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Woman on the Edge of Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Marge Piercy
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Nov. 12 1985
Connie Ramos, a woman in her mid-thirties, has been declared insane. But Connie is overwhelmingly sane, merely tuned to the future, and able to communicate with the year 2137. As her doctors persuade her to agree to an operation, Connie struggles to force herself to listen to the future and its lessons for today....

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I could NOT put this one down from page one. "Woman on the Edge of Time" is a heartrending novel, written with exceptional skill by Marge Piercy, a celebrated American author who wrote this so-called utopian novel and was a major literary figure in the 70's.
In this novel, Consuelo (Connie) has an abusive family who imprison her in a mental hospital. She is treated with incredible brutality, her life is discounted to the level of dumpster garbage. But Connie is far from insane--despite the fact she thinks she can time-travel.
Connie visits Massapoisset, Massachusetts in the future via a kind of mental holographic sending-receiving abilities of a local resident there, Luciente. Life in the future is idyllic, though not perfect, and Connie develops relationships with people in the Cape Cod village. But life in the mental ward becomes increasingly dangerous. Connie has to make some difficult choices to survive.
What I like best about this novel, in addition to the style which is nearly perfect, is that there are levels to the story. If you look at the events in one light, you could come to an entirely different conclusion about Connie's sanity.
I absolutely recommend you read this book--and I am putting it on my "100 best American Novels" list. If you like Margaret Atwood ("Handmaid's Tale) you will likely enjoy "Woman on the Edge of Time."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read Sept. 10 2003
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"Woman on the Edge of Time" is an excellent read. Marge Piercy did an outstanding job with this book; it was written in the 1970s, and does not appear dated. The themes are universal; how does anyone live with hopelessness and despair when their back is against the wall? And, can love win out over hate?
I'm not doing Ms. Piercy's book justice; there aren't any words to describe how profoundly meaningful this book is about those universal themes.
As for the plot, Connie Ramos is in her mid-30s, has had mental problems in the past, had her daughter taken away from her due to Connie's having gone through a rough patch in her life (her partner died and no one cared about it but her; she acted out and did drugs, which caused her to mistreat her daughter). No one seems to care about Connie; she's lost her looks, she has no money, and even her favorite people mostly just ignore her.
What astonishes me about Connie and her plight is that she is intelligent. She had some college, yet no one that deals with her ever considers her intelligent _or_ educated. And that's stupid; really, why didn't her welfare caseworker say, "Oh, Connie, you have a year or two of college. Would you like to be re-trained?" In real life, this might have happened.
However, this _is_ a fable; that can be overlooked. Besides, the social services in the 1970s in New York were terrible; they rivaled the situation that New York faces today after the terrorist attacks. There are too many people; it's very easy to get lost in the cracks. So this isn't a plot hole at all; it's a statement about how good people often get downtrodden through no fault of their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a world worthy of the grandeur of life June 11 2003
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Marge wrote this book in the glow of the radicalization of the 1960s and 1970s. How light what she talks about seemed then, and how needed does this seem now. Right now the people who frame the discourses, own everything, buy the politicans, and do stealing and murder on an international basis, try to convince working people, people with a heart, people around the world that their choices are the only choices. In this book we find that so many of the limitations of our society can be sweetly transcended, whether we are talking about race, sex, money, adults children. This is not a dreamers book, but a book that talks about how life could simply be truly human with what we know, with what we can do, when the choices aren't dictated by patriarchy, when the choices aren't dictated by capitalism, when the choices are dictated by biollionaire liars, by men elected to presidencies who flew around in planes owned by Emron. Morever, consistent with every sentence Marge ever wrote, including things I think are just plain wrong, is a simple unromanticized, gut understanding that human beings are better than all the crap thrown at it and we will perserve, we will build a world worthy of the grandeur of life.
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I could NOT put this one down from page one. "Woman on the Edge of Time" is a heartrending novel, written with exceptional skill by Marge Piercy, a celebrated American author who wrote this so-called utopian novel and was a major literary figure in the 70's.
In this novel, Consuelo (Connie) has an abusive family who imprison her in a mental hospital. She is treated with incredible brutality, her life is discounted to the level of dumpster garbage. But Connie is far from insane--despite the fact she finds out she can time-travel.
Connie visits Massapoisset, Massachusetts in the future via a kind of mental holographic sending-receiving abilities of a local resident there, Luciente. Life in the future is idyllic, though not perfect, and Connie develops relationships with people in the Cape Cod village. But life in the mental ward becomes increasingly dangerous. Connie has to make some difficult choices to survive.
What I like best about this novel, in addition to the style which is nearly perfect, is that there are levels to the story. If you look at the events in one light, you could come to an entirely different conclusion about Connie's sanity.
I absolutely recommend you read this book--and I am putting it on my "100 best American Novels" list. If you like Margaret Atwood ("Handmaid's Tale) you be likely enjoy "Woman on the Edge of Time." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been an essay...
I was sadly disappointed with this book. I had seen this book several times listed as an essential part of the feminist sci-fi and utopia/dystopia genres. Read more
Published on March 17 2008 by Clover
1.0 out of 5 stars A Monumentous Flop
Woman on the Edge of Time is hailed as a treasure of feminist literature. It is also classified as a science fiction novel. Piercy lets readers down in both respects. Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by "sheryden"
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction mixed with mental illness
I'm not normally a fan of science fiction, but Marge Piercy manages to create life-like characters and not get lost in too many technical details. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle
A friend of mine whose opinion I absolutely trust recommended this book to me. What I found fascinating was not the book, but the way two serious readers can view a book so... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars sci fi from the 70's more relevant today
I discovered this book through an another customer's amazon list of great sci-fi, what a find. A woman shifts between her world and the year 2137 when people have found more... Read more
Published on May 3 2002 by Gail Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
I read this in a Women's Lit course while in college. Almost 10 years later, this remains one of my favorite books. Read more
Published on March 25 2002 by Michelle Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Woman on the Edge of Time, a good read
I loved this book for its futuristic visionary images of what the world could be like if we choose it. Read more
Published on March 17 2002 by Breezes@spiritandsoul.i-p.com
4.0 out of 5 stars A feminist (hopeful) future!
This is the story of a woman that travels into the future... and is dismissed as crazy because of her race, poverty, and her claims of a feminist, hopeful, future. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2002 by Miss D. AwesomePants
5.0 out of 5 stars Much overlooked masterpiece of SciFi, prose, poetry.
I believe that Marge Piercy is certainly overlooked, and it sounds like, underrated. I'm 52 yrs old and I'd never heard of her until a friend's 70-something mother turned me on to... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2001 by "brezybev"
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