A Woman's Life [ePub]

by Susan Cheever

For this book Cheever extensively interviewed a woman she thought was representative of the Boomer generation and then told her story.

Summary:Perfect child and cheerleader, Linda Green grew up in an era when women expected men to take care of them and the ticket out of a family home was marriage. She became a hippie in the 1960s, lived in a commune, experimented with drugs and open marriage. Now Linda is remarried, teaches school, and leads a conventional middle class life in a suburb of Boston.

While there was a certain fascinating watching-a-train-wreck aspect to it (Linda lets everyone walk all over her), I have to say I really, really hated it.I thought Cheever's writing was poor and disorganized, but even worse were her completely unsubstantiated pronouncements on human nature, which rang annoyingly false to me.A little example:

p. 183"Pregnancy is difficult for women but it is even more difficult for men.Men are often literal creatures, and pregnancy asks them to change the way they act and think on the basis of an abstract principle—the expected birth of a child."

Cheever randomly states this even after she started the paragraph by saying, "Stranger than the physical discomforts was Linda's sense of impending doom.She desperately wanted a child, but she knew that the child would change everything in ways she couldn't imagine.She felt like a passenger in a car headed for a cliff."

Aside from the fact that she presents no basis for her opinions stated as facts, and that she is incredibly negative about the whole thing, don't her descriptions describe a similar experience between the sexes?Doesn't Linda feel exactly the same as Cheever is saying a MAN would feel?She did stuff like this throughout, and it was really grating to me.

17.10.2011

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