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Listering hot week a psychological cat and mouse game plays out Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent Can they survive the menA haunting riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at. In this debut novel three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxicThe dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another their notions of love are screwed up to say the least Lia s ideas about love are tested when some strange men arrive while Grace who is pregnant at the start of the book has already had a defining experience of her own This theme of misdirected love wasn t explored in sufficient depth though I found myself thinking of The Water Cure as a sort of gothic romance updated to a millennial colour palette The tropes are there enforced isolation abusive spouseparent repressed female sexuality an unseen menace and tragic conseuences There s even a large but mostly empty building in this case it s a disused hotel rather than a castle or mansion This particular gothic formula has been updated before in Rebecca Wide Sargasso Sea even Flowers in the Attic It used to be that the women confined in these stories were mostly the wives nowadays it seems they are usually the daughters Make of that what you will I guessThe girls are pale underfed bruised always with dark circles under the eyes a depiction that disappointingly glamourises them especially considering that one of them self harms The men are neither sufficiently menacing as threats nor believable as real people leaving them to exist only as plot devicesAs one of the visitors James attempts to convince Grace that she s been brainwashed he is unable to deny that men can be malevolent The world is not what you have been told he says after the second glass He is reckless now as if the water has triggered something in him strengthened his resolve somehow He speaks as if from a long way away I mean the world is very terrible but you have been told a number of things that are untrue But you can t deny that men are killing women I say Well no I can t But it s not like you think It s a neat inversion of the Not All Men argument which leaves us no closer to determining whether this is a futuristic invented world or the same one as our own This is probably the closest that the book gets to a feminist comment if an obliue oneThe third sister Sky is very much in the background This is kind of baffling until a blink and you ll miss it twist towards the end view spoilerreveals that she is not a young child as we are led to believe but 18 years old Grace is 30 and Lia 28 much older than the petulant teen she appears to be hide spoiler

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The Water Cure

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island raised to fear menKing has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters Grace Lia and Sky He has laid the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message Do not enter Or viewed from an. Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sell copies alas it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel we meet three sisters Lia Grace and Sky who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and conseuently referred to only as mother Their father not so subtly named King recently left to get some supplies but hasn t returned He was the one who decided to take the family away from civilization claiming he wants to protect the women from male violence and the toxic outside world it remains unclear whether some environmental catastrophe has occurred or whether the meaning is purely metaphorical hinting at toxic values or the toxic system of patriarchy Whatever might be the case King s rule clearly is a patriarchy as well and a particularly vicious one To toughen the kids and under the guise of teaching them survival techniues both mother and King have severely abused the sisters both physically and mentally Their disturbance becomes obvious to the reader as the book is told from the sisters perspectives The narrative also tells us that there used to be female visitors who sought shelter from male violence insinuating that we are dealing with a kind of cult At the time the narrative sets in none of these women are still there though the reaons for this remaining unclear When mother and the sisters are visited by three men wellthings happen don t even ask there s also King Lear somewhere in there but whatever So let me get this straight King is not saving women he is torturing his female kids with the help of a woman their mother who is described as particularly sadistic As a conseuence the sisters have numerous mental health issues to put it mildly The fact that you can hardly tell them apart by their respective narrative voices doesn t help either these characters are nothing but dolls carved out by their manipulative father On top of that the women who visit the family fled from their tormentors to give up their agency again subjugating themselves to dangerous and let s face it idiotic pseudo religious cures because they are fragile and weak and also morons who long for someone who tells them what to do torture or be tortured is this the feminist message here Or that women are always looking for a savior Or that all women are victims of men because all men try to manipulate them even their fathersThis brings us directly to the next issue I have with this book The total number of men you can take seriously in this text is zero and when I read sentences like there were men who naturally caused great harm It was built into them I want to scream because the stupidity of it is so obvious Granted one of the nutty sisters says it but when you sell this as feminism you have to be held to that standard Do you know why misogynists are so morally despicable Because they don t have to oppress women there is no biological determinism at work they decide to act like that If they had no choice if the monolithic entity of all men existed you couldn t even blame them Sigh I would be way less upset if they didn t force a non existent feminist angle upon this surreal tale I guess This book is all about its cold and detached language an unsettling atmosphere and lofty allusions the problem is that in the end the story alludes to nothing This water is very very shallow and if I was Jeffrey Eugenides I d be pretty upset that the marketing team has the audacity to compare this mess to The Virgin Suicides Whoever has the chance to read the latter instead of this do it


Other angle Not safe to leave Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland The cult like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading worldBut when their father the only man they’ve ever seen disappears they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore Over the span of one b. In The Water Cure three sisters live with their mother and father on an island cut off from the rest of the world They are taught from a young age that women must be protected from the terror and violence of men and that the real world is filled with toxins that would degrade and sicken them When their father disappears and two men and a boy show up on their island their lives upend What follows for the sisters is the slow disintegration of their lives that they have always fearedThe story is divided into three parts and I found the first two to be decent though not great The prose is dreamlike and evocative filled with lots of feelings and thoughts We spend a lot of time getting to know the cruel punishments and rituals their parents subject them to in order to cleanse their bodies and minds and be rid of the world s toxins But then I got to the third part and it completely fell apart for me This book has an extremely simplistic and pessimistic view of the genders Women are universally awesome and filled with the spirit of love and sisterhood men are irredeemably bad from the moment of their births It completely disregards individuality Every person fits in one or the other gender and they surely must act in accordance with that without any ability to think for themselves It s an extremely tribalistic view of us versus them and in our world today we need less of that thinking not Though it s laid out as a story of redemption it doesn t feel that way to me Rather the message seems to be that you are what your parents teach you and you can never grow to be than that There s no hope of figuring out your own mind or your own wishes And that translates to not having to take responsibility for one s own actions The book essentially says that their parents and their circumstances made the sisters into who they are and as a result they are not responsible for the bad things they do onto others Just noI m appalled by the violence and complete disregard that the three women have for others which is disguised as righteousness In the end what are the men s heinous crimes Well it s to love and leave Sure that is unkind but it s not deserving of death or torture It s also not deserving of the women living in constant fear or acting so hysterical throughoutIf the gender roles in this book were reversed I can t imagine this book would be allowed to be published Women would be up in arms over the misogyny This book is marked as feminist but it isn t It s making mountains out of molehills and being as purposefully hurt as possible over small slights It s being cruel to a group of people to those you would label as others who are different from yourself And that s not okIn the end I strongly disagree with the message of this book As someone who like almost everyone out there has had the painful experience of being lumped into a group and seen as a stereotype rather than an individual I just don t understand or agree with the spirit of this story

10 thoughts on “The Water Cure

  1. says:

    Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sell copies alas it doesn't make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh's writing is languid and evocative but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel we meet three sisters Lia Grace and Sky who

  2. says:

    All the monsters in this book are women

  3. says:

    This bookIt is so very difficult to describe this book which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not uite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vaguen

  4. says:

    ‘’We would all still love each other but what it meant was if there was a burning fire if two sisters were stuck in the inferno and they were screaming a name the only right thing would be to pick the one the iron dictated to save It is important to ignore any contrary instinct of your traitor heart We were

  5. says:

    I'm a bit tired of publicists andor reviewers telling me that a certain book is the 21st century's version of The Handmaid's Tale and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment I read uite a few of them some good like Red Clocks by Leni Zumas The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Natural Way of

  6. says:

    In The Water Cure three sisters live with their mother and father on an island cut off from the rest of the world They are taught from a young age that women must be protected from the terror and violence of men an

  7. says:

    Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of womenHaunting and thought provokingThis story focuses on 3 sisters Grace Lia and Sky who live with their mother and their father King in a very isolated place They are told that they are kept apart from others for their own goodThere were other women living there

  8. says:

    Sudden love when gifted to a habitually unloved person can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it small portions Sophie Mackintosh’s debut novel The Water Cure is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off “the mainland” o

  9. says:

    In this debut novel three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also – literally – toxicThe ‘dystopian’ premise is just a pretext for

  10. says:

    For full review please visit my blog stars I haven’t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews

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