Review – The Seawomen by Chloe Timms
I doubt I can add very much more to the many other complementary reviews that have been written about The Seawomen. My conclusion is, it is a mesmerising, atmospheric book that draws you in, even though you know it will be a painful read, illustrating misogyny, patriarchy and hatred of anything other.
Non conformity is abhorred and violently driven out
A couple of pages in and the oppression is obvious. The Untethering is an awful ceremony which all females are meant to attend and learn from or more appropriately be in fear of and compliant
It’s a husband’s job to send the wife out to sea for the final time. The wife bears the blame, when fertility is a joint responsibility.
The terribleness of this is the matter of fact nature of the story told. A man, no boy had the right to do this to a smaller child because she was a girl. You can’t be sicken by this anymore, only saddened by the damage wrought on the community by this terrible doctrine.
How you choose to live or survive in that environment when you are a unique individual with thoughts that do not adhere to the consensus is challenging
Every natural event, happenstance can and is blamed on the presence and evil nature of Seawomen to pollute the good
The Seawomen is a book that resonates, demonstrating the challenge of living through the lives of a few freethinkers on an isolated island. I am impressed with the slow start which built up to a satisfying end.