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The Carhullan Army (2007)

af Sarah Hall

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In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as Sister escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as un-officials in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.… (mere)
  1. 10
    World Made By Hand af James Howard Kunstler (hairball)
    hairball: Collapse on the other side of the pond.
  2. 10
    When She Woke af Hillary Jordan (sturlington)
  3. 00
    Califia's Daughters af Leigh Richards (Aquila)
    Aquila: Carhullan Army is the bleaker of the two.
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    The Book of Dave: a revelation of the recent past and the distant future af Will Self (hairball)
    hairball: Definitely a more male-centric book, but I'm fond of Will Self.
  5. 01
    The Ice People af Maggie Gee (imyril)
    imyril: Both novels depict an apocalyptic near-future Britain as a backdrop to tales about extreme feminism and the breakdown of traditional relationships. Compare and contrast with The Handmaid's Tale!
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I was pretty disappointed in this book. The writing is beautiful, but the plot is not believable. A renegade group of women defy the tyrannical government and set up a survivalist farm in England. Joined by the protagonist, "Sister," the women end up fighting the power (and the rest is for the curious). The story is dragged down by barge loads of unnecessary exposition and flashback, making the reading feel like trudging through a particularly muddy field in full downpour. Some have compared this to [b:The Children of Men|41913|The Children of Men|P.D. James|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1349091673s/41913.jpg|1142], a book I greatly liked and admired. But this one has none of James lightness, tension or humor. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
How apt to our time, more so now than ever. I don't understand all the negative reviews this book got and comparing it to The Handmaid's Tale just seems lazy. ( )
  viviennestrauss | May 6, 2020 |
Fairly good, disturbing dystopia. The ending felt rushed to me. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
Very location specific in character and vocabulary. Dystopian england has flooded and one woman tries to escape the authority and follow a dream of joining a women's commune in Cumbria. It's sad and bad-ass at the same time. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
When I was last at Jessa's I reclaimed a few of my own books from her collection before her move to Germany, and at the same time she pressed this one on me, saying I'd really like it. A few days ago, I was searching for a book to read while I'd misplaced Fear and Trembling, so I grabbed this one.

She was right! I was drawn in right from the beginning, to the point that some of Sister's anger and frustration spilled over into my (male-filled) life when I was forced to put the book down for a while. Sunday I plowed through the rest of the book despite Andrew being gone and my needing to watch Jefferson all day.

In this near-future dystopian vision, global warming has raised coastlines and temperatures, the economy has crashed, people have been herded into urban centers, and England is engaged in some unnamed war with far flung enemies. All women are fitted with contraceptive "regulators," subject to surprise inspection, and reproduction is by lottery. One woman finally has enough, so she flees her "official" existence in search of a women's community high in the mountains that she's been fascinated with since childhood, but has little idea if it still exists....

In many ways this book is the opposite of Door Into Ocean's Sharer world -- with incidents of torture, military training, and the final violent uprising, but in both books the women are wiry, strong, self-sufficient, living at harmony with their ecosystem, and in control. Could the women of Carhullan have staged a successful non-violent campaign of resistance? It's hard to say.

Both worlds have strong representations of women, and also people of color (perhaps Daughters more pointedly in the case of the latter.) Daughters also speaks strongly to the kind of power and self-control so alluring in glossy ads for the military. Of course, the Sharers also had that strength, though they went about completely different means to achieve it.

In the end, it is perhaps startling how much the two groups of women have in common.

Highly recommended. ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
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The Carhullan Army/Daughters of the North is worth reading for its gorgeous prose and layered depictions of the relationships among the women in a commune. But as a future dystopian narrative, it presents a few really terrifying ideas — the Coil chief among them — and then falls a bit flat.
tilføjet af PhoenixTerran | Redigerio9, Charlie Jane Anders (Mar 19, 2008)
 

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In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as Sister escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as un-officials in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.

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