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Woman on the Edge of Time [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Marge Piercy
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12. November 1985
Connie Ramos, a woman in her mid-thirties, has been declared insane. But Connie is overwhelmingly sane, merely tuned to the future, and able to communicate with the year 2137. As her doctors persuade her to agree to an operation, Connie struggles to force herself to listen to the future and its lessons for today....

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fawcett; Auflage: Reissue (12. November 1985)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0449210820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449210826
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,5 x 9,4 x 2,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (14 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 74.227 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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First published in 1979, Marge Piercy's novel is both a drama of survival and a Utopian epic. Connie Ramos, 37, Mexican-American and unfairly incarcerated in a mental hospital, is the enduring central character in a book about differing visions of the future. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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She hated being around the shock shop. It scared her. Regularly some patients from L-6 were wheeled out for shock. One morning there would be no breakfast for you, and then you would know. They would wheel you up the hail and inject you to knock you out and shoot you up with stuff that turned your muscles to jelly, so that even your lungs stopped. You were a hair from death. You entered your death. Then they would send voltage smashing through your brain and knock your body into convulsions. After that they'd give you oxygen and let you come back to life, somebody's life, jumbled, weak, dribbling saliva - come back from your scorched taste of death with parts of your memory forever burned out. A little brain damage to jolt you into behaving right. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes a woman forgot what had scared her, what she had been worrying about. Sometimes a woman was finally more scared of being burned in the head again, and she went home to her family and did the dishes and cleaned the house. Then maybe in a while she would remember and rebel and then she'd be back for more barbecue of the brain. In the back wards the shock zombies lay, their brains so scarred they remembered nothing, giggling like the old lobotomized patients.

On that Wednesday she was sitting there hopefully, but Fargo was deep in gossip with another black attendant. Connie had gone up once for a light - the only way inmates could get a match was to beg for one - and had been told to wait a minute, honey, half an hour ago. Four other patients were waiting too with small requests. She knew better than to approach again. On her lap was spread yesterday's paper, a present from Fargo for cleaning up vomit, but she had read through it, including births and deaths and legal notices. Mrs. Martinez approached her, eyes meeting hers and then downcast in a gesture that reminded her suddenly of Luciente's orange eat. Several weeks had passed since she had been in contact with the future, although almost daily she felt Luciente's presence asking to be let through. Here in the violent ward she was afraid to allow contact, for she had to watch her step. She was never alone, not even in the toilets without doors, never away from surveillance. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, fasure... 21. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I originally was given this book to read for a college course called "Utopia/Dystopia" and I must say I was skeptical when I started, but a fan by the time I finished. Everyone seems to refer to this work as a "Feminist" book, but I find it more Humanist than anything else. Both futures presented here are a little two dimensional, the Utopia is all squeaky clean and bright while the Dystopia is plastic evil through and through, but it's the ideas and the characters which make this novel shine. The concepts presented are very attractive and (in my opinion) very advanced for the period in which this was written (1976! Doesn't show a bit.). I'm a big fan of HG Wells and David Gerrold, and this novel fits in nicely with the former's Utopian visions and the laters complex character development.
Piercy's mid 70's world is spot on; dirty, brown, and paranoid. Her treatment of the insane is both sensitive and compelling, it's hard to think of a more desperate character than poor Connie. And the ending is sweet (ohhhh so sweet!) and pleasantly vague at the same time.
I'm a guy. I like guy things. But I'm also very fond of this book (I'd put it in my top ten) and the views of social equality it presents. This book will age nicely, I can see it as a classic in another few decades. Our society is on the cusp of the genetic revolution, who's side are you on?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Woman On the Edge Of Time 17. Januar 2000
I was saddened to read negative reviews of this wonderful novel. Especially as most the negative reviews were based on how "feminist" this book is. If you consider feminism females being superior to males then no, you won't like this book. However if you feel that people should be judged on their abilities and achievements and that equality for all is a goal this is a book for you. Connie a poor woman in the 1970's is our hero. Able to recieve a sort of psychic impression of the future she travels back and forth seeing how events in her time affect the future. Labeled insane and put away in an asylum she reaches to the future to keep hold of her sanity. This book is a testament to how society's labels can steer your life's course.
Also found in this book are examples of possible futures, one to strive for and one to fear. The "utopian" future is especially wonderful to me for it shows a society that is not perfect but strives to overcome its imperfections, a world dealing with its problems not a world without problems. If you enjoy time travel and social issues in science fiction you may very well enjoy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great bleepin book 27. Mai 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I was assigned this book for a class 7 years ago. Didn't read it until 5 years ago, have since reread it frequently and have purchased copies for every single one of my nearest and dearest. Piercy's worlds are both foreseeable realities: do we succumb to the apathy that technology affords us and become its tools or do we use it as but one of our tools and take a proactive approach to making this world a better place to be. Critics may claim that this text is "anti-male" out of a pure allegiance to a patriarchal culture. We have become accustomed to this system which is quickly killing both our environment and our individuality. To suggest that men can be equal to women and vice versa is most definitely not anti-male. It is pro-human. Piercy taps the rage that most people internalize, especially women who live in a society which still subjugates them, makes them live in fear, and comes out with the best conclusion: one person can make a difference.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen human utopia 23. Mai 1999
I forgot my dreams and Marge Piercy put them in a book. How wonderful to read about a place with compassion; one that nurtures a person's talents, a community that actively diffuses anger between members, where all people have clean air, water, food. Just imagine a place where no one dies of hunger. No racism, sexism, ageism, classism! Then juxtapose it with a minority woman of impending middle-age, low income, low education, imprisoned in a mental institution. An amazing book, pointing out the ills of our society and the possiblities inherent in human beings on this earth.
A refresher course in all the good that compassion can do. Started reading the Dalai Lama's book "The Art of Happiness" and found amazing parallels.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shining feminist SF from a forgotten time 28. August 1998
Von Ein Kunde
My interest in time travel dates back to earliest childhood, but this entry into the genre was first published at a time when science fiction was nowhere to be found in movies or television, and the written word was for the last time its primary home. "Woman" is in the category of works with Vonnegut, where the novel is not composed with the intentions of satisfying fans of a genre, but to address every person to come across it. This is its unparalleled strength. The universal theme of sacrifice and lonely courage against tyrannies make this novel one of the great, if often overlooked, masterpieces of the 1970s.
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This novel is a feminist classic; it could have been written
yesterday instead of twenty years ago. Rather than merely
complaining about sexism and patriarchy, Piercy envisions an
entirely new societal structure, giving us a worthy future to
strive for. Not only feminist, this novel embraces a
humanistic ideal, where the individual can attain his or her
("per," as Piercy would have it) full potential. Best of
all, Piercy's characters are fully drawn, riveting in their
complexity. These are people you long to know in a world
you long to visit. This is the book you long to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I am delighted
I am delighted to have stumbled upon a feminist novelist who can portray a woman's view without resorting to continual male-bashing. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2000 von Liam Sauer-wooden
5.0 von 5 Sternen Made me a Piercy Fan
Read this for the same "Utopia/Dystopia" class - and was captivated. After having picked through a half dozen other books - I'm amazed at how Marge Piercy is able to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2000 von John A. Radi
1.0 von 5 Sternen irritating, frustrating and unrealistic
I picked up this book because of a great interest in Utopian/Dystopian literature. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this particular piece. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen Good idea, but not compelling
I absolutely love Marge Piercy's writing - both her poetry and her novels, but this one didn't do it for me. I liked the feminist utopian vision. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. August 1998 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Changed my life forever
heard the first many chapters read over the Radio and it was about five years later that I got ahold of a copy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Juni 1998 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Good intentions, but missed the point
I read this book recently, and believe it has its demographics picked well. If you are a feminist who sees no value whatsoever in the male gender, as well as no principles or... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Dezember 1997 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved it!
A wonderful read! I was told that this book fell into the genre of "feminist science fiction". Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Oktober 1997 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Only the best
This book is THE BEST BOOK EVER! It is a book that two people could read and think to completly different things. It also is an awakaning to our envirmental and social problems. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. August 1997 von yu100453@yorku.ca
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