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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

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Kaggsy of the Bookishramblings kindly sent it to me after receiving and reading this review copy (she noted it on her blog with a link to her review on Shiny New Books). I loved the creativity and variety of the whole collection and as a result look forward to seeking out more of the work by some of the authors who contributed.

A story of a woman going beyond the path laid out for her and risking herself for her people and her future despite great fear.But the undeniable truth is that if I had made even the slightest effort to look outwards at these children, instead of inwards, I could have changed everything that happened. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. I was determined to read this book, published this year to celebrate Virago Press’s 50th anniversary, this year, and I have got it in as hopefully my penultimate read.

I liked the discussions on heroism, fate and whether we have any free will at all they had when reading Oedipus, the way the kids swapped opinions on sacrifice when it came to Alcestis and how the themes of revenge, justice and vigilante justice they discussed when reading the Oresteia came into play later in the story. Warrior” by Chibundu Onuzo (5/5) features a Biblical figure whose leadership and wisdom lead her people to victory in battle. Anyway, I still can't get over how predictable this book was and if it only stuck to just one storyline, it probably would have gotten a better review.

Margaret Atwood, Susie Boyt, Eleanor Crewes, Emma Donoghue, Stella Duffy, Linda Grant, Claire Kohda, CN Lester, Kirsty Logan, Caroline O'Donoghue, Chibundu Onuzo, Helen Oyeyemi, Rachel Seiffert, Kamila Shamsie and Ali Smith - introduced by Sandi Toksvig. So, yeah, she feels distant to the reader, at times, because she has distanced herself from everyone and everything. I liked the writing and the pacing and found myself staying interested in the story and finishing it fairly quickly. Although a medical examiner listed 33 injuries to Smith’s body, including bite marks, when a police investigator was asked on the stand about the severity of her injuries, he said, “Honestly, I mean, I would have thought there would be more. Natalie has managed to link the infamous Greek Tragedies into everyday life, often without the reader being aware of it.

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