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I Become a Delight to My Enemies PDF, ePub eBook Dark, cutting, and coursed through with bright flashes of humour, crystalline imagery, and razor-sharp detail, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a gut-wrenchingly powerful, breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the violence and shame inflicted on the female body and psyche. An experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies uses many different voices and forms t Dark, cutting, and coursed through with bright flashes of humour, crystalline imagery, and razor-sharp detail, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a gut-wrenchingly powerful, breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the violence and shame inflicted on the female body and psyche. An experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies uses many different voices and forms to tell the stories of the women who live in an uncanny Town, uncovering their experiences of shame, fear, cruelty, and transcendence. Sara Peters combines poetry and short prose vignettes to create a singular, unflinching portrait of a Town in which the lives of girls and women are shaped by the brutality meted upon them and by their acts of defiance and yearning towards places of safety and belonging. Through lucid detail, sparkling imagery and illumination, Peters' individual characters and the collective of The Town leap vividly, fully formed off the page. A hybrid in form, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is an awe-inspiring example of the exquisite force of words to shock and to move, from a writer of exceptional talent and potential.

30 review for I Become a Delight to My Enemies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trin

    It's 2019: every day I am reminded of the thousands of ways in which being a woman is a rage- and terror-inducing, frustratingly impotent shitfest. Why would you need to cloak those feelings, those facts, in convoluted metaphor? It just doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't work for me. Occasional flashes of humor, and a few of the more sharply specific pieces, save this novel-in-stories/poetry collection from being a total failure for me. But maybe I should just stop trying to read experimental f It's 2019: every day I am reminded of the thousands of ways in which being a woman is a rage- and terror-inducing, frustratingly impotent shitfest. Why would you need to cloak those feelings, those facts, in convoluted metaphor? It just doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't work for me. Occasional flashes of humor, and a few of the more sharply specific pieces, save this novel-in-stories/poetry collection from being a total failure for me. But maybe I should just stop trying to read experimental fiction. And instead build a separatist feminist collective on the moon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A work of genius; a triumph in melding forms. Part Greek tragedy, part Orwell's 1984, part lived experience of almost every woman in the world, IBADTME pulls us into the Town, a place that seems almost normal on the surface, but has an ageless and violent secret roiling and rotting beneath the facade. A particular standout is Third State; read it and weep (literally). We don't deserve something this good and powerful and incisive and timely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong • "Once I was faultlessly beautiful, and my life depended upon it. I groomed my trembling, long-legged animal. I felt great love, I felt great fear: either way to you, it hardly mattered." • This book is a contemplative look at the brutality and misogyny against women and of their survival in a small town. Of the men who cause such violence, and of a powerful Chancellor and his horror's. The collapse of this town in a defiance for a bett For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong • "Once I was faultlessly beautiful, and my life depended upon it. I groomed my trembling, long-legged animal. I felt great love, I felt great fear: either way to you, it hardly mattered." • This book is a contemplative look at the brutality and misogyny against women and of their survival in a small town. Of the men who cause such violence, and of a powerful Chancellor and his horror's. The collapse of this town in a defiance for a better future. • Peter's has done a beautiful job using different writing styles and voices to share this dark yet at times humorous tale. I really enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. Its slim but very dark and raw, it really packs a punch! I loved the mix of poetry and prose and all the vivid imagery. This author was new to me but I need to read more of her work. She's a very talented writer with so much potential. • Thank you to the publisher for #gifting me this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Kernohan

    I liked this book, but I think I would be careful who I recommend it to. I think you will like this book if you like a mix of poetry and poetic prose, if you like letting abstract word pictures wash over you and filling in the gaps with your own imagination, and if you find hope in stories even if they are dark and brutal. There was something in this book that spoke to me but might not speak to everyone, and what parts of the books stuck with me will be different than what might stick with you. I liked this book, but I think I would be careful who I recommend it to. I think you will like this book if you like a mix of poetry and poetic prose, if you like letting abstract word pictures wash over you and filling in the gaps with your own imagination, and if you find hope in stories even if they are dark and brutal. There was something in this book that spoke to me but might not speak to everyone, and what parts of the books stuck with me will be different than what might stick with you. If it sounds intriguing to you, pick it up, give it a try, and put it down if it doesn’t work for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    A fantastic piece of work. The poetry often cuts deep as it reminds us, in several different ways, how women have been abused and lulled into silence for so many years. The vulnerability, pain, struggle, healing, and triumph explored in the book is a necessary, and at times gut wrenching, read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    😕 I don't read enough poetry to fully appreciate and grasp everything that's going on, here, I don't think. A lot went over my head, and I didn't spend enough time lingering. Some of the images in this book were breathtaking. The characters were complex. I was intrigued by the world building, when it was there. But I wanted more information. More plot, instead of hints and sporadic images. Maybe that's why I didn't stop and analyze as much; I kept waiting for everything to come together in a mor 😕 I don't read enough poetry to fully appreciate and grasp everything that's going on, here, I don't think. A lot went over my head, and I didn't spend enough time lingering. Some of the images in this book were breathtaking. The characters were complex. I was intrigued by the world building, when it was there. But I wanted more information. More plot, instead of hints and sporadic images. Maybe that's why I didn't stop and analyze as much; I kept waiting for everything to come together in a more concrete way. This is technically a novel (or was advertised as such), so I'm a bit disappointed. But Sara Peters did leave me with some lovely and horrifying images.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tom Buchanan

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    Erin

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    Jake

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    Kathleen

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    Neil Ornstein

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