The Female Man is a hard, but an intriguing novel to read. I liked that Russ decided to not just be normal and use one female character, but use four women. She is showing the lives and roles of four women across four alternative times.
What I found the most difficult, so far, is understanding the smaller paragraphs.There is not enough ‘meat’ in the paragraphs for me to take anything from it. The longer paragraphs, on the other hand, were easier to read and understand because they exposed more information to us, like names. At the start of reading, not going to lie, I was completely lost. I had no idea who was talking or where they were. The way Russ wrote this novel made it easy to understand what was going on, yet the jumping from timezone to timezone is where I became lost. I am still a bit confused as to where Janet ended up. I know she landed in Jeannine’s time. Yet she was hanging out with both Jeannine and Joanna in a limousine. I’m pretty sure that really happened. Oops.
Farther into the reading I was able to somewhat understand who was talking. What I found refreshing was that I felt that the narrators were addressing me. They were speaking to me, making me become more engrossed in the reading. For example at the beginning of Part II a character we still haven’t met, Jael, addressed us directly. It was interesting that Russ decided to write her novel in this way. Different, but fascinating.
I’m excited and nervous to continue on reading.