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it is hinted that irina has become this way because she suffered sexual abuse in her childhood and teenage years. My only caveat is that I have to find said unlikable characters interesting: Emma Bovary, for instance, is not a particularly clever character, you could say she is quite the opposite.

Irina is the perfect balance of antiheroine and villain, a protagonist who reflects the reader in glittering little shards as often as she repulses. Like yes, protect queer relationships and let us be considered legal and normal, but also yes abuse can happen in them and we shouldn’t allow people to suffer in silence. The ‘hook’, that of a ‘pervy’ female photographer, had potential for the first 30% of the narrative. I’m relatively new to good reads and thought this was a safe space to share my reviews (not many of my friends read and was hoping to find community here), I didn’t expect to be publicly mocked for it.I spent 200 pages in the head of someone I loathed and I don't feel, personally, like I got anything out of the experience. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. There was something profoundly simplistic about the way these themes are explored and the narrator is one of the dullest galls I have ever had the misfortune to read about.

Men lash out at her and she is often in danger (her works bring out a LOT of bad behavior from the men) and some of the violence is legitimate self-defense. However, says Greer, Clark also shows how easily her work gets swallowed by “the machine of capitalism and the patriarchy of the art world”.She captures dialogue and regional accents as if she bottled it up from the air and pinned it to the page where, still fresh and alive, it squirms in discomfort as much as the reader.

Which sounds all right, until you start to see the woman behind the art: is she making a statement or does she just enjoy hurting people? Joyce hopes audiences will leave with different ideas of what Irina is or isn’t capable of doing: “I’d like it if they argued about that afterwards.Quelle surprise, she later has sex with someone she deems weak who asks her to slap him she starts hitting him until he starts crying and this leads to the classic ‘victim becomes abuser’ kind of observation that doesn’t really go deeper than that.

When she’s offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery which promises to revive her career in the art world, it should feel like an escape. Anyhow, the man who Irina abuses most happens to be a lot younger than her and, unlike her, despite the story's initial attempts at painting her as a struggling artist, her name is known in artsy circles and she can afford her living expense and the type of materials required to print out her edgy photos, he works at Tesco. I just - as a ridiculously squeamish little loser who cannot handle blood, gore, or people being sick - obviously hated every second of it. Yet for all the power Irina exhibits over others, there is still the aspect of a patriarchal society she works within and how dangerous it is for women. i felt bad for flo, she was the collateral damage in all of irina's outbursts, and just in a roundabout friendship with her.Irina’s expression of both her sexual and creative desire stands out: “We don’t often see or encounter women who feel free to express that they like sex in this way,” Joyce says. this is a portrayal of how many people, men especially, who were previously abused in the past, become abusers. Flo (i had to check her name, that's how memorable she is) is a rip off of Reva from MYORAR who exists to be the classic female friend in love with our female protagonist who does not and will not ever reciprocate her feelings. There are occasional moments of dry wit, but not enough to sustain what turns out to be a tiring, wafer-thin plot. This book radiates the kind of feminist energy that Cara Delevingne wearing that ‘peg the patriarchy’ outfit at the met gala gives.

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