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Daly has her reputation as a radical feminist with little patience for the foibles and menace of patriarchy to uphold, and in this incendiary tract--"a challenge and an invitation" for women and to women--she does. It is a rallying cry, a feminist manifesto, enjoining women to combat their oppressors. Employing everything from quantum theory to Thomistic philosophy, Daly argues forcefully about the dangers of patriarchy while freely acknowledging that many of her critics associate the term with "seventies feminism" and consider the entire rhetoric passe. She begs to differ and comments at length about the interconnectedness of women and ecology. The villain of her eloquent rant is George W. Bush, who she suggests epitomizes Hannah Arendt's phrase "the banality of evil" in his dangerous politics and his vacant, arrogant persona. Calling Daly strident is an understatement, yet her contentious take on the modern world deserves to be heard. June Sawyers
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Praise for the Famous Radical Feminist Philosopher’s Groundbreaking Works:

“This is Mary Daly’s masterpiece. In Western tradition, her only near-equal is the poet William Blake. Daly is a philosopher/artist of great strength and grace.”—Andrea Dworkin on Quintessence…Realizing the Archaic Future

“Alive with creative energy, impelled by an urgency of vision . . . Philosopher, theologian, mythologist, explorer, pirate, warrior, witch, fairy, or leprechaun, Daly draws her readers into her outrageously lived life.”—Mary Jo Weaver, The New York Times Book Review, on Outercourse

“Rich in ideas, imagery, and Daly’s characteristic wordplay, Pure Lust not only explores and analyzes the patriarchy’s abuse of lust . . . but [affirms] feminist ‘life-lust’ and vision. This is a witty, original work—and one which is A-mazing Elemental Daly.”—Robin Morgan, Ms.

“Mary Daly has shocked and angered us to a new edge of feminism.”—Valerie Miner, San Francisco Chronicle, on Gyn/Ecology

“Not for the timid, this brilliant book calls for nothing short of the overthrow of patriarchy itself.”—Alix Kates Shulman, The Village Voice, on Beyond God the Father

“A hard-hitting, highly original, and even revolutionary little book unmasking the latent anti-feminism in so much Catholic thinking and practice . . .”—Thomas Merton on The Church and the Second Sex
 
"What is 'amazon grace'? According to theologian and philosopher Daly, it is women's ability to face the world with determination and humor...Daly's well-supported arguments are wide-ranging...[readers] will be ultimately rewarded..."--Library Journal
 
"A shock of awakening such as is found in the works of Simone de Beauvoir."--Publishers Weekly

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403968535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403968531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on September 24, 2012
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In her final book, Daly addresses the seeming incapacity to See and Name and Feel Deeply the connections among ecological and other horrors accelerating this past decade. She claims that people are not just stupid, but are possessed and stultified by the State of Denial - Big Time. Equating patriarchy with the State of Denial, she answers the question, "How can we begin the process of undenying?" thus: Take one step at a time - any step, and she goes on to give an example. State the simple fact that "the expression `war on terrorism' is nonsensical. War IS terrorism." I would love to quote the entirety of chapter five, which begins with a quote from Susan B. Anthony praying for some "terrific shock to startle the women of this nation into self-respect which will compel them to see the abject degradation of their present position; which will force them to break their yoke of bondage, and give them faith in themselves." Daly notes that it is not the shock of the "outrages of fatherland, no matter how hideous and destructive" that will answer Susan's prayer, but the shock "of encountering and Realizing Be-ing" (by which she means "Ultimate/Intimate Reality") which will "naturally compel a woman to see the grotesque inappropriateness of her degraded position and that of all women. . . She is driven to break out, and she is enabled to do this because she has begun to Dis-cover Faith in herSelf." The chapter ends with Daly's definition of patriarchy and her howling response to those who claim that the term patriarchy is passé, dated. If you are looking for one of her books to read, this one is perhaps the most inspiring.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fredrika Spiewak on June 4, 2015
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I loved Daly's book "Gyn-Ecology", but "Amazon Grace" was disappointing. She opened the book with a large defense against
Audre Lourde's criticism that Daly did not include black goddesses. As a reader, I was not interested in their academic battle. Daly could have covered it in a sentence. "If you want a book about black goddess, write it yourself." Daly also quoted herself too much. She did not acknowledge Jung for her active imaginal work or his views on synchronistic theory. The dialogues became boring and Daly's message about
patriarchy became muddled in verbiage. I would recommend Daly's earlier works.
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By ROBIN ni Dana on April 22, 2014
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Mary Daly concludes her illustrious career with a final book in her signature style: looking head on, unflinchingly at the horrors of our times without dismay and with a message, ultimately, of why hope is not only necessary, but reasonable. Mary Daly's works are the bread crumbs we can follow to find our way out of the maze of deception that has us culturally tied in knots, chasing our own tail, and destroying what we most need and love. If you want to live in a world that makes sense for EVERYBODY, read this book.
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By Rev Elethia on March 12, 2013
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Mary Daly is a unique and brilliant writer. She courageously confronts the source of evil in our world with "no holds barred." She created a language that is life-giving to all those left out of the power structure and shows us how to live with integrity and commitment and live above and beyond the fray created by hateful people and their philosophies.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jen on October 17, 2011
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This book is a must for all forward thinking women. If gender equality is what you would like to see - including equality in our language, than this book is for you. A feminist tour de force.
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