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He was smiling at Kgosetlemang--the event was to be considered over with, clearly--and I could tell that his gingivae were as good as mine; which is saying a lot. I attend to my gums. People in the bush don't always attend to their oral hygiene, not to mention other niceties. There was no sign of that here. I of course am fanatical about my gums because my idea of what the movie I Wake Up Screaming is about is a woman who has to keep dating to find her soulmate and she's had to get dentures. I have very long-range anxieties.Entranced by this potential soulmate, our heroine strikes out into the Kalahari Desert with a couple of donkeys and follows him to his utopia where sexual attraction, regional politics, and social experimentation make for very strange bedfellows, indeed.
Mating is a fiercely intelligent, hugely ambitious novel that takes on feminism, socialism, political corruption, foreign-sponsored rural development projects, and, yes, male-female relations in ways that are simultaneously hilarious and disturbing. Certainly Rush's language is a big part of what makes the novel work: the narrator's combination of elevated vocabulary and wacky non sequiturs is inspired. When, for example, Denoon explains to her that most of the women in Tsau are celibate and therefore so is he, she reflects that "of course the spiritus rector of a female community would need to be a sexual solitary, at least during the foundational period." She then wonders if "this situation was the analog of western series on television where the female watchership shrank to nothing when the producers let the marshal get married." Mating is remarkable for its wit, its acuity, and its ability to satirize without demeaning; it's also a heck of an entertaining story. Jane Austen would have been proud. --Alix Wilber
This book received a high award which is the only reason I began reading it. It is written in one of the most awkward styles I've ever encountered with unusual use of punctuation... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
Mating reminded me a bit of Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland in that it took me fifty or so pages to realize that the unnamed narrator was supposed to be female, and only then... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Grey
Darned if I know what to say about this book. I found it truly compelling, in the sense that I couldn't move on to read anything else until I had this firmly and finally under my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Giselle
Off the chart terrific...if you're willing to wade through lots of words. (Lots of words. I have a good vocabulary and was forced to the dictionary every page or so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Koetting
Haven't finished it and don't know if I will. This is where I learned to appreciate that my Kindle is tied to a dictionary; I've never used that function more! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristen M. Foster
I will not synopsize this book except to say that it is too long by about 250 pages. I found the story of the spying mission and and all of its related details unworthy of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by E. Feldman
Couldn't get into it. Didn't particularly like the characters. I'm sure the fault was mine since I don't, as a rule, read novels. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julia C. Ford
Tedious ponderous long-winded post-modern. So why am I reading it? Bloody book club choice. I'm not saying the author isn't a very gifted fellow for making the narrator a woman,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Elliot Jager