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- ASIN: B003FVB4M4
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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Woman: An Intimate Geography (Paperback) Unknown Binding – 2000
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WOMAN, throughout its nearly four hundred pages, is exquisitely written. By brilliantly blending her scientific data with acute personal insights and by her expert use of language--exuberant and optimistic when the message is merry, solemn and meticulous when the message is most serious--Angier manages to create for her reader a kind of scientific poetry of the body.
Ms. Angier's book should appeal to women of all ages: to adolescents for whom she lucidly illuminates the lovely tapestries of their bodies; to women of child-bearing age whom her encyclopedic information will help in making the difficult reproductive decisions of our era; and it will appeal to older women who have lived through so much feminist history (and turmoil)since Simone de Beauvoir first expelled us from the Garden of Ignorance. Angier's stylistic eloquence bathes us all in her affection and respect for women; she blesses us with the strength and resilience of her language; she nourishes us, evoking our most primordial response even as we absorb her intellectual richness at their source--giving us what every human needs--affection and knowledge, from our stem cells to the final Silence.
Angier certainly does convey the wonder of the female body, the absolute miracle of the biology that creates and sustains life. And she also makes a compelling case for the argument that the biology of women has traditionally been seen as 'other,' with the norm being male, and that writing, opinion and diagnoses (particularly psychological) have often sprung from this misconception - the fact that every fetus starts of as female still does nothing to convince people that woman are not the second sex. Many of the recent books I've read in evolutionary biology highlight this basic dichotomy, with the male traits still somehow the 'better,' more highly evolved ones (of course, that many female writers feel differently illustrates clearly how science, a 'rational,' 'logical' and 'intellectual' discipline is nevertheless highly subjective).
I think that Woman is marvelous in its celebration of woman and her unique capacity to give birth (with the help, of course...). The myths about menstruation that have been around forever - including the current theory du jour that women don't NEED to menstruate - have made it a curse, a major pain, a source of suffering, and it cretinaly is amazingly refreshing to have it and other parts of being female actually spoken of in wonder at nature's incredible artistry to devise such cool ways of keeping a woman's body healthy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Life is ambiguous- is the glass half-full, or half empty? One can gather all the facts, all the science available, and you end up with something resembling a matted coat of hair. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Zeile
Man or woman, there is plenty you don't know about human females and this book fixes that.Published 5 months ago by Bill
I came to this book after reading Naomi Wolf's "Vagina: A New Biography," which I had trouble with for the many reasons stated in that book's negative reviews. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam Orford
I know a helluva lot more abt women than I did before I read this book.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Angier writes in a simple "cheeky" truly pleasurable style about difficult scientific research and data. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is very, very verbose. It is a great subject, but this book could've been 1/6th the length.Published 13 months ago by Xin He