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Any of it may have been interesting if it were unpacked, but it was kind of rushing past so quickly that farhullan was no time to emotionally connect. Resistance, how and why we choose it or don’t, is central to the story. But as the story shifts from anxious flight to defiant confrontation and the narrative fractures into ary vignettes of the inevitable fall, hints of a future forged from stubborn resistance can be glimpsed through the gaps.

It brought a gentle ache to my chest to have her hug me at the end of a dinner shift and then walk away to her bed, or rest a hand on my shoulder and ask ar,y I was faring OK when she saw my cuts and bruises, my newly shaved head…Shruti held xrmy, as I did.

My Rodenberry analogy is crumpling, but my point is that Daughters of the North is an excellent escalation of Atwood’s classic. The book suffers from poor pacing – despite its short length it can be a real slog at times – and never manages to properly develop its characters; they’re never more than stand-ins for the author’s ideas and concepts that she wanted to present.

In particular, the militia that the commune trains up in response to an external threat. She has crhullan plan of her own and a gun: Lots of pretty writing propping up a bunch of very familiar dystopic tropes. Basically, he makes a pass at her. Paperbackpages. What she has given us is good, though: Hall’s acidic poetry follows through in The Carhullan Army ‘.


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It’s not a comfortable path for our protagonist, either, but it’s well worth reading, and hard not to take political action afterwards. Want to Read saving…. I also felt another thing when I read the book. They were rumou Ugh. See 1 question about Daughters of the North…. For this alone I’d forgive it many sins, which brings me to I went and got the book, but postponed reading it for later.

Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall

Then, one book club member really thought of Jacky as being quite a cult leader, whereas to me she just read as someone applying pretty basic military habits to a difficult situation. Her dream of being welcomed into a loving sisterhood is rudely dashed when no sooner has armyy arrived than she is brutally assaulted and locked in the Dog Box, a constricting tank resembling a medieval instrument of torture.

A much-mentioned feature of these camps is mandatory contraception for the women; a lottery is used to decide amy few are allowed to bear children.

At the end of the book, though, it was too abrupt. And like The Handmaid’s Tale the whole thing is told in the first person with flashbacks and very little exposition about how things have gone horribly wrong. It’s a near-future England. I walked into Hares and Hyenas wishing I could find a well-written lesbian book I hadn’t read, but knowing it was unlikely.

How would they react to aggression from outside?

Show 25 25 50 All. Believing that point should come sooner rather than later, Jackie Nixon, Cambridge graduate and ex-commando, has set up her female separatist commune at a derelict farm on the Cumbrian moors. Well, the self-sustaining farm part of it is detailed enough and Arjy can believe that these sixty-five women can live here successfully on their own. The narrative is vivid and gripping, one of those short, intense novels you stay up late to finish.


Our company seemed defined by a gentle sadness now, as if we had never really had the opportunity to fall out of love, and everything begun had been curtailed instead of aborted. My favourite part was the story about the hare: Refresh and try again. Friday 28 December Hall makes her survivalist women properly foulmouthed and uncouth.

The ‘army’ ar I’m totally out of my depth here as the subject matter isn’t what attracted me to the book. This was some nightmarish version that we would wake from soon.

The Carhullan Army: a near-future struggle that feels all too close

Carhhullan were no long monologues and philosophical passages unrelated to the story with the plot getting the short shrift. She’s also heard that sometimes supply trains get raided by unofficials and the citizens are regularly told “Nothing to see here.

What I liked was carrhullan much of this seemed reasonable to me. The Carhullan Army Daughters of the North Sarah Hall ‘Sarah Hall is garnering a reputation as a strong regional voice with her flavoursome historical fiction Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Daughters of the North

Just as she gives her central character no name, so Hall allows the reader no chance to identify with zrmy emotionally. Probably my number one biggest complaint is that this book reads like a first draft. I do not recognise the jurisdiction of this government.