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13 September 2017


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Here's one: read this book.
It is just a little subset of stories, but one to identify with, empathize with, and wonder at. Birth, like life and the people who live it, is infinitely complex and varied despite its basic premise.

I am totally squeamish about that sort of thing! That and female circumcision. I am totally squeezing my thighs shut as I type.

I did read The Birth of Love! It was for a menage and it certainly was an interesting book. I keep meaning to pick up another novel by Kavenna (like Inglorious) and haven't managed it yet.

Historical Fiction, in my experience at least, will sometimes depict birth and child-bearing.

CR Fan,
The perfect way to describe birth. I'm going to steal that sometime. "Infinitely complex and varied despite its basic premise."

Oh, I get it. When I think about what I went through to have kids I squeeze my thighs shut! Ha.
But reading about it doesn't bother me at all. There ARE subjects I literally cannot read about--two in particular, that I am not going to list, because I don't even want to type them--but this is not one of them. Although maybe I'll have to add a third. Because I don't think I could read about female circumcision either.

We should have a menage. I know I've asked before, but...suggestions?

And thanks for the tip about historical fiction. I was always a bit disdainful about historical fiction until Poldark came along and blew my world, so maybe I'll have to try some more of it out!

Two suggestions (both fiction, SORRY):

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe coupled with Pym! by Mat Johnson OR

Something by H.P. Lovecraft coupled with Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.

Chiming in WAAAY late (look, there was a lot of Life going on the past few months) but I have got to say this.

My absolute favourite fictional depiction of pregnancy and childbirth is in ...

wait for it ...

BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer.

Yes, *that* Stephenie Meyer.

Because whatever you think of the TWILIGHT books (and I have many, many, MANY thoughts), I give her full credit for being just about the only fiction author I can recall who accurately conveyed both the desperate longing for a pregnancy coupled with the horror and toll it can take on the female body--while everybody and their brother (without exaggeration) thinks that they know better than the pregnant woman, and isn't shy about saying so out loud--up to and including what it feels like to die in childbirth. BTDT, literally*.

I strongly suspect that Meyer's pregnancies were very similar to mine.

*I got better.

We're always glad when you chime in whenever!!

Do you know I never got as far as Stephenie's "Breaking Dawn"? I thought Edward was a big weenie and as soon as it was clear that Bella was not going Team Jacob, I was done. But you are really making me re-evaluate that decision...

And you totally know your birth story is one I want to hear. It's got it all. Birth, death, happy ending (you got better). Now that is a Story, capital S.

p.s. thanks for using acronyms like BTDT so I have to look them up and try to keep up with you and all the youngsters. I am hopelessly uncool.

Hmmm....the Lovecraft suggestion...did you know I LOVE Matt Ruff!? But that novel of his is 372 pages...am I up for it? I just don't know.

Matt Ruff is awesome. SEWER GAS AND ELECTRIC is still my fave, for its pitch-perfect takedown of Objectivism, but LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is close behind.

You know what would make a great menage? Charles Lovett's LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL (my current recommend-to-everyone book) plus Trollope's BARCHESTER TOWERS plus Andrew Gant's O SING UNTO THE LORD (a history of Anglican church music which nobody will probably read but me but it will give me a great excuse to push it higher on my to-read list)

This would chime every Anglophile bell in your belfry, I promise.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE TROLLOPE. I have read Barchester Towers but would happily read it again.

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