Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wet Silence ebook review

I received this item in exchange for an honest review.

It seems like I've gone through such a long phase of only reading fiction and especially paranormal. I still love the genre but I think I'm ready for a break so I have been reading a few other genres with reviews coming up. Today I'll begin with a book of poetry. 


Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the heavy hand of patriarchy; and, addresses the lack of companionship and sensuality in their lives. This collection of poems covers a myriad of social evils such as misogyny, infidelity, gender inequality, and celibacy amongst other things. The poems in the collection are bold, unapologetic, and visceral. The collection will haunt you. 


I don't normally read poetry and as a newlywed I think it was rather cruel to myself to read this book however I felt it was important to do so. I started reading this just within a few days of getting married and needless to say I was in tears by the end of the first poem. Additionally it was just completely fascinating reading the poems and imagining all of the things these women had to deal with. Husbands who didn't love them but used them for sex or those who cheated on them for years. Or having loving devoted husband but not being able to mourn for him and having to carry on taking care of others. It was definitely interesting seeing things from a different culture perspective. Many of the poems also left me feeling disgusted by the inherit cruelty of humankind. Obviously some things don't matter the culture. It was awful reading about how some of the women were treated but thankfully not all of the poems were sad or spoke of abusive. Plenty spoke of the triumph of love even after death. Many of these poems made me fearful as well because I know someday too my husband shall pass and it will be me alone. There were a few poems I didn't quite understand but in general the imagery is good and the point obvious. This was easy to read and only takes a few hours to do so. Also I will mention there is a glossary at the end of the book which is helpful for some of the unknown words. 

Wet Silence is available on Amazon for $4.95 for the Kindle edition, $14.95 for paperback or $26.95 for hardcover. 

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