The Power by Naomi Alderman
This book was on my self for months and I only decided to read it when it was recommended to me in Book Club. I had only read Liar’s Gospel by Alderman before and I really did enjoy it but I must admit I love what she has done with this book. The Power is a unique modern fiction that uses an interesting storytelling technique, and tells the tale of a world run by “powerful” women. I highly rate this book, Alderman is witty, funny and creates an interesting concept with The Power. It was an easy read for those lazy Sunday afternoons in the coffee shop!
I love that Alderman blurs the lines of reality and storytelling, it is a common theme in her work and she does not disappoint here. In the first few pages of her novel she begins with a letter which seems to be from Naomi herself to her friend, another author. Alderman interjects herself into her work to etablish a reliable story teller, however when the novel begins, the lines of storytelling and reality become difficult to see, this develops as the story unfolds and makes for a great read. Alderman separates the story into characters chapters and cleverly intertwines each character as their stories progress, this gets more and more complicated as the story goes on and the book becomes harder and harder to put down.
I don’t want to give too much away but Alderman’s technique really works for her, she is able to get us invested in so many different characters stories at once, it is a delicate balancing act and has the reader craving for more. I also adore the concept of the story, I love that it is about a variety of women born with power of the superhuman kind, I love how she imagines a world run by women and takes us on quite the journey of discovery of power and the different ways in which it can be used.
I will definitely be recommending this! If you have read this story let me know what you think in the comments below!
Until next time!