X and Why: The rules of attraction: why gender still matters
Reviewed by Jaylynn Korrell. A raw, fleshy understanding of womanhood. Told in three parts, Sarah Rose Etter spares no creative detail with this unique story. In The Book of X, Cassie is born with the same medical condition that plagues her mother and grandmother: a knot protruding from her stomach. Throughout her life she is met with disdain from her peers, a freak in their eyes. At home she is being sculpted into a housewife, a role that seems unlikely for her personality, and as she ages, we witness the mundanity that takes over with the auto-pilot button pushed on her life.
The Book of X follows Cassie, a girl who is born with her stomach literally twisted in a knot, from her childhood into her adult years. Cassie is raised on a meat farm, a piece of land with an enormous quarry where her father and brother work all day mining meat. Yet she continues to be inhibited by her physical deformity, always dreaming of a life without the knot and never content. This novel is an incredible example of surrealism in current literary fiction. Etter blurs the line between the grotesque and real life, normative experiences. In one scene, the world appears as it should be, in the next it may as well be melting before your eyes like a Dali painting.
The story of Nina X's imprisonment, and her path to eventual freedom, is compelling and chilling and all too believable. This is a book that explores many of the same themes as its predecessor — the boundaries of the self, the clash between extremes of historical attempts at collectivism and the hyper-individualism of contemporary society, the legacy of the false idealism of the 60s and 70s.
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“Book Review: The Book of X”
Because she may not be a woman overcome with lust, but an academic doing an experiment in modern sex research. This is just one of the quirky points covered in X and Why , a journey into gender science by the science editor of The Times. So whether you reckon trans…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in.