Daughters of the North: A Novel Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00166YCBA
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This novel was ok, but I felt a little let down - I was expecting much better from an author shortlisted for the Booker, although maybe my expectations were part of the problem.

It started off well, and the concept of the dystopian society she creates is intriguing and a bit frightening. Some of the events and ideas, like the contraceptive coils, make you think about where society may be heading. Overall, Hall writes well, but I found myself a little bored with her descriptions. There are scenes where she definitely suffers from telling-instead-of-showing-syndrome. I just couldn't really bring myself to care very much about the protagonist, Sister, or really any of the other characters.

The ending was pretty anti-climactic, and felt like a cop-out - you'll see what I mean when you get there. Overall it wasn't very powerful, which is something I would expect from a dystopian novel like this. When the end came, I was unimpressed. I anticipated something really thought-provoking that would have me lying awake the next three nights thinking about it, but this one just didn't do it. It starts off strong, but loses is punch along the way.
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I thought this was excellent. Definitely not your light-hearted beach read, but still, I couldn't put it down and was up late 2 nights in a row trying to finish it. I am just guessing that the writer accomplished what she had hoped, with me at least. It made me think more deeply about our world--pollution, conflict, terrorism, war, food shortages, genocide and how we react to all these things. The importance of gender equality, standing up for your beliefs.....I could go on and on. I found the characters interesting and "Sister" likeable. I especially enjoyed her journey to a strong and healthy warrior, even though part of me found it sad. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I think it was because addt'l info wasn't necessary and perhaps would've distracted from the poignancy of the ending.
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This book can be read on many levels and unfortunately read into (incorrectly) many ways. A fable about misogyny, global warming, dystopian society, hetero- homosexual, lesbian love, marriage, family. Alright, it may touch many of these bases, but the the greatest accomplishment of this novel is the evocative atmosphere and the characters who are living in it and are influenced by it.

"Sister," the protagonist is transformed before our eyes on each page as are the other characters throughout the book. The haunting mileau of a futuristic northern England is almost unique and the reader will feel that he has actually lived there. The book must be closely read to be fully experienced (oh cliches!) but how better to suggest its finely tuned qualities (try explaining the effect of any music on the listener).

Of course, the pretensions of a world so convuluted in all manners, that has been the seemingly logical end of our present world, are re-enforced by Ms. Hall's examination not only of what might happen in the future, but what might happen beyond that future. I almost expected to find Sappho singing on a rocky hillside singing this fable (I hope she would not be too cold in the northern clime).
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Reminiscent of (but inferior to) the Handmaid's Tale - an interesting take on a radically dystopian & totalitarian future society. Other Amazon reviewers have referenced global warming as the source of the unnamed environmental disaster, but the book itself does not specify this. Actually, the book is vague on most of the details about how Britain came to suffer this horrible fate.

Good story, interesting & strong female characters. A bit heavy-handed, and the ending feels cut short. There more to this story than the author chose to tell - the book skips over the time between our "heroines" planning their rebellion to the end of the battle, which I found quite unsatisfying.

Overall interesting, but I would borrow from the library instead of purchase.
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A beautifully-written and evocative novel that totally drops the ball come ending time. The author does a decent job of building the story, only to let it fall to the ground at the absolute last second. It's like she realized the plot she was setting herself up for would take another two hundred pages to write, and the idea exhausted her, so she took the laziest route out. This could've really been something otherwise, and I still think it would make an evocative miniseries on HBO or something like that.
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This story would've been much more enjoyable if the author had used words and meanings familiar to readers NOT OF ENGLAND! I wasn't sure if she used so much colloquial language to make it difficult for others to understand, or if native Englanders actually speak/spoke like that.
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I quite enjoyed this short novel, and will certainly read more of the author's work. Some have drawn comparisons to Handmaid's Tale, and those are apt, but I'd submit that a better comparison (and this is lofty company, by my measure!) might be Sherri S. Tepper's wonderful ecofeminist novel, The Gate to Women's Country. This novel raises questions not unlike those raised in Tepper's novel; questions about violence and gender, about sexuality, and about the nature of utopia and dystopia.

I found the prose style to strike a very good balance -- rich and often detailed but not to the point of slowing down the story. The story itself is compelling, and kept my attention throughout. It focuses mostly on the narrator and her growth, rather than on the greater events surrounding her -- but is no less engaging for that.

Two things marred the novel slightly, to my mind.

There are several points where the story jumps abruptly forward in time. This, in itself, is not an inherent flaw, but the first time it happens is late enough into the novel that it seemed to come from left field. If such time jumps had been established earlier, I'd have accepted them without question, as part of the organic structure of the tale. But introducing such a device later made it seem clumsy.

The other element that I found less than satisfactory (MILD SPOILERS) is the ending, as has been mentioned by other reviewers. It was exceedingly abrupt, made more so because we get to the final part of the tale through one of the aforementioned time jumps. It felt as though we were dropped into the middle of the action at the end, with no sense of context, and then the story cut off precipitously. (END SPOILERS)

These issues notwithstanding, this is a very good read. Thought provoking and vividly painted, it's worth your time ... read this book!
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