As promised a few weeks ago, finally here my Fay Weldon’s review of “Big girls don’t cry”. i tried to be very careful, providing basic information and opinion, making it “spoiler free”. I have already mentioned it, I know, but I will do that again. I read the book in Albanian, published By Pegi Publishing House, one of the best here in Albania.
And with that said, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
First of all, know that it’s very straight forward and maybe someone would think of it as bold and brazen. That’s part of this book’s personality, this is how the characters truly are. Most of them are uncensored, because they show their true colors and are not afraid of not faking a facade to show to the rest. Well considering the time, breaking the boundaries, work hard, play hard, party hard and money looked easy but it wasn’t, it has never been, we just keep comparing easier eras to more difficult ones. That’s one of the biggest illusions of our reality.
“What are you talking about? Don’t blame it on me? It’s Andersen’s fault! Not mine!”
“Yeah, he has got a thing for tragic, sad, doomed from the beginning, love stories. If it was for me, I was quite ok down in the ocean. I mean I was a Princess for Poseidon’s sake. Young and beautiful, a mesmerizing voice… And would give that all up for a…”
“A pair of nice legs… do you understand? Besides my shiny tail is amazing. What’s wrong with it? If the Prince wanted me, he should have accepted me for what I was. Period!”
It’s interesting and it has got me really captivated. I think that by the end of the day I will be done with it.
Generally, I am quite skeptic when it comes to topics such as feminism or sexism as sometimes, it’s so easy to take the wrong step and get involved in biased or even extremist arguments that lead nowhere. But, Natasha Walter, the author besides showing facts, statistics and survey data, provides interviews with real people from showbiz industry to real life situations.
The way I see it, where she stands is an equilibrium point, as to some might sound debatable, but far from any kind of feminist extremism, drastic measures to bring into surface “the women empowerment”, radical opinions on “men vs women”(I am glad there is no such thing in it).