The Power

by Naomi Alderman | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0670919969 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookfrogster of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 11/27/2017
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21 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by bookfrogster from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, November 27, 2017
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. A great idea, brilliantly executed. Although it is being compared to the Handmaid's Tale, it's not really the same at all, other than in it's awesomeness!

Journal Entry 2 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, February 19, 2018

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And off it goes as part of the wishlist tag game. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Thank you for the book. This is on a lot of wishlists so I imagine I will pass it on with another tag.

Really thought-provoking and disturbing read.

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Going to Lamilla

Journal Entry 5 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Received today!

TRIGGER WARNING: graphic depiction of rape and violence

Ray: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/551271

Travelling order:
Lamilla (Belarus) - done
sedna5213 (Germany) - done
iiwi (The Netherlands) - done
Femke85 (Sweden) - done
tenscentpistol (France) - done
florence71 (France) - done
Bookworm-lady (Spain) - done
Lizzy-stardust (UK) - done
Cross-patch (UK) - done
caroline-m (UK) - done
Cassandra2020 (UK) - done
estelle1806 (Ireland) - done
LysMibo (Ireland) - done
Delphi_Reader (Greece) - done
dutch-book (The Netherlands) - done
Jotka (Germany) - done
mcsar (Canada) - done
adrienne10 (US) - prefer US/Canada, can do intl' if needed, here, 13.08

Journal Entry 6 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (4/28/2018 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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You've found a travelling book. Hurray!
The book's journey continues by its finder's cooperation and creativity. By making a journal entry on this book, you can add to the book's story as it travels from reader to reader around the world.
Enjoy your reading!

Привет!
Спасибо, что нашли время зайти на сайт и сделать запись в журнале! Напишите, когда и где вы нашли книгу.
Перед тем, как попасть к Вам, она побывала в других уголках света. История ее путешествий записана на сайте, и теперь к ней добавился еще один пункт. Я очень рада, что она нашла нового читателя в Вашем лице.

Journal Entry 7 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The book arrived today! Thanks a lot Lamilla! Will start to read it right away.

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A very interesting read.

Journal Entry 8 by wingsedna5213wing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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The book is travelling to the next reader.

Journal Entry 9 by wingiiwiwing at Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, May 27, 2018
Found this in the mailbox after returning from a few days in Amsterdam!

Journal Entry 10 by wingiiwiwing at Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, July 14, 2018
That was fun, a book that read as a Netflix series. The novel is more action than character based in my opinion. I just read the Handmaid's tale a month ago, these novels are like yin and yang to each other.

I still have Femke's address I think, I will contact here.

Journal Entry 11 by wingFemke85wing at Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Saturday, July 21, 2018
The book arrived in the mail and will start reading it soon.

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Update 11/08/2018

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I finished it a few weeks ago and recommended it to several people. Like others have said: it reads like a Netflix series.
What if women suddenly develop the ability to physically hurt or kill other people by shooting electricity from their body. What if women become the physically dominant gender over night? A story that starts off with setting this straight and taking revenge on people (men) that perhaps deserved it, but soon escalates, leaving a bitter taste after you finish the book. Bitter, because a lot of the events that are described (rape, terrorism, suppression...) occur in our world, yet the only thing that is altered in the book is the sex of the dominant gender.

Journal Entry 12 by wingFemke85wing at Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Sent off to France

Journal Entry 13 by tenscentpistol at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, August 25, 2018
Book is with me, thank you Femke85 for sending it my way. I'll do my best to read it before our monthly parisian meetup so that I can give to Florence.71

Journal Entry 14 by tenscentpistol at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, September 10, 2018
A very interesting read indeed. A novel, sure, but the non-subnatural events do exist in the actual world. Unfortunately. Whether it's this way round or the other way round. Thank you Lamilla for offering this Ray.

I will pass it on to Florence tomorrow night, at our Parisian meetup.

Journal Entry 15 by tenscentpistol at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Given to Florence, at the Parisian meetup.
Bonne lecture!

Journal Entry 16 by wingFlorence71wing at Fontenay-sous-Bois, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Take back home from the parisian monthly meet up. Thanks Tenscenpistol. I try to read it in one month time

Journal Entry 17 by wingFlorence71wing at Fontenay-sous-Bois, Ile-de-France France on Friday, October 12, 2018
I can't enter in this book, sorry ! Prefer to pass it on the next participant of the ring.

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Goes to Reet Petite, next participant ! Hope you'll enjoy it more than I do.

Journal Entry 19 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 18, 2018
This was sent to me by mistake. I'll send it to Bookworm-lady.

Journal Entry 20 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, November 01, 2018
And the book is here...
Thanks, ReetPetite, for sending it to me; I really appreciate it.
Thanks to Lamilla for sharing, and thanks to Florence71 for your lovely card... well, originally addressed to ReetPetite, but which will also work for me.
Looking forward to reading it, as I am really intrigued.

Journal Entry 21 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Friday, January 18, 2019
Currently reading it; I started last night, and I am already hooked! :)

Journal Entry 22 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, March 04, 2019
Sorry that it took so long for me to finish it, I haven't done much reading lately as I am swamped with work and other things in my life.
Well... this is not "The Handmaid's Tale", regardless of Ms Atwood's endorsement. The author cleverly takes things that men have been doing to women through the ages, and turns them round, which makes for really provoking reading.
However, I could not emphatize with any of the characters... though I really liked Tunde, the journalist.
I found it too long, with too many violent scenes; but this did not prevent me from reading it until its conclusion. Ah, and I also liked the inclusion of the drawings.
Thanks for sharing it, Lamilla, and sorry for keeping it so long. It will soon be on its way to its next reader.

Journal Entry 23 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Sent today to its next reader in UK; sorry for taking so long, I have been swamped with work and did not find the time for a trip to the Post Office. :(

Journal Entry 24 by Lizzy-stardust at Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Thursday, March 21, 2019
Received in today's post! Thanks so much for sharing it! I look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 25 by Lizzy-stardust at Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Monday, April 22, 2019
So, there's been a lot of comparison between this and The Handmaid's Tale, which fortunately was only true in the theme of the book. I hated a The Handmaid's Tale and loved (nearly) everything about this book.

I liked the overt ways women began to take revenge for the oppression they've suffered, and the role reversals where it became unsafe for men to walk around in public alone. Loved the idea of women helping women learn to use their power. And I enjoyed the subtle role reversal of the newscasters, where at first it was the man who reported actual news and the woman who did the fluff pieces, but by the end she was reporting the news and he was doing the filler.

I wasn't so impressed with the amount of graphic violence, though I chose to see that as a comment on how power corrupts and breeds violence rather than the other way around. Liked the drawings too.

This book is now reserved for Cross - patch, to be posted Thursday when I get paid.

Journal Entry 26 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Thank you all. It was lovely to come home from holiday to find this book shaped parcel in the pile of post. Your reviews have intrigued me and I cannot wait to start.

Journal Entry 27 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Top read so far this year. Well crafted and thoroughly absorbing. Our human frailties are hard to observe through this literary microscope.

Journal Entry 28 by wingCross-patchwing at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, May 13, 2019

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And off it flies to Caroline.

Journal Entry 29 by wingCross-patchwing at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, May 13, 2019

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And off it flies to Caroline.

Journal Entry 30 by caroline-m at Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, May 20, 2019
Thanks for sharing this! I'm just finishing a book for a roundabout, and then this is next on the pile - aim to get it moving sometime next week.

Journal Entry 31 by caroline-m at Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, June 03, 2019
This book was certainly gripping, I finished it in two days!

As previously mentioned, at first there was a sense of cheering on the abused women who were suddenly able to turn the tables on the men who were subjugating them.

However it soon became harder and harder to read as the power started to cause it's own cruelty and corruption.

I liked the way the story was told from different perspectives, I was particularly rooting for Roxy and genuinely shocked when she was attacked.

A very powerful read which will definitely stay with me.

Journal Entry 32 by caroline-m at Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, June 17, 2019

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Apologies for the delay on getting this on the move - will be in the post to Cassandra2020 tomorrow!

Journal Entry 33 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, June 20, 2019
Arrived today. Looking forward to reading it

Journal Entry 34 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, July 18, 2019
The Power by Naomi Alderman - excellent

Out of nowhere, teenage girls are discovering they have the power to give electric shocks, a bit like an electric eel does. Initially, it's those that are in danger, being attacked or abused and trying to fight back, but more and more find themselves able to do so and then they discover that they can awaken the power in other, older, women.

Suddenly women have the upper hand and roles start to reverse. What will this mean? Will the world become less warlike and more caring or will the power corrupt?

We follow the story through the eyes of a handful of women and one man who is the first to report on the story and to follow its progress.

I don't really want to say much more or it will give away too much of the story.

Lastly, I know some people have found some of the violence and abuse stories difficult to read, but there's nothing gratuitous or over gory. There's just enough detail to make the story work. But it should be noted that if this is a trigger for you, this is not the book for you.

So glad I signed up for this bookray and read this.

Journal Entry 35 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (7/18/2019 UTC) at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom

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Posted on to the next lucky reader.

Although this book is registered at www.bookcrossing.com, you don't have to be a member. It's perfectly OK to just take the book and enjoy it. Of course, if you can visit the website and let us know that you've picked it up, that would be even better - you don't even have to join, you can add your comments anonymously - you can also post your review when you've read it, then return it or pass it on to someone else.

If you do join Bookcrossing, you'll be able to see what happens to it afterwards - for ever!

Journal Entry 36 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, July 22, 2019
Received today 22 July, will get to it straightaway! Thanks for sharing and posting.

Journal Entry 37 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Glad I have read this, after the hype it caused. However, I did not love it. I found it really disturbing and thought-provoking, leaving a bitter taste afterwards, as the violence was overwhelming throughout the book.
It really showed how useless the human species can be, when given the opportunity to change the world...

Journal Entry 38 by wingestelle1806wing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (8/15/2019 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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Please let us know when you release it again...

Journal Entry 39 by LysMibo at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, August 25, 2019
The Power arrived safely at my door! Thanks!

Journal Entry 40 by LysMibo at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, October 11, 2019
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a reflection of how the sense of being stronger can influence the behaviour. Even though, I get the feeling that the author could have included a character that would use the power for good. Thanks for sharing this book! I'll be sending it to the next person as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 41 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, November 04, 2019
The book arrived safely in Delphi today.
Thank you very much everyone for sharing.

Journal Entry 42 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Saturday, November 09, 2019
The Power is based on a clever premise. It's an interesting book offering food for thought, using a narration quite action-based but featuring somewhat one-dimentional characters. Some plot twists felt too forced while the way the end came left a lot to be desired on my opinion. And I'm not sure what to make of the Allie/Mother Eve (and especially her voice) plot line...

Still, despite its flaws and the rather pessimistic message on humanity's nature, this was a thought-provoking, quick and "enjoyable" read. I didn't find it too gory or too graphically violent either.

Thanks once again for sharing, it will soon be on its way to next reader!

Journal Entry 43 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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The book is now on its way to The Netherlands!
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 44 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Friday, November 15, 2019
Just arrived. I'm looking forward to this book, but it will have to wait in line.

Journal Entry 45 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, January 08, 2020
I read a book immediately after this one and maybe I shouldn't have done that, because I had difficulty remembering this book. I remember being disgusted every now and then, not because of the used violence, but because people turn into these monsters and feel they can just do whatever they want, because they know they'll go unpunished. I pray most people won't do those things if the opportunity arose and they will keep their humanity.
I already have Jotka's address and will send this book to Germany next.

Journal Entry 46 by dutch-book at Heerenveen, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, January 13, 2020

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Traveling to Jotka.

Journal Entry 47 by Jotka at Cottbus, Brandenburg Germany on Saturday, January 18, 2020
I've received the book today, thank you for sending it.

February 2020
Unfortunately I wasn't impressed. First: why it must be the same? Simple comparison between chimpanzee and bonobo and so different social structures. Second: miracle. Why not science? I've stopped to read it after 40 or 50 pages and only looked every some pages further.

Journal Entry 48 by Jotka at Gubin, Lubuskie Poland on Sunday, March 08, 2020

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On its way to mcsar. Sorry for sending it so late but it was impossible for me to go to Poland earlier and the prices of German post are incredible since one year.

Journal Entry 49 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, May 23, 2020
I am excited that this well travelled book has finally reached me. I cannot wait to start this one.

Journal Entry 50 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, July 19, 2020
I am in the camp that is impressed by the book. A very thought provoking, but disturbing, read. Reading how the men suffer, how unfair and senseless their suffering is, and to know that women are undergoing such suffering and oppression in many parts of the world today makes this a difficult read.

Journal Entry 51 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, August 07, 2020

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Finally posted to adrienne10 who is next on the list. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 52 by adrienne10 at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Received in the mail today. I'm really looking forward to this! I will read it asap and pass it along.

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