The Water Cure E–pub/Kindle


The Water CureTime 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 uite 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 uite 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 Mackintosh tried to raise interesting points about family dynamics and gender but in the end the execution didn t convince me15 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 spoilerFor the entire novel I pictured them as being two teenagers and an elementa 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 conseuently 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 ids and under the guise of teaching them survival techniues 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 When Someone You Love Is Addicted To Alcohol Or Drugs 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 femaleids with the help of a woman their mother who is described as particularly sadistic As a conseuence 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 to give up their agency again subjugating themselves to dangerous 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 fathersThis brings us DIRECTLY TO THE NEXT ISSUE I HAVE WITH THIS to the next issue I have with this The total number of men you can take seriously in this text is zero and when I read sentences like there 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 now 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 We would all still love each other but what it meant was if there was a burning fire if two sisters were stuck in the inferno and they were screaming a name the only right thing would be to pick the one the iron dictated to save It is important to ignore any contrary instinct of your traitor heart We were uite used to that Had this been a fairytale it would have started like this There once was a couple who had three daughters and they lived on an isolated island King was the father s name and Grace Lia and Sky were taught that he was their only protection from creatures that wanted to harm them The Creatures Were Called Men were called men he was a man but it didn t matter He alone new what was good for the family Because the girls were weak fragile easy to fall ill from the sickness carried by the outside world However women were welcomed to the island Women who were frighten. Other 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 worldBut 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 Ed and wounded Women who should accept rebirth through fear and water But they weren t there when the master of the house died They weren t there when three men were washed ashore They weren t there when the daughters had to chooseBut this is not a fairytale This is a story of isolation exploitation intentional fear and violenceAnd what about the Mother one may ask A mother is not a mother when she oppresses her children and obeys a madman obsessively violently in a household where iron determines who is to be loved most When she doesn t protect her children from paranoia when she blatantly maliciously threatens them the mother becomes a worse danger than all the men in the world She becomes a monster Terror doesn t come from women or men It comes from therapies initiated by disturbed people who exploit the ordeal of women to serve their Messiah complex and their heinous inclinations Terror comes from ignorance when a young girl falls for the handsome strangerMackintosh plays well with stereotypes and the themes of uncertainty and a vague external threat The extracts from the Welcome Book of one of the guests of the island a woman who has suffered abuse talk of an invisible threat coming from a man Who is he The answer will be found at the end of the book She is haunted by his presence abused by his shadow Who are the other women who refuse to support her And then two men and a young boy are washed ashore their intentions suspicious from the start In these pages you will find an array of some of the most hate worthy characters you ll ever meet I wanted to murder half of the cast and I suppose this is a token of the writer s powerful writing I collect a long fingertip of dust from the lip of a vase a solitary object on the mantelpiece in the hall It is empty except for a wasp dying in its own sound vibrating dully against the porcelain Suffer I mouth at it Mackintosh s prose is like a suffocating summer afternoon that carries the anticipation of an almost metaphysical terror Lies deceit delusion create a claustrophobic environment At times the writing is so raw and violent that even I started feeling extremely uncomfortable and this doesn t happen often The violence between the two older sisters touches the boundaries of madness a result of their abnormal upbringing This is the only way for me to explain Lia s hysterics that bothered me uite a lot throughout the story I suppose this is an example of the animal instincts we all carry inside intensified by isolation and lack of education Another issue I faced was the dialogue which came in contrast with the exuisite prose Especially the interactions between Lia and Llew were so bad it was an actual physical torture for me to read Thankfully dialogue is limited in the novel and I wasn t tempted to subtract a star because of itNo this isn t mind blowing Literature We have read similar books and will come out in the future But it is a marvelous novel beautiful in its bleakness and desperation the prose exuisite and mysterious like a sultry summer evening the last chapters are ferocious and devastating worthy of 5 stars alone It balances Dystopian Fiction elements although the novel has nothing to do with the genre and it is wrong to be marketed like that and a very realistic in depth study of the harm we can do to ourselves and to othersEven if it is a candidate for the most insufferable cast of characters The Water Cure shows that monsters can be found in both sexes Women and men can become oppressive dangerous destructive There are no saviours but ourselves in these troubled times Trusting in our strength aided by education and companionship are the ways to distance ourselves from populists and tyrants Building fortresses against imaginary threats that possibly serve twisted purposes only leads to destruction and we have two World Wars and countless hostilities to prove this One day they will overwhelm us water molding our carpets and warping the paruet leaving tidemarks on the wallpapers But I hope to be long gone by then My reviews can also be found on Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of womenHaunting and thought provokingThis story focuses on 3 sisters Grace Lia and Sky who live with their mother and their father King in a very with their mother and their father King in a very place They are told that they are ept apart from others for their own goodThere were other women living there with them before but they no longer live there now Now it is just their small family who stick to their own rituals and cures to prevent the daughters from themselves toxicity the fearful outside world and men One day King leaves and is feared to never come back to the Island Soon two men and one boy are washed by the sea onto the shore bringing desire and destruction to this family s routinely schedules This book was very introspective with thoughts focusing on the point of views from the two eldest daughters Lia and Grace While not much action happens through out the book we are witness to how the girls believe they are getting sick and the punishments and treatments they give themselves to avoid this toxicityThe cures rituals punishments and treatments are all learned from their parents They are also highly abusive not only physically but also emotionally often rendering the girls into danger From the novel it is suspected that these are done often maliciously and the parents will often try to turn the girls against each other to see how far they will go It also shows the love that transpires between the girls and their parents as the girls have no idea that these abuses are wrong and still only want to please and receive approval and love from their parents Some of this story has been characterised as dystopian however it does eerily mirror the reality of many girls and women They are taught characterised as dystopian however it does eerily mirror the reality of many girls and women They are taught fear men and the outside world as they will only use and abuse you It shows how desperate measures are taken to raise a daughter 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. Listering 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 menA 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.

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This bookIt 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 uite 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 unfoldsSophie 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 thatThe 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 authenticityAt 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 meI 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 itFirst 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 In The Water Cure three sisters live with their mother and father on an island cut off from the rest of the world They are taught from a young age that women must be protected from the terror and violence of men and that the real world is filled with toxins that would degrade and sicken them 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 toxicThe 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 spouseparent repressed female sexuality an unseen menace and tragic conseuences 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 before in Rebecca Wide 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 the wives nowadays it seems they are the daughters Make of that what you will I GuessThe Girls Are Pale Underfed Bruised Always With Dark Circles girls are pale underfed bruised always with dark circles 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 devicesAs 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 illing 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 obliue oneThe third sister Sky is very much in the background This is ind of baffling until a blink and you ll miss it twist towards the end view spoilerreveals 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 All the monsters in this book are women I m a bit tired of publicists andor 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 uite 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 uite high hopes for this one mainly because of some very favorable reviews by people I admire But sadly the book was uite a disappointmentFirst 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. 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 laid the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message Do not enter Or viewed from an. ,


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