Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley, courtesy of Open Road Media.
This book is not going to be to everyone’s tastes. It is part fiction, part fact, part essay, part poem. Griffin’s style, at least in this volume, reminds one of Eduardo Galeano’s style when writing about the discovery of the Americas. It is almost episodic, but no less powerful for that.
The book links women to nature, drawing upon what various philosophers, rulers, and historian wrote or said. Of course, the majority of these writers are men. Griffin, however, takes it further; she compares the domestication of nature to the role of women. One of the most powerful sequences is about horses and dressage. It’s an interesting concept. While the casual reader might think that Griffin makes up most of her information, this is far from the case. The book also includes notes, which can be quickly adapted into a further reading list.
While Griffin’s book didn’t teach me anything new about women in history, her writing is powerful and compelling.