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Witches Paperback – March 1, 2004
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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About the Author
Erica Jong is the author of the novels Fear of Flying, Shylock's Daughter, Inventing Memory, and Sappho's Leap. She has also written six volumes of poetry and a number of nonfiction works, including the memoir Fear of Fifty. Joseph A. Smith, a painter and sculptor, is a professor of fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York City.
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I loved reading Erica Jong (growing up in the 70's, I had a good sense of Feminism) and in this book, she excels: It is a difficult tale to tell. The history of the Wise Woman/Old Religion is rife with joy, dispare, secrets, discovery, misery and triumph. She touches on the better-known aspects of The Craft and suggests a few, more hidden things but to go deeper would not be in keeping with the traditions of word-of-mouth information handed down from woman to woman, healer to healer, human to human. Some things are best left in shadow.
The art work is lovely. Heart-breaking renditions of the atrocities committed by those in authority will remain with you. A good coffee table book IF you don't mind freaking out your mother-in-law-- or maybe even so ... if you DO! Some need their Spiritual Cages rattled!
Funny enough I also think the book looks nicer without the white dust jacket on it as pictured. It's bound in marbled blue with gold writing and a gold symbol. Sitting the dust jacket aside to keep it from getting torn only enhances this one.
My copy was used as I wanted hardcover, but it came in excellent condition!