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The Gate to Women's Country Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1993
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The time is post-nuclear apocalypse, several centuries afterward. The tattered remnants of society are isolated clusters of cities. One such cluster is Women's Country. Founded by Martha Evesdaughter, as she called herself, the society is a loose confederation of walled towns, each defended from bandits and each other by a garrison. The boys, at five, go to live with their warrior fathers in the garrison. At 15, they may choose to become a defender and stay in the garrison and take up the art of war, or they may return to become servitors and assist the women in the running of farms and the general economy. Life is not easy; electric power is limited by the wood that can be gathered and burned in the one remaining power plant in just one of the towns. Much knowledge has been lost in the apocalypse; each woman must take up a science, a craft, and an art and study and work her whole life, not only to provide food, medical services and the means of living, but to maintain and grow the knowledge that was once lost. The towns are run under strict ordinances, governed by councils of older women. Servitors have no say in the council, nor do the warriors. Women's Country is...women's country.
This is the backdrop for the story of Stavia Morgotsdaughter, daughter of a doctor and member of the town council of Marthatown. She struggles with adolescent emotions such as rebellion against the ordinances and stirrings of feeling towards a young man. Her sister Myra struggles as well, as teens do, against rules and for becoming independent.Read more ›
It is not an anti-male, if-only-women-were-in-charge-there-would-be-no-war book. It's a lot deeper than that, so try thinking beyond the surface when you read it. Through the seemingly-innocent dialogue, Tepper cleverly reveals not only the properties of the world she has created, but also the properties of our own world. Her neat reversal of which gender is perceived as the "normal," "default" human points out all the invisible places where women are seen as different, deviant, and non-standard in today's society.
Most significantly, Tepper does not create a utopia where women are in charge, and everyone is happy (can't you just picture the birds singing, the flowers growing...?-- there is none of this). This is *not* a perfect world, nor is it completely stable. It is fascinating to get a glimpse of a *well-thought-out* world in which women play a much more powerful role. It's much better than the unrealistic and wishful creations of other feminist authors.
I highly recommend this book, especially to young women and men of all ages, the two groups that benefit the most from seeing powerful women.
What is often ignored is how skilfully Ms. Tepper controls her revelations about the society of Women's Country. Bit by bit the clues are laid before you, until the final disclosure. Definitely a book that deserves more than one reading.
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An incredible story about the differences between men and women. I burned through this book in about two days. Imkpossible to put down once you open it.Published 2 months ago by Ramoths Own
My femenist girlfriend thinks this book is great, at least that what I think she said. I only see her once a day when she throws slop down the feeding chute for me and it's hard to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. J. Fry
This is an amazing women's science fiction fantasy. What would happen post-apocalypse if women decided to prevent it happening again?Published 3 months ago by Sandy
This book is brilliant. It's not without its flaws; it's dark, cynical, and disturbing, but it's one of a handful of books that have really made me think. Read morePublished 6 months ago by maggie edge
I seem to be drawn to 'alternative' worlds: survival of the country after the destruction. This books reminds me of a song I learned in school in the 1940's: Reuben, Reuben,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cynthia H. Grossman
Sheri S Tepper is a wonderful author. I have read all of her books and this one is one of my favorites.Published 7 months ago by Nancy Marie Reed
I loved this post-apocalyptic look at a future where women run the show without the men knowing it.Published 7 months ago by Miss Pink Butler