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Life Paperback – October, 2004
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Like all of Jones's work, "Life" demands -- and amply repays -- close reading. -- Gerald Jonas, New York Times, November 14, 2004
Remarkably rich and sophisticated. -- Locus, November, 2004
Top Customer Reviews
"Life" is a science fiction novel with very little sci-fi, and a "big idea" that is a bit too subtle, and which takes rather a long time to become clear. But it's an incredibly satisfying read, and a wonderful, naked , painful picture of enduring love in an absolutely believable day-after-tomorrow world.
Though the issues are very interesting and really make you think, the author seems to try too hard to make you notice. Insightful but I found it difficult to even care about the characters...
While Jones does a wonderful job of establishing the fundamental conflicts (traditional gender roles in both family and career), I feel much of her message gets lost in complex characters, subplots and otherwise trivial events. It is this reader's opinion that Jones spent too much time trying to shock the reader with controversial and sometimes uncomfortable characters and situations and far too little time developing the main message of gender roles in the 21st century. In many ways it seems this book could not decide what it wanted to be - either a racy and provocative exploration of sex or a thought provoking exploration of gender. Unfortunately, with this reader anyway, it missed the mark on both counts.
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