Book Review of "Dietland"
Friday, August 10, 2018
I downloaded the Hoopla book, "Dietland" a novel by Sarai Walker and finished its 272 pages yesterday. I wish there were a PG-13 version of this book so I could recommend that you look it over and think about it. Not that the sex was gratuitous. After all, it included revenge for sexual crimes against women. Some people call this a second wave feminist book -- but I'm thinking Carrie Nations had to be a wave before bra-burnings. How could this be 2nd? Anyway, I just wasn't comfortable with the language and scenes described and thought it could have been accomplished more tastefully. (Perhaps I'm a prude.)
Neither do I want to recommend it because I agree with its conclusion. No way. Perhaps I don't want to give away the slant of this novel you might want to read, because part of the reason I kept turning the virtual pages was to see how it was going to end -- was she going to get the surgery, learn a healthy lifestyle, give up and go back to the way she had been living? I'm not going to tell you, except to say her solution would not be a solution for me.
There is a lot here to think on, though. There was one sentence I wish I could find in the book. Something about the diet industry being the most profitable undertaking based on failure that has ever existed.
Here's part of the blurb from the book: "an underground community of women who reject society's rules - and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming 'beautiful' ". A guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women and the main character gets involved in a sinister plot. "Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender equality, and our weight-loss obsession - with fists flying."
I just want to say that I don't think living a healthy lifestyle is impossible. I don't think I'm that different from other people. After 5 decades of obesity I was still able to change. I struggle, true. But truth is, I struggled with food when I weighed 212. I know which struggle I prefer. The way society looks at fat people, specifically women, and treats them is related to feminism. But choosing to live an unhealthy life is doing nothing to further women or society.
PS Thanks to all of you who helped get the word out that GABY1948 will soon be back among us healthy, but right now cannot be active on SP.