- Paperback: 139 pages
- Publisher: So New Media; 1st edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977815145
- ISBN-13: 978-0977815142
- Package Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,039,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If Tom Robbins and Exene Cervenka had hot, filthy sex in some dank back alley, their illegitimate lovechild might look something like Amy GÃ¼th. Her debut novel, Three Fallen Women, manages to be both touching and terrifying, sentimental and demented, ferociously dark and unapologetically hopeful. GÃ¼th strings together words like a punk rock poet, taking the reader on a literary ride that can sometimes feel like being stuffed into a body bag, beaten with lead pipes, and then thrown into a ravine - but in a good way. What's most captivating about her novel is how it refuses to be defined. Is it an urban romance for cynics? A feminist battle cry? A tale of personal metamorphosis? The building blocks of a new religion? However you categorize it, if you don't come out the other side a changed person, you're either dead inside or lacking anything resembling a soul. Anybody who thinks that the patriarchy needs a suckerpunch to the ballsack won't be disappointed by Three Fallen Women." --Eric Spitznagel, author of Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter
About the Author
Amy GÃ¼th writes daily at Big Mouth Indeed Strikes Again and monthly at Eleuthromaniac, a socio-feminist column for Outcry Magazine. Her work has previously appeared in The Believer, Monkeybicycle, Four Magazine, and PerformInk Magazine.
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This novel is also, on the level of plot, a story of reinvention, of weaving oneself together after having been broken into scattered shards. One woman dips into opiates, another sliced open men's bodies with a scalpel, performing speedy surgery-in-reverse - "Vengeance for the souls of a million fallen women who never mustered up the ovaries to fly away," is how she describes her "campaign" of killing. (122) Another continues to quest after the happiness promised by myths of romance, or at least "being wanted for a companion, not a lay," imagining a Valentine pulsing beneath her flesh, muscles, and living cage of bones. (62)
Raw fears, desires, and hatreds are strung into such garlands of imagery. Early in the text a physical metaphor is offered for a theory of haunting, the idea that there are "slinking, ethereal ropes... constantly trailing behind us, thinning when we are on autopilot and thickening more and more as we get closer to our authentic primal selves." (17) Organic traces, smeared through the very spirit of the air - this is itself a useful metaphor for the energy that writhes and twitches through this book.
3FW tells the story of three different women with three very different lives and approaches to the events and circumstances they encounter, but who, even in their diversity, cope with somehow similar issues in their own ways. The meticulous writing style is an excellent contrast to the deep and universal issues addressed in the book and produces wonderful imagery, conjuring with equal verisimilitude scenes of joy or despair, conventional behavior or absurdity. A great read; hopefully one of many to come from this talented writer.
Lucky for me, I enjoyed this novel. There were times when the images were so shocking, that I set it down and walked away. But I always came back to keep reading.
I found the book to be a challenging read--it is intense, it is visual, it is poetic. The images she strings together are wonderful and you'll want to reread the section written from the bullet's point of view.
This is the way that post-post-modern is meant to be written. Read it, recommend it, give it to your favorite reader.