- Capa comum: 336 páginas
- Editora: Mariner Books; Edição: Reprint (24 de maio de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0544704835
- ISBN-13: 978-0544704831
- Dimensões do produto: 13,5 x 2,3 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 318 g
- Avaliação média: 1 avaliação de cliente
Dietland (Inglês) Capa Comum – 23 mai 2016
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Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
But when Plum notices she s being followed by a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots, she finds herself falling down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House, a community of women who live life on their own terms. Reluctant but intrigued, Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with the real costs of becoming beautiful. At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
Part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession from the inside out and with fists flying.
Dietland is a book I have been waiting for someone to write all my life, and it hit me hard right where I live, right where so many of us have wasted too much time living. It s courageous, compassionate, intelligent, pissed off, and much more fun than it has any right to be. I can think of twenty people I want to buy it for, without even trying.
Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
Sarai Walker s audacious, hilarious, yet surprisingly touching novel begins by spoofing the weight-loss industry and moves on to a devastating fantasy in which an avenger known as Jennifer targets men who prey on women. Through it all marches Plum, a fat woman who learns to love herself as she is, and whom I loved at all stages of her education. Keenly intelligent, daring, and original, Dietland has something important to say to us all.
Alice Mattison, author of The Book Borrower
Sarai Walker is an immensely talented writer and her debut novel, Dietland filled with wit, wisdom, and wonder is a pleasure.
Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
The first rule of Dietland is you should definitely talk about Dietland. And I suspect you ll want to. Gather your book clubs, gather all the Jennifers you know! At first you ll think you re reading a familiar story: a woman who works at a women s magazine tries to lose weight. And then POW! Dietland lithely moves in ways and to places you won t expect. Sarai Walker has a wonderfully curious mind, and this is an impressive, ambitious first novel.
Gabrielle Zevin, best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Sarai Walker has written a call to arms. Devious, subversive, delightful, Dietland is a Scum Manifesto set to a pop music beat and Plum Kettle is a feminist hero for the modern age.
Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
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Told mainly through the lens of its 300-pound main character, Plum, this is a book that makes you cringe at the way society tends to treat people who don't fall within an "acceptable"--whatever that means--body type.
However, the book is more than that as the narrative is framed as a deep, deep deconstruction of what drives the kind of discrimination and cruelty Plum faces. It's an exploration of themes of acceptability that encourage women to subvert their feelings and subject themselves to extreme dietary and beauty methods in order to fit into the narrow (quite literally) role society defines for them. The book is a pretty disturbing meditation on the ways women are encouraged to strive for a "best self" that has little to do with a woman's own happiness or interests in life.
This aspect of the book in particular left me unsettled. It's as if Plum isn't a person, but a project. Rather than engaging with and living her life, she's put it on hold until a future version of herself can start living it. After being bombarded with messages both implicit and explicit, it's easy to see why she lives in the kind of stasis she does, and it's a state I think many women can probably relate to. It's sadly common for women to think things like "when I'm ten pounds thinner, I'll...", begging the question of what they'll do in the interim. Why do women often do this? Why not go out and live the life we have while we have it to live?
I thought Plum herself was a good embodiment of the utter frustration, confusion, and outright pain of being a woman. This book tackles a lot--weight, beauty standards, porn, rape--precisely because women are bombarded with all of these things, often on a daily basis. In a startling scene, one character discusses this and then asks whether it could be considered a form of terrorism. I think there's something to that point.
I could not put this book down, but I gave it four stars instead of five because I was uncomfortable with the violence, even though I suspect that's part of the point. After all, we live in a world where violence is disproportionately visited on women, and we're making very slow progress with changing that sad fact.
What could this book possibly have for me: a slender, sixty-something year old woman?
Answer: more than I thought possible. I will say, some of the outrageous events seemed a bit overdone - initially - until I understood the premise; then I was on board. I've spent my entire life worried about every calorie I consumed, a practice that started when I spent a year as an anorexic teenager my first year of college. Being obsessed with exercising went hand in hand with the calorie obsession but rather than being something I enjoyed for the past several decades, it's felt like an obligation which quickly turned into a guilt-ridden trip so that when I didn't exercise enough - or at all - I was one miserable person.
A recent acute back episode forced me into stagnation, which is why I finally read Dietland. I haven't been able to exercise AT ALL for three-plus weeks and I've felt miserable as a result ... until I read Dietland and realized that I was STILL trying to fit into my anorexic mold, even though I'm far from super skinny as I was as a practicing anorexic. Ms. Walker's writing - and yes, some of her preaching - convinced me that I am absolutely fine even though I don't exercise. Trust me, once my back releases me, I'll be exercising again but I won't be obsessing over exercising. I'll be doing what I need to do to stay healthy and I'll stop majoring over clothing size and MY perception of how my body looks when I'm one pound "overweight."
Yes, Sarai, you've done it. You've written a fabulous book that taught this woman in her early 60s a thing or two.