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In this debut novel three daughters live in seclusion from the

World Because Their Parents Have 
because their parents have 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 misdirected love wasn t explored 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 to a millennial colour palette The tropes are there enforced isolation abusive spouseparent repressed female sexuality an unseen 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 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 guessThe 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 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 Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, kind 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 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 When their father disappears and two men and a boy show up on their island their lives upend What follows for the sisters is the slow disintegration of their lives that they have always fearedThe story is divided into three parts and I found the first two to be decent though not great The prose is dreamlike and evocative filled with lots of feelings and thoughts We spend a lot of time getting tonow the cruel punishments and rituals their parents subject them to in order to cleanse their bodies and minds and be rid of the world s toxins But then I got t 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 Mac 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 styleFirst 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 any. A gripping sinister fable Margaret Atwood via Twitter ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR NPR GLAMOUR GOOD HOUSEKEEPING LIT HUB THRILLISTKing has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters Grace Lia and Sky Here on his island women are protected from the chaos and viol. The Water CureN 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 ids 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 and let s face it idiotic pseudo religious cures because they are fragile and weak and also morons who because they are fragile and weak and also morons who 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 book 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 Whoever has the chance to read the latter instead of this do it 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 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 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 time for supplies was in many respects a rehash of the Premise In Gather The Daughters in Gather the Daughters 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 All the monsters in this book are women. Gical cat and mouse game plays out Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters are forced to confront the amorphous threat the strangers representA haunting riveting debut The Water Cure is a fiercely poetic feminist revenge fantasy that's a startling reflection of our time. .

Thing else behind itThe writing Style Is Very Fluid Atmospheric is very fluid atmospheric 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 feels like a plot at least a story It was not easy to get through and at times I ll be honest I was boredThe 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 now the others much which may be intentional by the author anywayIn summary it was a strange read that s not for everyone If you enjoy strange read that s not for everyone If you enjoy 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 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 isolated place They are told that they are ept apart from others for their own goodThere were other women living t 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 and he was a man but it didn t matter He alone Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, knew 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 frightened 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 str 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 theids 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 ind of cult At the time the narrative sets in none of these wome. Ence of men on the mainland The cult like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading worldBut when King disappears and two men and a boy wash ashore the sisters' safe world begins to unravel Over the span of one blistering hot week a psycholo.

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