- File Size: 463 KB
- Print Length: 132 pages
- Publication Date: October 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M3SB18Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Bastia: The Early Years Kindle Edition
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The first part is a set of stories about the four wives of a wealthy man in an ancient civilization. This society almost seems built on the absence of any sort of consent. In fact, even more than punishing romantic love and physical expression between two women, it appears that what's really taboo is autonomy. Like in Clissine, this is a perfect mirror of how fundamentalism views the roles of marriage partners and women in particular.
The second half of the book is about the married couple who are essentially responsible for Clissa's "reeducation" or conversion therapy. I was torn in both stories as to how I felt about them. They are a loving couple, and they certainly provide insight into the minds of the strictly religious. However, I was still left with lingering unease despite their relationship. I'm not sure what the intended message is with regard to their marriage and their treatment of Clissa.
After reading both books, my conclusion is that I could never live in either of the societies presented here. In both, there is a distinct lack of choice, and binary family roles are strictly enforced. I already know what would happen in a strictly patriarchal society when a person does not fall neatly within the boundaries of gender or sexuality, and we know what happens to heterosexuals in Clissa's society. But what happens in Clissa's world to someone who doesn't fall neatly into binary categories of gender, role, or sexuality? This is perhaps the best mark of the excellent writing, that it leads to further speculation.
On the whole, I enjoyed this slightly less than the first book, but I think that's a function of being left with more questions than answers rather than it being objectively less good. I hope that means we're in for further insights into Bastia and how it came to be.
For beautiful, evocative prose, outstanding characters, and an intriguing premise, this gets 5 stars.
If you have read any of this author's books, you will know that physical descriptions are kept at a minimum. This book is similar, and as such the story is unencumbered by over description, allowing the reader to use their imagination to the fullest and to feel every emotion the characters feel. Moving on to Part Two, readers are introduced to Soris, Karielle and their respective families. As readers follow these two characters living their daily lives, readers will learn more about Bastian law and culture. Both characters struggle to accept each other and find balance in their new roles as a newly wedded couple under the strict laws of Bastia. What I especially liked in this part is the way the author describes emotions because it all matches the characters' points of view and matches their personality. Part Two while much lighter than Part One, is certainly not fluffy.
Part Three is a mixture of emotionally heavy and light reading and an extension to the last chapter in Part Two as it gives a bit more background to the events in that chapter. The first chapter for this part is a display of the unforgiving consequences of breaking the laws of Bastia and perhaps, also a reflection of the attitudes we have observed in our own world regarding homosexuality. The chapter is intense and certainly memorable in many ways. All in all, I enjoyed this story very much! Not only because it was a long awaited installment to the 'storyverse' but also because it is a thoughtful story on the human condition and a reflection of our own prejudice against people who do not fit the norm. I highly recommend this book.
This is a must read!
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