The Water Cure

The Water Cure

Sophie Mackintosh / Aug 19, 2019

The Water Cure The Handmaid s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island raised to fear menKing has tenderly staked out a territ

  • Title: The Water Cure
  • Author: Sophie Mackintosh
  • ISBN: The Water Cure
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  • Page: 290
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  • The Handmaid s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear menKing has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky He has lain the barbed wire he has anchored the buoys in the water he has marked out a clear message Do not enter Or viewed fr The Handmaid s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear menKing has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky He has lain the barbed wire he has anchored the buoys in the water he has marked out a clear message Do not enter Or viewed from another angle Not safe to leave Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland The cult like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.But when their father, the only man they ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat and mouse game plays out Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent Can they survive the men A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 288 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Doubleday first published May 24th 2018 More Details Original Title The Water Cure ISBN 0385543875 ISBN13 9780385543873 Edition Language English Literary Awards Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist 2018 Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh Release date Jan 08, 2019 A gripping, sinister fable MARGARET ATWOOD, via TwitterLONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZEA MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 BY ENTERTAINMENT WE A gripping, sinister fable MARGARET ATWOOD, via TwitterLONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZEA MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, VOGUE, WASHINGTON POST, HUFFINGTON POST, VULTURE, LITHUB, REFINERY29 Mackintosh delicately draws the reader s attention with haunting, oblique prose N.K Jamison, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW A dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men Ingenious and incendiary THE NEW YORKER Eerily beautiful, this strange, unsettling novel creeps up and grabs hold of you PAULA HAWKINS, New York Times bestselling author of GIRL ON THE TRAIN Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sell copies, alas, it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel, we meet three sisters, Lia, Grace and Sky, who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and consequently referred to only as mother Their father, Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sell copies, alas, it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel, we meet three sisters, Lia, Grace and Sky, who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and consequently referred to only as mother Their father, not so subtly named King, recently left to get some supplies, but hasn t returned He was the one who decided to take the family away from civilization, claiming he wants to protect the women from male violence and the toxic outside world it remains unclear whether some environmental catastrophe has occurred or whether the meaning is purely metaphorical, hinting at toxic values or the toxic system of patriarchy Whatever might be the case, King s rule clearly is a patriarchy as well, and a particularly vicious one To toughen the kids and under the guise of teaching them survival techniques, both mother and King have severely abused the sisters, both physically and mentally Their disturbance becomes obvious to the reader as the book is told from the sisters perspectives The narrative also tells us that there used to be female visitors who sought shelter from male violence, insinuating that we are dealing with a kind of cult At the time the narrative sets in, none of these women are still there though the reaons for this remaining unclear When mother and the sisters are visited by three men, wellthings happen, don t even ask there s also King Lear somewhere in there but whatever So let me get this straight King is not saving women, he is torturing his female kids with the help of a woman their mother, who is described as particularly sadistic As a consequence, the sisters have numerous mental health issues, to put it mildly The fact that you can hardly tell them apart by their respective narrative voices doesn t help either these characters are nothing but dolls, carved out by their manipulative father On top of that, the women who visit the family fled from their tormentors to give up their agency again, subjugating themselves to dangerous and, let s face it, idiotic, pseudo religious cures, because they are fragile and weak and also morons who long for someone who tells them what to do torture or be tortured, is this the feminist message here Or that women are always looking for a savior Or that all women are victims of men, because all men try to manipulate them, even their fathers This brings us directly to the next issue I have with this book The total number of men you can take seriously in this text is zero, and when I read sentences like t here were men who naturally caused great harm It was built into them , I want to scream because the stupidity of it is so obvious Granted, one of the nutty sisters says it, but when you sell this as feminism, you have to be held to that standard Do you know why misogynists are so morally despicable Because they don t have to oppress women, there is no biological determinism at work, they decide to act like that If they had no choice, if the monolithic entity of all men existed, you couldn t even blame them Sigh I would be way less upset if they didn t force a non existent feminist angle upon this surreal tale, I guess This book is all about its cold and detached language, an unsettling atmosphere and lofty allusions the problem is that in the end, the story alludes to nothing This water is very, very shallow, and if I was Jeffrey Eugenides, I d be pretty upset that the marketing team has the audacity to compare this mess to The Virgin Suicides Whoever has the chance to read the latter instead of this do it flag 116 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Ioana I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine w I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine whether indeed it s worth buying Thank you for your review, it helped me decide no I think, from your description, this book would drive me bonkers Jan 27, 2019 06 07AM Meike Ioana wrote I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews Ioana wrote I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine whether indeed it s worth buying Thank you for You re than welcome, Ioana This book surely did a good job driving me bonkers Jan 27, 2019 08 19AM May 10, 2018 Hannah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, literary fiction This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vagueness and the hypnotic and introspective way this story unfolds.Sophie Mac This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vagueness and the hypnotic and introspective way this story unfolds.Sophie Mackintosh s prose is lush and evocative her sentences are breathtakingly beautiful and she spins her metaphors in such a brilliant way Imagery of water is threaded through the whole book, changing meaning and implication depending on the narrator and the context I adored that.The author plays with voices and perspectives in a way that I obviously loved I am a big fan of stories told, at least in parts, in a we perspective and Mackintosh wields that difficult voice expertly She switches perspectives in just the right moments and allows her narrators to be unreliable without loosing authenticity.At the heart, this is a story about sisters nobody is surprised that I love that and their disfunctional relationship The way in which flashbacks into their childhoods were integrated is brilliant and effortless and left me always wanting while being able to fill in some blanks myself I love it when authors trust me enough to do just that I found the parts that examined their love and the way their parents broke them to be by far the strongest, whereas the storyline with the men washed ashore did not always work for me.I thought that the pacing in the middle dragged a little, but the beginning and the ending were pitch perfect I cannot wait to see what Sophie Mackintosh does next, because I will definitely reading it.First sentence First we have a father, but our father dies without us noticing I received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Hamish Hamilton in exchange for an honest review flag 111 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Aug 18, 2018 Hannah Greendale rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves dystopian, literary, man booker nominee All the monsters in this book are women flag 81 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Seth spoilers I want to follow up and say that you can find evil women characters in almost every feminist novel or piece of creative work In the handma spoilers I want to follow up and say that you can find evil women characters in almost every feminist novel or piece of creative work In the handmaids tale, the commanders wife is obviously a monster but she is that way because she has been influenced by the evils of the men around her to protect herself and take it out on any other women she can The same goes for the mother in The Water Cure Is she a monster Absolutely But it s because of King that she acts that way and you can tell because near the end of the novel the author makes clear that the mother is sorry in some of her letters and that she realized King was wrong Jan 19, 2019 09 52PM Jacy Bittner Are you sure we read the same book Jan 27, 2019 02 36AM Jul 27, 2018 Trudie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves booker nominated, british, dystopia, read 2018 The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop I went into this blind not even aware it was a female dystopia.The writing is initially compelling, told in a sort of dreamy languid prose, the surroundings could be some sort of abandoned, decrepit, beachside resort if not for the unsettling cures You are never entirely sure if this family are su The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop I went into this blind not even aware it was a female dystopia.The writing is initially compelling, told in a sort of dreamy languid prose, the surroundings could be some sort of abandoned, decrepit, beachside resort if not for the unsettling cures You are never entirely sure if this family are survivors of some global apocalypse or the remnants of a cult The story is told briefly from the changing viewpoints of three sisters, but then almost entirely from one sister, Lia I am pleased the multi voice was dropped early on as I couldn t distinguish clearly between each sister in the beginning I have come to the conclusion that I am not the right reader for feminist dystopia I didn t enjoy The Power or The Natural Way of Things , both books that seem to me to explore a world view that boils down to, if you let them, men will drift to their base instincts and try to kill you I always hope for nuance in these ideas but I didn t particularly find it here The inevitable appearance of men in The Water Cure doesn t end well in ways that are unsurprising What I did admire was the prose, lyrical and lush with some some interesting ideas and a determination not to tell you everything you might wish to know I enjoyed playing the game of creating my own backstory to fill in some of the gaps left by the story, in which case this will make for a great book club book But ultimately I found The Water Cure emotionally cold and it made me feel a little miserable actually One could argue that this means the writer is doing their job, giving you some kind of emotional response This is a stunning debut novel that is deeply affecting and atmospheric but there is no getting away from the basic fact I didn t get much pleasure from it flag 54 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Dec 25, 2018 Navidad Th lamour added it Shelves netgalley, coming of age, contemporary fiction, full review, lit fic, magical realism, read 2018, short literary form, man booker prize Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure, is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off the mainland one fateful summer when they have their first experience with men other than their father Yep, that pretty much sums this one up Grace, Lia and Sky have been raised Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure, is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off the mainland one fateful summer when they have their first experience with men other than their father Yep, that pretty much sums this one up Grace, Lia and Sky have been raised on an island away from civilization for their entire lives view spoiler For the entire novel, I pictured them as being two teenagers and an elementary aged girl Imagine my surprise when, near the end of the novel, we find out that the two eldest are around 30 years old and the youngest is around 18 hide spoiler Grace is pregnant, though she s only ever even seen one man her entire life, her father Lia is in the middle of a summer without love the summer that the men arrive, she s been chosen in one of the family s rituals to be the person who goes without love until names are picked out of the bag again Sky is childlike and innocent, wholly dependent on their family unit and unwilling to stray from its teachings So, when King, their father dies, and the mother and three daughters are left alone on the island, anything can happen.There are two aesthetic items that really stood out to me about this book the title, which is perfectly harmonious with the content, and the beautiful imagery of the cover, which accurately ties it all together Both of these are fantastic representations of the bedrock of this book Admittedly, The Water Cure started out rough, and I was tempted to put it down Part one is a series of vignettes short, broken glimpses into their world that failed to satisfy There was not enough to fully hold on to I found the first part of this three part the novel to be yet another example of a narrative full of frilly words and curlicue phrases that all amounted to nothing exposition that skirted the truth of their reality, trying to veil it or twirl around it in a way that was annoyingly and often confusingly evasive I wished no YEARNED for Mackintosh to write head on instead of in a mass of purple prose nothingness Luckily, I was offered some reprieve in Part Two, where the narrative style switches up a bit, though it never wanders too far from its narrative foundation of swirly prose writing.ENTER JAMES, LLEW AND GWIL.James and Llew are brothers who wash up on shore with Llew s young son, Gwil They seek refuge until rescuers come to bring them home from the island, and they endure extreme measures on the part of the girls mother who has not been around men, other than her now deceased husband, in years Once she deems them safe enough to inhabit their land until they are rescued, this novel starts to unwind and make a little sense.Part two centers around Lia, the middle daughter who cuts her thighs to feel something, the sister who has not been assigned love in one of their ritualistic ceremonies Hurt Grace, or Sky will have to You know I have no choice She showed no reaction at first, but by the end she was biting viciously through the cloth I knew it was involuntary She let out a high noise from between her teeth, a constant pitch, like a stinging insect It was unbearable. It is, in part, this lack of love that drives her into the arms of Llew But Lia has no romantic experience with men Imagine the playfulness, the flirtation, the mixed signals and the desire that we ve all experienced in our youths now imagine that happening in an occult setting where men are the enemy to a girl who is starved of love You can see how this would be a recipe for insert any number of words here James finds me crying in the garden, where I thought nobody would look Somehow I am a child again and nobody wants to go near me, nobody can cope with how badly I want to be held, or touched, or listened to, and there is nothing I can ever do about it.Each chapter in part two starts with an excerpt, presumably from an entry in the Welcome Book left behind by a woman who has sought out their occult home in search of refuge from the destruction of men in the past The thing is, without context and with the author still clinging to the evasive narrative techniques of part one a lot of the excerpts made little sense to me and failed to move the story forward in any meaningful way, not even by adding atmosphere Also, this novel likely would have been better off written completely in 3rd person Lia s chapters bothered me, because she speaks in first person using words like surreptitiously, though there s never a word written about these girls, living isolated from all other civilization aside from their five person family and the occasional female traveler, ever going to school They learned to read on their own from books lying around the house that were eventually taken away before the third sister could even learn to read, so that just came off as weird and inaccurate.The blurb praises The Water Cure as The Handmaid s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides Ummmm, The Handmaid s Tale, not so much The Virgin Suicides, maybeeeeee Really, it reminded me of Gather the Daughters , a novel I THOROUGHLY enjoyed, meets Lord of the Flies If that description appeals to you, you ll definitely want to pick up Sophie Mackintosh s The Water Cure view spoiler I also didn t find this book to be dystopic since it s not really set post end of the world The family is just self isolated hide spoiler While I was put off by the evasiveness of the first part of the novel, the narrative came together much better as the novel progressed It was a quick read that I gobbled up in 24 hours, and it managed to put its own spin on a narrative that s been done before For that, I thought it fitting to give this book 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 FOLLOW ME HERE The Navi Review Blog Twitter Instagram flag 53 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 06, 2018 Umut Reviews rated it it was ok review of another edition For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot I think I can say, it wasn t a pleasant read that blew my mind, but I didn t hate it as well I think I can see some people will feel comfortable with the book than others because of its style.First of all, it s said that the book is dystopian This created an expectatio For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot I think I can say, it wasn t a pleasant read that blew my mind, but I didn t hate it as well I think I can see some people will feel comfortable with the book than others because of its style.First of all, it s said that the book is dystopian This created an expectation for me, thinking it ll be a whole world building with its set up, reasons, energy It s not at all Everything is very vague with this book, very abstract We never learn the reasons behind this set up and what s actually happening So, to like this book, you need to be OK with an abstract setting The fact that the book is set up in a world that s not our world, doesn t make it exactly dystopian, as there s not anything else behind it.The writing style is very fluid, atmospheric, metaphorical and strange It s one of those you re expected to read between the lines a lot It starts with a lot of suspense build up We get chapters of half a page, a page at the beginning Long time, you won t understand anything If you ask me, this went on for an unnecessarily long time So, I m guessing there will be lots of people giving up at this point I think after around 40 50% of the book, we get to have proper long chapters with writing that feels like a plot or at least a story It was not easy to get through, and at times I ll be honest, I was bored.The book is mainly told from Lia s main character perspective I can say that one was well developed throughout the book But, we didn t get to know the others much, which may be intentional by the author anyway.In summary, it was a strange read that s not for everyone If you enjoy abstract writing, with no clear plot or set up, and like trying to make sense of the metaphorical style, you might like it I m a reader, who likes a solid plot with a good set up, reasons explained I also like to have stronger character development, which will make you care for them That s why it wasn t my cup of tea Also, the idea of a dystopia where women are in trouble is an overused concept if you ask me So, I didn t find the content so creative as well flag 48 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 05, 2018 Marchpane rated it liked it In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxic.The dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse, and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another, thei In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxic.The dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse, and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another, their notions of love are screwed up to say the least Lia s ideas about love are tested when some strange men arrive, while Grace, who is pregnant at the start of the book, has already had a defining experience of her own This theme of misdirected love wasn t explored in sufficient depth though I found myself thinking of The Water Cure as a sort of gothic romance updated to a millennial colour palette The tropes are there enforced isolation, abusive spouse parent, repressed female sexuality, an unseen menace and tragic consequences There s even a large but mostly empty building, in this case it s a disused hotel rather than a castle or mansion This particular gothic formula has been updated before, in Rebecca, Wide Sargasso Sea, even Flowers in the Attic It used to be that the women confined in these stories were mostly the wives, nowadays it seems they are usually the daughters Make of that what you will, I guess.The girls are pale, underfed, bruised, always with dark circles under the eyes a depiction that disappointingly glamourises them, especially considering that one of them self harms The men are neither sufficiently menacing as threats, nor believable as real people, leaving them to exist only as plot devices.As one of the visitors, James, attempts to convince Grace that she s been brainwashed, he is unable to deny that men can be malevolent The world is not what you have been told, he says after the second glass He is reckless now, as if the water has triggered something in him, strengthened his resolve somehow He speaks as if from a long way away I mean, the world is very terrible, but you have been told a number of things that are untrue But you can t deny that men are killing women I say Well, no, I can t But it s not like you think It s a neat inversion of the Not All Men argument which leaves us no closer to determining whether this is a futuristic invented world or the same one as our own This is probably the closest that the book gets to a feminist comment, if an oblique one.The third sister, Sky, is very much in the background This is kind of baffling until a blink and you ll miss it twist towards the end view spoiler reveals that she is not a young child as we are led to believe, but 18 years old Grace is 30 and Lia 28, much older than the petulant teen she appears to be hide spoiler a twist that would have been impossible had Sky been given her own POV chapters Again, clever, but ultimately not adding up to much.The final resolution plays out with few surprises excepting the reveal mentioned above , and it lacks a real sense of a reckoning With one crucial event occurring off stage , and others largely skimmed over, it felt like the opportunities for emotional impact were rather wasted Even the most dramatic moments retain the same languid, slow motion feeling that pervades the whole book.With a foot in each camp, The Water Cure doesn t totally succeed in being either a topical feminist dystopia or a modern take on the Gothic tradition To me, it was mostly atmosphere with not quite enough substance flag 46 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 24, 2018 Britta B hler rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 01mb2018, 2018, 2018bw read, femlit, debuts, kindle, scifi fantasy I m a bit tired of publicists and or reviewers telling me that a certain book is the 21st century s version of The Handmaid s Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood but often not, like by Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, Genesis Girl by Jenni I m a bit tired of publicists and or reviewers telling me that a certain book is the 21st century s version of The Handmaid s Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood but often not, like by Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva and Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed And you cant help but wonder whether publishers just didn t want to miss the hype But I had quite high hopes for this one, mainly because of some very favorable reviews by people I admire But sadly, the book was quite a disappointment.First of all the premise family life on a remote island, far away from the polluted and dangerous mainland, and only the Father travels to the mainland from time to time for supplies was in many respects a rehash of the premise in Gather the Daughters which came out in July 2017 So, not very inventive And it didn t help that I thought Gather the Daughters was quite bad The main weak point for me was the story, which was too predictable to be interesting especially after the arrival of the two men but also the part in which the truth about Father and Mother is revealed almost every plot development or twist you could see coming from a mile away, which at least for me, doesnt make for an engaging read And although I liked that Mackintosh left things unexplained, there were quite some parts that didnt make sense to me at all especially the rationale behind the various exercises and treatments And what was the deal with the salt Still, the writing was very strong, and the book managed to invoke a claustrophic and threatening atmosphere Mackintosh tried to raise interesting points about family dynamics and gender but in the end, the execution didn t convince me flag 45 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jul 24, 2018 Hugh rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves booker longlist, modern lit, read 2018 Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018My fifth book from this year s longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don t want to be too negative either The plot centres on a family living in isolation on a coast protected by forest in a world affected by a largely unspecified environmental catastrophe The three teenaged sisters are Grace, Lia and Sky, the first two of whom narrate the story Their father, k Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018My fifth book from this year s longlist and the first one I find it difficult to be very positive about Dystopian fantasy has never been my favourite genre, so I don t want to be too negative either The plot centres on a family living in isolation on a coast protected by forest in a world affected by a largely unspecified environmental catastrophe The three teenaged sisters are Grace, Lia and Sky, the first two of whom narrate the story Their father, known simply as King, leaves them on what seems to be a regular trip to the outside community at the start of the book and fails to return In the first part some details of the girls lives are established, that they are isolated for their own protection and that women on the mainland suffer at the hands of men and used to come to the family s house to be cured This cure is a mixture of quasi religious ceremony and cruel tests of endurance which are also inflicted on the girls, who live in a weird nightmarish mixture of innocence and fear.Things change in the second section, which is mostly narrated by Lia Two men and a boy appear, the mother disappears shortly afterwards, and Lia falls in love with one of them To say about the plot would spoil it, but in the bloody denouement none of the main characters emerges with much credit For much of the book the reasons behind the scenario are as opaque to the reader as they seem to the girls, though there is a partial explanation in the final part, which is mostly narrated by the eldest girl Grace.When I read Fever Dream a few weeks ago I remember commenting on what personal things dreams and nightmares can be and how difficult it can be to follow somebody else s, and this book left me with a similar feeling flag 43 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 16, 2018 Dannii Elle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves science fiction sagacity This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in startling clarity The characters are incredibly nuanced and yet my mind can fail to properly depict them This is a book of juxtapositions that is as uncomfortable to read as it is in construction and I adored every m This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in startling clarity The characters are incredibly nuanced and yet my mind can fail to properly depict them This is a book of juxtapositions that is as uncomfortable to read as it is in construction and I adored every maddeningly contrasting page of it I can imagine it will divide readers with its ungraspable quality but was worth every furrow of my brow for the sublime awe I dually felt whilst reading it flag 41 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 06, 2018 Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read2018, reviewcopy, ebooks, booker winners and listed, post apocalypse and dystopia The writing in this book, and the way the author is able to describe the somewhat strange setting, is stellar In the Man Booker Prize longlist wasteland that is 2018, I found it one of the compelling reads I love the little backstory italic parts between chapters, the ending and questioning everything, and the sisters I felt like the story itself, what actually happens, to be less satisfying The italics backstory is where the story connects most with other recent books from The Power by The writing in this book, and the way the author is able to describe the somewhat strange setting, is stellar In the Man Booker Prize longlist wasteland that is 2018, I found it one of the compelling reads I love the little backstory italic parts between chapters, the ending and questioning everything, and the sisters I felt like the story itself, what actually happens, to be less satisfying The italics backstory is where the story connects most with other recent books from The Power by Naomii Alderman to Red Clocks by Leni Zumas Here is one passage in particular I didn t understand how rapidly things had changed, how all that had been needed was permission for everything to go to shit, and that permission had been granted I didn t know that there was no longer any need for the men to hold their bodies in check or to carry on the lie that we mattered These sections make the reader think they know what the book is But is that what it is I have no idea how to classify it now that I ve reached the end view spoiler Is this dystopia on a grand scale or like Room is for the two in it Are there actual environmental toxins going on or are the daughters being poisoned Is the third sister really not related or was that a convenient story to tell for King to get what he wanted Who were the women who used to be with them, and why aren t there any hide spoiler I have to admit, I kind of liked mulling over these questions, maybe the best part of my reading experience That coupled with the writing made it of a solid read for me Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through NetGalley It doesn t come out in the USA until 9 January 2019, but my library bought it already so it can be found online And I wanted to try to finish it before the shortlist was announced. flag 39 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2017 Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, published in 2019, man booker 2018, 2018, literary fiction The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the for that This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father They believe the outside world is dangerous and toxic, and they regularly perform painful rituals and therapies to cleanse themselves But then their father vanishes without a trace and three strange men wash up on their shore, and the novel takes place The Water Cure was nothing like I expected, but I ended up enjoying it all the for that This is a vaguely unsettling, eerie tale of three sisters who were raised by their parents on a remote island to fear all men other than their father They believe the outside world is dangerous and toxic, and they regularly perform painful rituals and therapies to cleanse themselves But then their father vanishes without a trace and three strange men wash up on their shore, and the novel takes place over the span of the week that follows.The biggest surprise for me was that I was expecting a Handmaid s Tale esque feminist dystopia, but in reality I wouldn t actually describe this book as a dystopia at all I think a certain amount of ambiguity in this regard is intentional, especially at first, and I think there is going to be some healthy debate about how you can read this book, as a lot of questions deliberately go unanswered But if the appeal of dystopias to you is the worldbuilding and big picture stuff, The Water Cure will undoubtedly disappoint To me this felt like an allegorical contemporary or if not contemporary, at least set in the very near future whose strength lies in its exploration of complex interpersonal dynamics than in its merit as a dystopic text I d compare it to King Lear or The Beguiled and I would not be surprised if Sofia Coppola directed an eventual film adaptation over The Handmaid s Tale or The Power.But for me, its inability to fit neatly into the feminist dystopia genre is only an asset Sophie Mackintosh has created something strong and uniquely unsettling Her prose is remarkably lyrical, and the insular setting she crafts is at once immersive and claustrophobic This is a novel whose themes exist slightly below the surface, and though it has a lot to say about gender roles and social dynamics and what it means to exist in modern society as a woman, none of this leaps off the page at a quick glance There s an incredible amount of depth and subtlety here, especially for such a short novel.The biggest problem really, the only problem I had with this novel was that I was occasionally unconvinced by the fact that these sisters had lived their entire lives so removed from society Not only were their vocabularies littered with colloquial phrases in a way that seemed at odds from how their parents spoke, at times they drew generalizations about human nature in a way that didn t ring true for someone with such a limited world view But this is something I found myself forgiving and as the novel went on, as it ultimately had the air of a fable, and I didn t find myself too hung up on the details.Basically, don t expect another Handmaid s Tale, but don t think it isn t worth your time because of that I actually liked The Water Cure better Thank you to Netgalley, Doubleday Books, and Sophie Mackintosh for the advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. flag 37 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 08, 2018 Claire rated it really liked it review of another edition I have to start this review by acknowledging that The Water Cure is definitely a polarising book it s not one that is going to be for everyone That being said, Mackintosh hit a few of the things I find most engaging as a reader.I ve seen this described a feminist novel, and as a dystopia, but I don t think either is accurate If you go into this expecting either, you re bound to be disappointed Sure, this is a novel about the patriarchy, and in it, women are literally sickened by it Yes, the I have to start this review by acknowledging that The Water Cure is definitely a polarising book it s not one that is going to be for everyone That being said, Mackintosh hit a few of the things I find most engaging as a reader.I ve seen this described a feminist novel, and as a dystopia, but I don t think either is accurate If you go into this expecting either, you re bound to be disappointed Sure, this is a novel about the patriarchy, and in it, women are literally sickened by it Yes, the characters live in isolated seclusion, sequestered from the real world, where it is suggested that terrible things have transpired But I read this novel as the story of an extreme response to that which already exists in our world a story of isolation than a story about feminism The narrative voice is one which is probably also polarising This novel, although intensely charged, is slow and meandering it is indirect and at times unfocused What we need to see, in order to understand what is happening is always in the periphery I enjoyed this, it sucked me right in and reminded me somewhat of The Virgin Suicides.Mackintosh s debut novel is not perfect, it s pacing is uneven, and the ending rushed However I think it asks some really important questions about ideas that need urgent attention Where does the collective end, and the self begin How much of that self do we sacrifice for the collective Can isolation truly protect us from the harms of the world, or does it in turn make us vulnerable to new and greater harms When is masculinity admirable, and when is it toxic Who decides that, and why What role does our ongoing complex relationship with masculinity contribute to the harms it brings to women When, indeed can, violence be justified Will we ever truly escape the social construct of the patriarchy Will women always be vulnerable to harm flag 37 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Aug 28, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley 2018, dystopian This was a very intense book and the most confusing novels I have ever read this year.The start of it made me feel like I am reading about being damaged by a man, being left, loveless You know when you get heart ache you feel your family is the one and only place you can get unconditional love, no matter what you are Then it started getting confusing altogether My first issue with the novel was the point of view It was multiple, but after one point it fixed on Lia for ages I felt the need This was a very intense book and the most confusing novels I have ever read this year.The start of it made me feel like I am reading about being damaged by a man, being left, loveless You know when you get heart ache you feel your family is the one and only place you can get unconditional love, no matter what you are Then it started getting confusing altogether My first issue with the novel was the point of view It was multiple, but after one point it fixed on Lia for ages I felt the need to switch between Lia and Grace rather than getting stuck in Lia which felt needy and teenager like, but I guess that was the intention And Sky why was she in this book Just another girl What was her role I really enjoyed the first half of the book It was an eerie tale Dark, obsessive Mackintosh s imagination blew me away The practices of water cure are so similar with things happening to girls all around the world In some countries girls get slapped when they get their first period bleeding This is to ensure they become obeying, dutiful wives Some people banish women from their houses during menstrual bleeding So I totally get the point in Mackintosh s dystopian world And I was ready to give a fat 4 stars but then things got confusing I was lost after 80% of the book Sudden, action packed ending with a few flashbacks that weren t enough for my thirst of knowing I would have preferred a vague ending because what has been revealed isn t and won t be satisfying to a tale like that The dreaminess of the first half was clouded by the end reveal for me.I agree that it is Virgin Suicides meets Handmaid s Tale and in some bits I swear I could see Mackintosh winking to Angela Carter the red velvet and wolf etc Highlighted on my kindle flag 36 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 12, 2018 Amanda rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This book was different from my usual read and that s why I wanted to read it Sometimes I find myself drawn to the same types of books so by reading this I was leaving my comfort zone.The story of a father called King and his wife bringing up his 3 children on an Island away from the mainland and everything toxic Sometimes women appear damaged with tales of abuse, violence but mysteriously leave the Island cured.It is beautifully written and very atmospheric, at times it is brutal and violent This book was different from my usual read and that s why I wanted to read it Sometimes I find myself drawn to the same types of books so by reading this I was leaving my comfort zone.The story of a father called King and his wife bringing up his 3 children on an Island away from the mainland and everything toxic Sometimes women appear damaged with tales of abuse, violence but mysteriously leave the Island cured.It is beautifully written and very atmospheric, at times it is brutal and violent but mesmerising at the same time Thank you to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for my review flag 36 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 31, 2018 Bex Beckie Bookworm rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves dystopian, abuse, arc, book reviews, mental illness, netgalley 2 Stars Arc Book Review Release Date 24 5 18This one really wasn t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish Hoping it would get better.I m sorry to say for me it didn t.So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn t.I have seen reviews on The Wate Cure praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it 2 Stars Arc Book Review Release Date 24 5 18This one really wasn t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish Hoping it would get better.I m sorry to say for me it didn t.So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn t.I have seen reviews on The Wate Cure praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it it still for me fell flat in capturing and then retaining my complete attention.I don t mind admitting I felt a little lost in my overall comprehension here and while scratching my head still in confusion at a third in I decided enough was enough.That was when I decided to down tools before later reconsidering as I just didn t want to be beaten by this.I really didn t have the foggiest most of the time what the deal was here and if I m honest I was bored and couldn t be bothered to stay the course and find out really.It was my sheer bloody determination that got me through this.I am if I m honest slightly disappointed as the blurb for this was ever so intriguing but In my opinion, this was spoiled by attempting to be too highbrow in its execution keeping me in an unnecessary state of confusion that for me rather than making me want to know just did the complete opposite.I don t know what I expected from this but this sure wasn t it.Maybe I m just not clever enough to truly appreciate The Water Cure I read to escape and this was just too much like hard work for me.I m sure there are others who will absolutely adore this strange dystopian type drama I m just really not one of them sorry.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Water Cure of which I have reviewed voluntary.All opinions expressed are entirely my own.Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormtps facebook beckiebookworm beckiebookworm flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 23, 2018 Gumbles Yard rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 booker longlist, 2018 Once we three sisters have a father, but our father dies without us noticing As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after its long listing for the 2018 Booker Prize On one level this book is a feminist dystopia and like many dystopias takes an element of the observed world and extrapolates in an imagined but imaginable way In this c Once we three sisters have a father, but our father dies without us noticing As a father of three daughters this probably counts as the personally most arresting opening sentence I have read in this novel which I had already ordered but went to the top of my reading pile after its long listing for the 2018 Booker Prize On one level this book is a feminist dystopia and like many dystopias takes an element of the observed world and extrapolates in an imagined but imaginable way In this case, the book proceeds from toxic masculinity and takes it to a literary as well as literal conclusion to imagine a world where men are poisonous to women Perhaps though unlike many other dystopias which explore in a circular fashion their central idea and its implications for example The Power here this idea, although I think vital to the book s foundation, represents of a starting point for a book which is light on exposition and heavy on ambiguity I was reminded of Red Clocks a book which as I said in my review was about relationships between women explored within a patriarchal misogynistic world rather than just exploring the structure of that patriarchy At the heart of this ambiguity to the reader but as the book concludes to the girls is the degree of truth in the story their parents King and Mother tell them of the dangers of the outside world the extent to which this danger, even if assumed true, justifies the controlling almost cultish regime of borderline abusive treatments and restrictive prescriptions that King, with the aid of Mother, impose on them The three girls narrate the book in first party sections mainly individually in the voices of the two older sisters Grace and Lia, with the middle sister Lia dominating the centre of the book, but at the start and finish in a chorus with their younger sister Sky who is seen as an uncorrupted other to be protected and shielded Due to the absence of exposition and excess of ambiguity, the book is like an incomplete canvas on which the reader can sketch and colour their own interpretations The book is heavy on imagery of water and salt in a way which recalls ritual bathing, cleansing ceremonies and hydro treatments and muslin as an image for filtering of impurities, separation and purification There is a clear link, as hinted above, to patriarchal cults, or less extreme examples of parents imposing psychological abuse on their children At an even removed extreme, the book made me consider the often exaggerated warnings that the parents and even society gives to children so as to try to ensure their safety Charley says for my generation of children, or stranger danger for my own.There is an element of environmental disaster albeit in this case quite literally man made and of a survivalist novel after such a drama And I understand this idea was the initial genesis of the novel Environmental concepts are important here The author s agent has described the characters as Earth, Water and Sky and this I think captures their different characters the grounded, analytical, almost bitter Grace the fluid Lia, moving downhill to where she can gain affection the pure and not of this world Sky It also captures the all encompassing relationship between the girls and the self contained environment in which they live, which is both dominated by them and all encompassing for them As a father of three daughters and having watched their interactions and dynamics for several hours as I read and reviewed this book, the book is clearly strong on female sibling relationships even in the absence of a voice for Sky which I have seen criticised elsewhere, perhaps not surprising given the large matriarchal Welsh family in which the author has described herself growing up The book is also I think excellent on capturing how some parents play off children against each other I was strongly able to relate King s treatment of the two oldest daughters to situations I have seen in the childhood of others There are some fascinating parallels with the metoo movement and in particular the way people have reacted to it including the generational divides that have occurred in the feminist movement as a result albeit the parallel is far from exact and some of the denial in male reaction It is not for me to disregard their pain They are in the minority he can t deny that men are killing women But it s not like you think All of it is smoke and mirrors, overreaction We could be women like any other, taking the usual precautions Yes, the risk of violence upon us is higher Even he as a man can t disregard that. Finally I saw strong parallels with Shakespeare The patriarchal King trying to direct the lives of his three daughters I of course a clear nod to King Lear however I found the intriguing comparison to The Tempest, with Prospero creating an isolated and fully patriarchal community for he and Miranda and seeking to control her sexuality and attitude to men Overall I enjoyed this book and am pleased to have seen it longlisted for the Booker So this is how it begins she says, but of course it has already begun It began for us a long time ago flag 30 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 05, 2018 Monica rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley I can t decide if this is a simply a cautionary tale against men, against the destruction of our natural habitats, or against society as a whole There is a power struggle between the parents and three sisters Even after the death of the father, he still played a prominent role in the family s traditions and behavior This story was never cohesive at all The viewpoints switched often and were so similar I had a very hard time determining which sister was narrating I would note warnings for I can t decide if this is a simply a cautionary tale against men, against the destruction of our natural habitats, or against society as a whole There is a power struggle between the parents and three sisters Even after the death of the father, he still played a prominent role in the family s traditions and behavior This story was never cohesive at all The viewpoints switched often and were so similar I had a very hard time determining which sister was narrating I would note warnings for self harm and violence this is certainly not a young adult novel Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader s copy in exchange for my honest review. flag 30 likesLike see review Feb 25, 2018 Sara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, apocalyptic dystopian, feminism, fiction, science fiction I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the King Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never known But then things begin to unravel in a way that the sisters can t control Is everything, and everyone, really as it seems This was deeply atmospheric and strange It s apparent from the start that something just I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Water Cure tells the story of three sisters Lia, Grace and Sky as they live a reclusive island life with Mother and the King Here they learn that the outside world will harm them, although what that is never known But then things begin to unravel in a way that the sisters can t control Is everything, and everyone, really as it seems This was deeply atmospheric and strange It s apparent from the start that something just isn t right with how the girls live This house is beautiful and grand, yet festers decay Their days are filled with odd rituals designed to protect them, but they never know what it is they re being protected from The prose are also odd and jarring, sometimes making the text hard to read and flow but it fits perfectly with the tone of the novel, and helps to build an overall sense of unease The plot is also deliberately evasive, and there s no world building beyond the island the women live on Normally this would annoy me, but I felt that just as the three women know little about the reasons behind their forced protection, and the outside world, so we know little too The author takes us on a journey down which we must determine for ourselves what is happening, and I enjoyed that The narrators are unreliable at best, and we must decide for ourselves what s really happening I liked that nothing is spoon fed or dumbed down We come to our own conclusions Im not going to deny that at times however, especially in the beginning, I found this very confusing and difficult to get past The pace soon picks up when three men appear to disrupt the otherwise harmonious life What happens next is obvious, yet still haunting to read I felt for them However, I also felt that by this point something was going to happen The plot is built up to such a point that I thought we d see of the outside world at least, or other moments of peril But we didn t A short and beautiful read, yet strangely annoying at times flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 18, 2018 Eric Anderson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world It feels essential that children should be nurtured in a way that allows them to be cautious without being so panicked they seal themselves off from experience So I was really struck how Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel The Part of me has always felt a simmering sense of panic, that some unknown danger or threat could be lurking around every corner Fear can be such a powerful impetus in our lives both for motivating us to keep ourselves safe and hindering us from fully engaging with the world It feels essential that children should be nurtured in a way that allows them to be cautious without being so panicked they seal themselves off from experience So I was really struck how Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel The Water Cure creatively and dramatically describes a group of three sisters who exist in a perpetual state of fear In one collectively narrated part of the story they ominously feel Emergency has always been with us, if not present emergency then always the idea that it is coming They live in a deserted and dilapidated estate on an island within the fenced boundaries designated by their mother and father who is referred to as King They ve been taught that the society outside of this circumscribed space is diseased and toxic so they never leave it and subsist on tinned foodstuffs while performing arcane and painful rituals to cleanse themselves and keep them safe They are warned in particular about the dangers of men and how some men thrive on the toxic environment surrounding them In the past, sick women arrived on their shores, but they didn t live long And one day two men and a boy arrive so that their carefully ordered existence is disrupted In her portrayal of this intensely isolated family, Mackintosh s hypnotic story shows the unwieldy process of development, the transformative effect of passion and the inbuilt tension between genders.Read my full review of The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh on LonesomeReader flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 28, 2018 Tim rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves man booker 2018 This review contains spoilers Trigger warnings violence, physical and mental abuse 3.5 stars.The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle part of the novel, with Grace and Sky having smaller narrative roles They have lived on a protected island their entire lives, sheltered from harm and disease When three men show up on the island, the sisters start to questio This review contains spoilers Trigger warnings violence, physical and mental abuse 3.5 stars.The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh is the story of three sisters who are all teenagers or young adults Lia is the main narrative voice taking up all of the middle part of the novel, with Grace and Sky having smaller narrative roles They have lived on a protected island their entire lives, sheltered from harm and disease When three men show up on the island, the sisters start to question all that they know and things get turned upside down It is wonderfully written in hazy and feverish prose Yet, it lacked some depth in storytelling and felt slightly too predictable.Much is being discussed about The Water Cure being a feminist novel I have been thinking about whether I agree or not for a couple of days now, so here are some of my thoughts.First off, it doesn t really help that the term feminist is being slapped on books as a label without then discussing the specific things that supposedly make it that As much as I enjoy reading Guardian reviews and interviews, to introduce an interview with Sophie Mackintosh with these words is silly The Water Cure s author says she has not written a new Handmaid s Tale, but it would be hard for any story centred on women s lives not to be feminist Just to be clear no, just the fact of it being about women is not enough to make this a feminist novel.In the interview, Mackintosh says this Sometimes you scroll through Twitter and there is a horrible story like the Belfast rape case You see a lot of really upsetting stories That can throw off your whole day You get angry, and that can make you feel sick So I don t think it s that much of a stretch to imagine a world where you get ill from patriarchy I think that is quite a clever sentiment The I think about this novel, the I think of as a kind of dystopian feminist satire, and I see that statement supporting this admittedly slightly off way of reading The Water Cure But yes, isn t it true that what we describe as the patriarchy makes people mostly but not exclusively women sick To take this idea and give it literal meaning to me is an interesting concept And I believe her execution is quite on point, leaving it quite uncertain what exactly the illness out there beyond the realm of the world of the sisters really is.I think one thing that makes this book a feminist novel is Mackintosh s exploration of ownership over women s bodies The sisters are subject to having their bodies controlled They have no power of decision about whether or not they want to partake in mostly physically and mentally violent and abusive rituals Clearly this is an issue women in every corner of the world face, and therefore it definitely makes this a feminist issue Beyond that, I believe The Water Cure takes some small stabs at a few themes that are definitely within feminist discussion frameworks gender, sex, trauma, abuse With all this in mind, I would definitely say that The Water Cure is a feminist novel flag 22 likesLike see review Sep 01, 2018 Rebecca rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves dystopian, booker longlisted, feminist, reviewed for nudge, style over substance, first person plural The first word of The Water Cure may be Once, but what follows is no fairy tale Here s the rest of that sentence Once we have a father, but our father dies without us noticing The tense seems all wrong surely it should be had and died From the very first line, then, Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel has the reader wrong footed, and there are many moments of confusion to come The other thing to notice in the opening sentence is the use of the first person plural That we refers The first word of The Water Cure may be Once, but what follows is no fairy tale Here s the rest of that sentence Once we have a father, but our father dies without us noticing The tense seems all wrong surely it should be had and died From the very first line, then, Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel has the reader wrong footed, and there are many moments of confusion to come The other thing to notice in the opening sentence is the use of the first person plural That we refers to three sisters Grace, Lia and Sky After the death of their father, King, it s just them and their mother in a grand house on a remote island.There are frequent flashbacks to times when damaged women used to come here for therapy that sounds like torture The sisters still engage in similar sadomasochistic practices sitting in a hot sauna until they faint, putting their hands and feet in buckets of ice, and playing the drowning game in the pool by putting on a dress laced with lead weights Despite their isolation, the sisters are still affected by the world at large At the end of Part I, three shipwrecked men wash up on shore and request sanctuary The men represent new temptations and a threat to the sisters comfort zone.This is a strange and disorienting book The atmosphere lonely and lowering is the best thing about it Its setup is somewhat reminiscent of two Shakespeare plays, King Lear and The Tempest With the exception of a few lines like we look towards the rounded glow of the horizon, the air peach ripe with toxicity, the prose draws attention to itself in a bad way it s consciously literary and overwritten In terms of the plot, it is difficult to understand, at the most basic level, what is going on and why Speculative novels with themes of women s repression are a dime a dozen nowadays, and the interested reader will find a better example than this one flag 22 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Ioana I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine w I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine whether indeed it s worth buying Thank you for your review, it helped me decide no I think, from your description, this book would drive me bonkers Jan 27, 2019 06 08AM Rebecca Ioana wrote I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews Ioana wrote I have been seeing this on several lists of recommendations but wasn t sold based on the description, and was just looking into reviews to determine whether indeed it s worth buying Thank you for In my opinion, it s definitely not worth it Jan 27, 2019 07 40AM Jun 22, 2018 Tiffany PSquared rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle books, netgalley, 2018 reading challenge We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn t it Who would have thought that such a benign beginning could result in such a tangled web of disappearances, deceit, and danger King rescued his family by secluding them in a home by the bay He and their mother taught We sisters have always been cruel in our own way, but I believe our cruelty is allowable It kept us alive, it helps us to put things right Grace, Lia, and Sky live with their parents in a house beside a sandy beach That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful story, doesn t it Who would have thought that such a benign beginning could result in such a tangled web of disappearances, deceit, and danger King rescued his family by secluding them in a home by the bay He and their mother taught them to protect themselves from the toxicity of the world by performing rituals and ceremonies of cleansing The three girls had to prove themselves strong, loyal, and loving to their parents, to each other, to themselves But not to men.Men weren t present in their lives Only King This was for their protection Because men were the cause of all the harm and poison in the world, and being hidden away from them was the only way to survive.But when King disappears during a routine supply run, and Mother also doesn t return from her trip beyond the sea border, the sisters are stuck on their beach with three castaways Men And this changes everything.Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure is a palpably tense look through a dystopian window at a family s search for a unique utopia, and what they end up finding instead.This is The First Book of Calamity Leek meets The Handmaid s Tale meets My Absolute Darling in all of each of their weird wackiness and horrifyingly resolute honesty about what makes society and separation so messed up.This is a stunning debut novel with writing that behaves like watercolors, painting the page It was unusual, confusing, and eerie in all the best ways And I could easily see this playing out on the big screen Many thanks to NetGalley, Doubleday, and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 21 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 28, 2018 Hollis rated it did not like it Shelves 2018 reads, arc, baa baa black sheep, ebook, dystopian, family focused, finished in march 2018, full of characters me no likey, nope, na I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads wise.The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in I think, in practice, it s exactly what failed me because in some ways it lived upto the pitch too well, whilst simultaneously not delivering in the way I expected.The narrative voice for Mackintosh s story was really unexp I feel like this week is conspiring against me reads wise.The pitch for THE WATER CURE was THE HANDMAID S TALE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men and while that concept drew me in I think, in practice, it s exactly what failed me because in some ways it lived upto the pitch too well, whilst simultaneously not delivering in the way I expected.The narrative voice for Mackintosh s story was really unexpected Three sisters, three perspectives, and way too many questions The information as to what was going on, who these people were, where they were, was pieced out in little bites, often made unclear, and by the end everything was sorta revealed Maybe I can see this style, in addition to the story, appealing to readers but I think it s also going to be one of those books that either works or doesn t And I m definitely in the latter camp I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review flag 21 likesLike see review May 31, 2018 Melanie Perpetually Reading rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ebook, realistic, thought provoking Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father King , a mother Mother , and three sisters Lia, Grace, and Sky The sisters are raised in isolation and are taught by their parents to fear, hate, and avoid men They re told that interacting with men would make them physically sick, and it is unclear throughout the story whether this is true or not in their world, Mackintosh writes in absolutely beautiful and unflinching prose about the desolation and destruction of a family The book is set in a remote, seaside home of a family of a father King , a mother Mother , and three sisters Lia, Grace, and Sky The sisters are raised in isolation and are taught by their parents to fear, hate, and avoid men They re told that interacting with men would make them physically sick, and it is unclear throughout the story whether this is true or not in their world, due to the isolation the reader experiences along with the sisters Ironically, their father, is the oligarch of the family, and uses physical and emotional abuse to ensure complete control The story is in the point of view of either one of the three sisters mainly Lia or Grace , or in the point of view of all three of them using the pronoun we Love is a big deal for the family, and again, ironically they have questionable therapies that tend to be emotionally and physically abusive that their parents use to prove their love for one another and to cleanse themselves of the poisonous air that comes from men living in the mainland However, things change when three men are found washed up on their shore, and the three sisters must decide for themselves to follow their family s teachings and therefore, their love , or to find out what they want for themselves Throughout the novel, the reader is able to experience the crippling and claustrophobic isolation that the sisters undergo on a daily basis In the beginning I found myself in disbelief over King s teachings that the outside world, full of men, could cause physical and emotional illness in women However, as events unfurl, I was left wondering if I was wrong, and that at least in their world , men could really cause all those things King claimed Mackintosh does a beautiful job creating a world like ours, but in a intense scale Like our world, women live in fear and must be continuously cleansing themselves from the poisons of men, in order to feel safe and whole This novel explores a world where women have no other choice but to stand up for themselves in the face of annihilation But then again, is that not the same in our world This novel is empowering and awakening, and I would urge everyone to read it at least once flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 29, 2018 Jonathan Pool rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves booker long 2018, british_irish contemporary My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh I guess I am out of kilter.I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long list nomination in 2018.Interviewers have drawn Mackintosh to talk about dystopia, with Margaret Atwood comparisons You don t resist such comparisons Mackintosh has also spoken about feminist themes.I read neither femi My personal take on The Water Cure is somewhat different to the explanations given in interview by the author, Sophie Mackintosh I guess I am out of kilter.I thought the book had lots to offer, and to contemplate, and I can understand its selection for the Man Booker Prize long list nomination in 2018.Interviewers have drawn Mackintosh to talk about dystopia, with Margaret Atwood comparisons You don t resist such comparisons Mackintosh has also spoken about feminist themes.I read neither feminism nor dystopia in The Water Cure.I responded to the book as an extreme example of the patriarchal family The family as a closed unit, ill at ease in dealing with outsiders, and increasingly drawn to pursue family business, and an insular interpretation of family life in ways that are unacceptable to the vast vast majority of normal families.Read up last year s Turpin case in California David Turpin, and his wife Louise A dominant father, children awed and suppressed, and a pitifully complicit wife.The awful case of Elisabeth Fritzl in Austria, held captive for 24 years by her father, Josef Fritzl subject of Emma Donoghue s excellent Room is a further example and there are many where a dominating male gets the opportunity to exercise psychological and physical control over his family members.That s how I read The Water Cure, as King s laws and King s rule becomes apparent.Extending the transfixing reach beyond the family unit is also not unheard of in real life There have been cults since Charles Manson onwards The women drawn to King were so broken and desperate that they would be ready material for a pseudo healer using extreme methods.If the storyline is, unfortunately, not too far removed from the Turpin, and the Fritzl example, and not just an imaginary, awful future, then so too the feminist credentials of the story also struck me as questionable.King s Wife, the mother of three children, continues the regime seamlessly after King s departure Yes, she is traumatised but given poor treatment of her children, there are times when a mother has to make difficult choices.The dynamic between sisters, Lia and Grace convinced The bonds of their sisterhood are tight.The behaviour of the two sisters isn t always exemplary, as evidenced in a degree of child bullying the young boy, Gwil The increasingly complicated courtships and outcomes, involving the sisters and Llew and James, reflects at least as badly on the women as on the men The Water Cure was also derivative of a recent Booker short lister Hot Milk, by Deborah Levy Mackintosh intersperses the text with short italicised digressions These are ethereal musings which give a clever inner depth, a thought process, to the events that unfold This was well done I thought.All in all a good book, and congratulations to Booker for its selection flag 18 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 07, 2018 David rated it liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Water Cure is unpleasant, disturbing, and diffuse Early on I chose to compartmentalize my own emotional response, embrace the ambiguity, and approach the story with an analytic mindset It was the only way to get through it Triggers for readers include child abuse physical, mental, and emotional , self harm, torture of people and animals , violence many forms , abandonment, toxic masculinity, and cult behavior For me to follow that sentence with the assertion that I liked several thi The Water Cure is unpleasant, disturbing, and diffuse Early on I chose to compartmentalize my own emotional response, embrace the ambiguity, and approach the story with an analytic mindset It was the only way to get through it Triggers for readers include child abuse physical, mental, and emotional , self harm, torture of people and animals , violence many forms , abandonment, toxic masculinity, and cult behavior For me to follow that sentence with the assertion that I liked several things about this book is than a little risky It s also the truth.Mackintosh uses her talents to create a vivid and sensuous atmosphere, as alluring as it is anxiety provoking There is mood in abundance There is uncertainty and a very heightened sense of anticipation from beginning to end And it s a good thing I enjoy such elements because this book is all atmosphere and allusion If you are looking for a well structured plot or a clearly stated philosophy, you will not find it here It isn t even clear who is meant to be monstrous and who is innocent Ambience, though, will envelop you like a poisonous mist.This novel does contain stunning descriptive writing, particularly when dealing with the natural world I found the lyricism often gorgeous and arresting There were several passages I re read almost immediately They were that lovely I also kept a running list of marvelous words which the author used to add color and nuance Such things always increase my reading pleasure, even in a story as upsetting as this one Here are a few talismansfriezejuddervortexcafetieresusurrationchivalrousorbcerisecarapaceI do love a good puzzle As this story progresses we learn that the environment contains oysters, sharks, cowrie shells, cicadas, vipers, and magnolias It seemed an odd collection Enter James, Llew, and Gwil with their distinctly Welsh names which cause no consternation among the women, indicating familiarity with the culture Imagine my surprise when I discovered that all of these things including the adder can be found in Wales We later learn that King has known James for many years, has seen him recently, and is calling in an old debt from him now, so it does seem that everyone is Welsh.In The Mabinogion there are several features that have a strange resonance with what Mackintosh has written One major tale within that collection involves the arrival and invasion of unwelcome, oppressive strangers who can only be overcome by special concoctions and incantations In another fable a curse falls across the land once a year and all pregnant women miscarry when they hear a scream And, in a third, another plague is averted only after the hero remains vigilant by immersing himself in a vat of cold water I have no idea if these are inspirational borrowings or mere coincidences but it sure is neat.The girls themselves have doppelgangers in literature They sometimes invoke the Weird Sisters in Macbeth , conferring with each other in secrecy, appearing to men unexpectedly in the wild, and possessing knowledge which they communicate cryptically I was also reminded of the suggestible, repressed, dangerous Puritan girls in Arthur Miller s The Crucible.When all was said and done, I found the pervasive ambiguity bracing Is violence ever sanctionable and, if so, under what circumstances When is male dominance welcome and protective in a society and when is it threatening and abusive When is emotional vulnerability attractive or liberating and when is it self indulgent or manipulative Are there benefits to falsification Is there ever harm in the truth Where does the self begin and end relative to the family collective What are the benefits and dangers of sacrifice and self denial I told you I got analytical My guess is that The Water Cure will not be to most people s liking Certainly it is not for the faint of heart And I think there will be relatively little to appreciate if an emotional connection is what you seek If, however, you can dissociate and you enjoy intellectualizing the occasional novel there are definitely things to appreciate in this haunting debut.3.5 Stars flag 16 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Feb 15, 2018 Lucy Banks rated it really liked it review of another edition I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Elusive, haunting expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places.I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category It s one of the most atmospheric and ungraspable books I ve ever read, which for the most part, was very rewarding to read but occasionally veered into the realm of frustrating , as I wanted to get a little bit de I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Elusive, haunting expertly crafted, but slightly too hard to grasp in places.I always appreciate authors who dare to try something different and The Water Cure certainly falls into that category It s one of the most atmospheric and ungraspable books I ve ever read, which for the most part, was very rewarding to read but occasionally veered into the realm of frustrating , as I wanted to get a little bit depth from it.The story is set in this strange, dislocated place an island away from the contaminated mainland, where three sisters Grace, Lia and Sky, live with their father, King, and their mother Right from the start, we realise this is no ordinary place Although their house seems luxurious, with a swimming pool and multiple rooms, it has a strong sense of decay, and the family subsist on tinned goods The sisters are forced to endure elaborate rituals and therapies to rid themselves of contamination, and they re taught that men are the ultimate evil At the start, their father seems to have died, leaving the women on their own After a while, two men and a young boy arrive, and that s when things get seriously weird Sexual attraction inevitably kicks in, with miserable consequences There s a lot of ambiguity throughout are men really so terrible Or just these ones What really is going on in the outside world, and who the heck are these girls anyway At the end, nothing is really answeredThere s much to love here In spite of the book s poetic, haunting personality, it s still very accessible, and doesn t feel like a pretentious read I was particularly impressed by the author s deftness of language she says an awful lot in not many words, and that s a skill not many writers have I like that it didn t contain all the answers, and as a reader, I m personally happy to live in shades of grey, rather than black and white However, there were times when I really wanted to know about the world beyond their strange little home this would have enriched the book further, I feel However, overall it was a beautifully written book, and above all else, a welcome change from the usual sort of novel Bravo to the author for exploring new ground and trying something different after all, they re often the books that get remembered flag 16 likesLike see review Sep 02, 2018 Maddie C rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves literary fiction, booker 2018 This is what a lack of love does to a person This is what happens when you can no longer bear it I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery My blood glowing with the new disease I will tell her, when she returns holding her hands with a deep compassion, that I have meant this as a reparation I have meant this as my most sincere act of love Rating 3,5Forget about dystopia Forget about the feminist label, even though that partic This is what a lack of love does to a person This is what happens when you can no longer bear it I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery My blood glowing with the new disease I will tell her, when she returns holding her hands with a deep compassion, that I have meant this as a reparation I have meant this as my most sincere act of love Rating 3,5Forget about dystopia Forget about the feminist label, even though that particularly seems to be the problem a lot of people have with the book Sophie Mackintosh s debut, The Water Cure is an haunting exploration of family dynamics, a coming of age tale that lays bare a lot of the issues young girls go through when their bodies are changing and everything is new Of course, most of it is shrouded in mystery and an air of dystopian sentiment, as we soon learn the three main protagonists, Grace, Lia and Sky, all sisters, live in a secluded island away from civilization, who seems to have fallen because of some kind of chemical war especially dangerous to women as men s touch proves to be toxic With them is their overbearing and abusive mother, who implements strict rules after a series of events that put the girl s lives in danger.The book is divided into three sections the first one, narrated in alternated perspectives between Grace s and Lia s individual voices, and then Grace s, Lia s and Sky s as a whole, is a short portion of the story as each of them tries to deal with their grief after their father is found dead In the section section, the bulk of the book, we start to follow the story through Lia s perspective alone, which at first felt like an odd decision, after the very strong opening chapters, but soon proved to be the most effective one as, while the marketing of the book points at an feminist dystopia from the vein of The Handmaid s Tale or The Power, while these two discuss the very real and important themes of female oppression and hypothetical scenarios, The Water Cure leaves the collective view of femininity to single handley examine the effects of overbearing, overprotective mothers and their suffocating behaviour on the normal feelings of transition between childhood and adulthood, specifically when it comes to women s bodies.It is a beautiful, sensory and very atmospheric read, with an impending sensation of doom lurking just at the corner of the eye, and the tension builds until you know you won t be able to escape it Mackintosh s writing is lush and evocative, which helped immensely in an otherwise flawed story it is not the perfect story, nor the perfect debut, but it is a strong and captivating read that surely puts Mackintosh on the literary map as one new voice to watch flag 15 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 06, 2018 Paul Fulcher rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves booker 2018, 2018, net galley I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subject to strange cures and therapies.The strength of this section is that it is open to so many different, and resonant, explanations The following are ones I noticed, or were brought to my attention by other reviewers A I will tell her that all of this has been an awakening, this fever dream, this discovery The Booker longlisted The Water Cure starts with an intriguing set up three girls on an isolated island, deliberately cut off by their parents from contact with the outside world, and subject to strange cures and therapies.The strength of this section is that it is open to so many different, and resonant, explanations The following are ones I noticed, or were brought to my attention by other reviewers Almost all of them seem arguably present in the text see tbw quotes and in interviews the author seems happy to acknowledge them as potentially valid readings These include A literal manifestation of toxic masculinity They let the toxic words fall out of their mouths with no care for what they could do to her.I became allergic to my husband He refused to acknowledge how sick he was making me He told me I was making it up, that it wasn t possible, even when I coughed up blood, when my hair stopped up the plughole Ecological disaster One of us daughters always fainted Sometimes it was two or all of us When that happened, King would become agitated You see he would tell us as we surrounded the fallen sister, as we flicked water against skin You see how quickly you d die out there A response to the election of a President who boasts about pussy grabbing and comments on his own daughter s sex appeal I didn t understand how rapidly things had changed, how all that had been needed was permission for everything to go to shit, and that permission had been granted I didn t know that there was no longer any need for the men to hold their bodies in check or to carry on the lie that we mattered A world where victims of male violence are blamed e.g the recent Northern Irish case , and where women are taught they must dress and behave in certain ways to remain safe Refrain of the man, universal This is not my fault See also I absolve myself of responsibility And I never said that You can t take the actions of my body as words Patriarchal survivalist cults You explained to me, one day when we were alone, when Mother was somewhere below, probably taking a nap you had saved all you could That is, we had proved ourselves the only ones worth saving with complicit matriachal support More than that, she was a woman at our father s side, absorbing and refining his theories.She had been behind the sadistic therapies Whether she truly believed in being cruel to be kind, or whether she just secretly hated us, reminders of what it meant to be younger and beautiful, I cannot quite decide Abusive parents manipulating inter sibling relationships All of us put our arms around her and told her that of course we would still love her, of course, but we knew it wouldn t be the same, that she would have to scramble for the affection, that it wouldn t come as easily We wouldn t be able to touch her so freely You picked me, as usual, tying me to you for another year You rigged it The whole thing was a sham The dynamics between sisters in a large family Sometimes, Mother tells us, when she is trying to be loving, I can no longer tell you girls apart Some days we like this, some days we don t.I say a prayer while wondering how I could ever have thought that we were two parts of the same person Overprotective parents keeping children in fearful ignorance Why should I, it wasn t something that had been laid out for me yet, it wasn t necessary information Sometimes it s better not to know, said Mother At the time, that was good enough for me Women s violent revenge for generations of abuse by men cf Naomi Alderman s The Power The anger of the women seemed a force from outside them It was an anger that welled up deep in their chests Without it, they would not have been able to survive I personally have always welcomed it The moments of power The burning in my stomach Borders seemingly an obligatory criteria for this year s Booker I will never come further than this from my home, I will never be a person who crosses the border I will never leave my sisters again Victorian times where women underwent often forced and typically medically dubious treatment in sanitoriums for conditions such as hysteria We are lucky, because we have been exposed to minimal damage We remember what those women looked like when they came to us But we also remember the effect the therapies had on them How their bodies strengthened until they were finally ready to undergo the water cure.Inventing a new therapy always put him in an expansive, joyful mood And to add a personal one, the potential later risks of sending my three daughters to all girls school until the age of 18 I know what it s like to be a young woman, she tells us I know all about what can destroy you We wait for her to tell us It s natural, what you re feeling, she says, addressing me specifically this time It s natural to want to look Grace laughs, a short laugh Stop it, Grace, Mother tells her She squeezes our hands tighter.The men are somewhere inside, I don t know where In our corridors, breathing our air Sitting in our furniture, leaving their trace You need a love therapy , she tells us And echoes of Shakespeare King Lear, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night s Dream The weakness of this section is arguably that they can t all be there, that perhaps Mackintosh has created too blank a slate and left too much to the reader.This criticism is perhaps most valid with the Shakespeare comparisons comparisons the author herself has acknowledged one needs than an eccentric man on an island with three daughters whose love he manipulates to make this a Tempest King Lear mash up.But in many respects my problem with The Water Cure was the opposite The ambiguity and wide potential interpretation was impressive, but I wish the novel had stopped there, as a novella c.f the quite brilliant MBI shortlisted Fever Dream.Instead the 2nd section, narrated from one sister s perspective, which describes what happened when three men arrive, rather dragged and added little for me, indeed perhaps detracted.And the closing section, while bringing the book to a suitable end, seemed to be unneccsarily reliant on some reveals that might have been better left for readers to deduce or imagine.But then of course as a novella, unlike apparently graphic novels, far fetched steampunk, poor crime fiction and poetry, it wouldn t have been Booker eligible.2.5 stars rounded up to 3 for the 4.5 star 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        Sophie Mackintosh won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta magazine and TANK magazine among others The Water Cure is her first novel.


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    1. Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sell copies, alas, it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel, we meet three sisters, Lia, Grace and Sky, who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and consequently referred to only as mother Their father, Of course you [...]


    2. This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vagueness and the hypnotic and introspective way this story unfolds.Sophie Mac Th [...]



    3. The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop I went into this blind not even aware it was a female dystopia.The writing is initially compelling, told in a sort of dreamy languid prose, the surroundings could be some sort of abandoned, decrepit, beachside resort if not for the unsettling cures You are never entirely sure if this family are su [...]


    4. Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure, is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off the mainland one fateful summer when they have their first experience with men other than their father Yep, that pretty much sums this one up Grace, Lia and Sky have bee [...]


    5. For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot I think I can say, it wasn t a pleasant read that blew my mind, but I didn t hate it as well I think I can see some people will feel comfortable with the book than others because of its style.First of all, it s said that the book is dystopian This created an expectatio For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t [...]


    6. In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxic.The dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse, and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another, thei [...]


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