When She Woke (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 4 octobre 2011
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Présentation de l'éditeur
In the mid–21st century, a young woman in Texas awakens to a nightmare: her skin has been genetically altered, turned bright red as punishment for the crime of having an abortion.
Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke depicts an American dystopia where terrorist attacks, natural disasters and a pandemic causing infertility have swung the country to the far right, and convicted criminals are “chromed” according to the nature of their crime and then released. A stigmatized woman in a hostile and frightening world, Hannah Payne must seek a path northward to safety. Her perilous journey becomes one of self-discovery and transfiguration as she realizes that faith, love and sexuality are not just political. They’re personal.
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan’s first novel (a national bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K. and a local bestseller in Canada), won the 2006 Bellwether Prize and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Longlisted for the 2009 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Mudbound was also the 2008 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association) Fiction Book of the Year. Additionally, it was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, Borders Original Voices selection, Book Sense Pick and Waterstone’s New Voices pick.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
Biographie de l'auteur
HILLARY JORDAN’s first novel, Mudbound, was an international bestseller and the winner of both the Bellwether Prize for Fiction and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was named one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste magazine and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Her second novel, When She Woke, was one of BookPage’s Best Books of the year and a BookList Editor’s Choice for Best Fiction of the year. Jordan grew up in Texas and Oklahoma and now lives in New York City.
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de plus ce livre pose des questions de fond sur la culpabilité, la rédemption, la société et son regard cruel , la beauté,la notion
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There are a lot of opinions and views on thorny issues in this book, but it doesn't try to press them onto you, which is a plus. Others have said that it was ambiguous, but I think of that as a strength. It doesn't tell us what do or think. It's up to us to decide our opinion for ourselves, which might not be the easiest task, but protects individuality and freedom of speech. As for morals, I think they're just strongly stated opinions. The best morals are the ones that we take from the book ourselves. Whether you find one or not depends on the individual. The moral I took from this was that with strength of character and faith in yourself, one can take on the world. Which is what the main character did.
One idea that I found interesting, though it was not as obviously stated as abortion, religion, and such, was the effect of other people on the individual psyche. The punishment of chromed skin works by isolating one from the majority, marking one as a pariah. There's no one to talk to, no one to confide in. Strong as Hannah was, she could never had made it without Kayla, her family, and later, members of the resistance. We depend on other people for companionship, to lean on, to remember our existence when we die. To prove that we matter, that our existence isn't all just a dream.
People say that it's a parallel to the Scarlet Letter. Personally, I haven't gotten around to reading that particular classic yet. But I'm pretty sure I would still like this one better. More modern, and chillingly imminent.
I'm not surprised at the four-star review. As always, solid opinions and controversial issues disagree with some. Otherwise, they wouldn't be opinions. Don't read this book if you want to stay exactly as you are, opinions and all, because you're going to come away changed.
It was suspenseful, gripping, inventive, and tackles a whole swarm of issues.
I loved it.
Within a year, this is my third read of this novel; each time, I discover new reactions to each character--featured and secondary. Beautiful, strange yet possible, this is a novel that will grip you in a multitude of depths and leave you hoping that history, as depicted by Jordan, will not repeat itself for it rings the truths of the horrors and wonders of the past results of society's reactions to fear mixed with too many turning a blind-eye. This is a must read.
While it was published five years ago, I am angry because "When She Woke" hit a little too close to 2017 reality. I am angry that I find myself living in a society where many, many people are finding their dignity, civil and human rights trampled on by a reality TV President. I'm angry because facts are labeled fake, science and education is considered elitist, and ignorance is celebrated. I am angry because I see good people, in the name of their gods, destroying things that make my country great.
This is a coming of age story in a dystopic America. A dystopia that feels closer to current reality than I bet Hillary Jordan could have ever imagined when she was writing. Or maybe not. Hillary's genius may be she's been paying closer attention than I have. I'm sure she was a better student at Wellesley than I was too.
"When She Woke" is a cautionary tale. It is also a redemptive tale. It is a tale I encourage all my friends to read.