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Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2020
When you read a novel as well written as The Mere Wife, you remember why you always loved reading so much. From the opening paragraph, to every time you pick up the book where you left off last, you are immediately transported to the place in the book.
This is the companion book to Maria Dahvana Headley’s feminist translation of Beowulf, where Headley contemporizes the characters in the Old English fable to suburban America. Women are the fighters and saviors, men are the cowards and gold diggers, and the innocent are the victims.
This book underlines the social prejudices that, even as they were seeming to disappear in many civilized societies, are still fracturing our humanity: Elitism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, genocide, homophobia and the resulting violence that these ugly traits incite. Mx. Headley shows how the people pointing the fingers are the monsters, not the ones being pointed at.
Headley has a writing gift few other writers are able to possess or give.
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By Stephen M. Page on December 18, 2020
When you read a novel as well written as The Mere Wife, you remember why you always loved reading so much. From the opening paragraph, to every time you pick up the book where you left off last, you are immediately transported to the place in the book.
This is the companion book to Maria Dahvana Headley’s feminist translation of Beowulf, where Headley contemporizes the characters in the Old English fable to suburban America. Women are the fighters and saviors, men are the cowards and gold diggers, and the innocent are the victims.
This book underlines the social prejudices that, even as they were seeming to disappear in many civilized societies, are still fracturing our humanity: Elitism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, genocide, homophobia and the resulting violence that these ugly traits incite. Mx. Headley shows how the people pointing the fingers are the monsters, not the ones being pointed at.
Headley has a writing gift few other writers are able to possess or give.
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