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Odd Girl Out (English Edition) Kindle版
- ASIN : B00TI22L8A
- 出版社 : Mira (2014/8/1)
- 発売日 : 2014/8/1
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3782 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 234ページ
When Laura first starts college she soon falls in with the sexy and intelligent tease, Beth. Laura soon finds that she has an awakened desire for Beth, and that Beth seems to have strong feelings for her. It is not too long before the girls are having an affair, but at the same time Beth has fallen for a male student, Charlie thus embroiling her in a love triangle. At the same time Beth's best and oldest friend, Emily has been making a bit of a scandal with her boyfriend, eventually with them both caught in bed together.
Ultimately the story centres on Beth and Laura, and whether Beth will ride off into the sunset with Laura, or stay with Charlie. To us nowadays the love scenes are very tame indeed, but at the time this book was considered sleazy and pornographic. You can however feel the underlying lust throughout the book and it is much better than a lot of the more modern adult novels. You really get to know and care for the main characters, and you get a feel of the time that this was written in, making it ideal for those studying that era for social history. Indeed in America this and the other books are on the curriculum for those who do gay and lesbian studies as it shows what life was like pre-Stonewall. So saying though you don't have to be gay or lesbian, or a perv to enjoy this book it is such a good read. If you want to get a feel for the era and read something that was considered scandalous when first published then read this. You may find like me, that in the end you want to read the whole series. Also included in this book is an introduction that is very worth reading, by the author.
Whether it has been updated since I bought it I don't know and the "Look inside" preview gives none of the story itself, which is no help.
Suffice to say it is jarring to read a story that is disjointed, missing punctuation with misspelling and word substitutions.
I have the hard copy of this book to compare and can only put this poor quality down to laziness on the part of the editor and proofreader (I assume they exist) of this Kindle edition.
What I did find was a beautifully written story about the tensions between love and the demands of a restrictive society, when one's heart simply wont follow the rules that have been laid down by others. It is hard today to understand the pressures to conform when the love you feel is not just deemed immoral but illegal as well but, after reading this I have a clearer view. Ironically the example of a woman who "falls" is a straight woman who, inadvertently, bares her breasts at a dance and then gets caught in bed with her boyfriend. For these transgressions her life is destroyed and she is condemned to eternal disgrace. It is against this background that one of the two main characters, Beth tells the other, her lover Laura, not to be all high and mighty, that what they are doing, their love, however pure in their hearts, would be seen as far, far worse.
As soon as I started the book I was engrossed and ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting. As a story of the pleasures and heartaches of a love that "dare not tell its name" it transcends its time and medium. As Ms Bannon explains in the forward it could only be published at the time because "pulp" fiction passed under the radar and no one noticed. Fifty odd years later in these post Stonewall days we should be grateful that she found a way.
Whatever your gender or sexual orientation I cannot recommend this book enough.
There are certain sentences written in an almost normalising way of aggressivity towards women and encouraging of "feminine passivity" that I did not like, especially as one of the two main characters was said to be independent only to be turned into a follower of someone who in the beginning, seemed like a good bloke, but ended up showing his true colours eventually.
I do have to add that for me, things were a little fast, but I do not have for habit to read fictions so perhaps that is just an observation that won't put another off reading.
Personally, I found none of the characters all that appealing though I gobbled the book quickly all the same; as it is a series, I am interested to find out what happens to them and I am happy with the progress and growth the two protagonists made in the end.
As for the fact of when it was written, I do find it to be less judgemental than what one would expect and for that, and for what the stories represented to the many fans who loved them or supported them regardless of whether the actual characters were loved or not, I salute the author's bravery and she has my respect.