasionally a pro I wanted so badly to like this book.
So, pacing writing a short blurb about yourself occasionally a problem, but not the actual words themselves. I thought it quite notable, especially as a debut. Yes, that dreaded however. But before we get to that, a quick disclaimer. I certainly have no say on what Cashore did or did not intend the book to say.
I only can say with certainty what I find in the book and I hope you can agree that if, in addition to great writing and engaging stories, one desires one's reading material to have at the very least some simple ethics, it is more than reasonable that some readers will discuss and debate the ethics and social mores that certain features of this book present.
Personally, I appreciate being able to discuss something that a book mentions and which allows me to think of it in an entirely different light. I am fully aware that many might feel that this review is biased and unfair, written from a narrow-minded, hidebound mentality.
How dare I allow my personal convictions to color my view of a book I read? Especially a fantasy book that clearly takes place in a world that is not this one.
But before you comment to let me know that I am a horrible disgrace and disappointment as a human for allowing my personal convictions to color my view of a book that I have read, please take a moment to know that I am not allowing any comments on this review.
I had nearly 50 comments on this review and I ultimately chose to delete them when the vitriolic, contemptuous comments kept coming. For those of you whose opinions differed, but who chose to share that contrary opinion with civility and tolerance, I would like once more to extend my sincerest thanks, especially to Ariel and Angie.
For the others that commented to agree or say thanks for the review, I hope it helped. So, back to that however. My issue is that firstly, what Po and Katsa have is not love. But love, "true love," is wanting what is best for the other person and doing whatever one can so that the other is able to move toward the best.
Thus, love is at its core sacrificial and giving. What is the purpose of Katsa's and Po's sexual relationship? It is of transient emotional and physical benefit, but how does it benefit them ultimately? But say she did love him.
I'm all for girl power and females don't need a guy to be fulfilled. I even understand that at that point in Katsa's life she had just claimed her freedom and could not imagine entering any other station of life that would in any way limit or curtail her personal liberty.
All well and fine. But then she goes ahead and enters into a physical relationship with a guy because she "loves" him, but just can't ever be "married" to him because that would limit her sense of self and her own freedom to come and go as she pleased. Granted, the concept of marriage within the confines of that secondary world might differ, it could be a total abnegation of self, but I never got that sense when they talked about marriages in their society.
In fact, at its core, marriage in our world is a contract of personal commitment between two people, but Katsa, while perhaps legitimately shunning marriage in her world, still has no desire to ever commit to Po in any way. So it would seem that Katsa's issues had way more to do with herself and her own flaws and insecurities than the idea of commitment or even Po.
Given his affection for her, he would never have limited her freedom. But flip the coin. Where he was the one who would take whatever Katsa had to offer, but did not care enough to actually make any sort of commitment to her? That likely would not go over as well.
It is strange what a double standard we have in relationships, esp. We praise novels that show females as strong, independent individuals, even if that means they are also selfish and controlling, while we quite rightly condemn that sort of behavior in male protagonists.Filmmaking is entering a new era.
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