Alicia "Plum" Kettle fa di tutto per non essere notata, perché - quando sei grassa - essere notata significa essere giudicata. Ed essere giudicata male, per dirla tutta. In attesa dell'intervento chirurgico miracoloso che le farà perdere peso una volta per tutte, Plum lavora a un periodico per teenager rispondendo alla posta delle lettrici, che le confidano i loro tormenti di giovani donne: un seno asimmetrico, le molestie di un fratellastro, un'inclinazione all'autolesionismo, ecc. ecc. Ma quando una ragazza misteriosa con collant sgargianti e anfibi neri comincia a seguirla, Plum finisce in un vortice di strane vicende e incontri bizzarri che la porteranno a conoscere il mondo di Calliope House - una comunità underground di donne che rifiutano le regole della società - e la costringeranno a confrontarsi con i costi reali del "diventare bella". Contemporaneamente, un gruppo guerrigliero sparge terrore a piene mani in un mondo che maltratta le donne, e Plum si ritrova implicata in una trama sinistra che avrà conseguenze esplosive.
- ISBN: 8804721863
- Casa Editrice: Mondadori
- Pagine: 375
Before I go all ranty and piss everyone off, I will say the first part of this book is really good. Plum is overweight. That pretty much defines this girls life. She keeps telling herself that her "real life" will begin as soon as she has weight loss surgery and becomes thin. Of course, that's bu
It is jarring to me how many reviews of this book state that people liked the storyline about Plum when she was starving herself, hiding and ashamed of her weight, waiting for the day that she would one day be thin, but that once the book delved into some deep feminist terrorism territory, with the
Earlier this year a company called Protein World launched this advert in the London Underground and over 50,000 women signed a petition calling for it to be banned for body shaming (and it was banned). The posters were defaced with many rude words. Other protestors offered alternative versions of bea Leggi tutto
This book captured the glorious feminist spirit I wanted The Power to have but did not. In Dietland we follow 300-pound Plum Kettle, a fat woman who does her best to go unnoticed. All her life, people have judged, excluded, and harassed her because of her weight. So while she works her day job a
An overweight, ridiculed and insecure woman types away on her laptop at a cafe, writing advice to readers of a girl's magazine, before she notices that a punky type in bright tights and combat boots is watching and following her. Will this obese woman, whose short life has been defined by calories a Leggi tutto
Yeah that's right - five mother-effing stars. This book spoke to me for the obvious reason but I loved it beyond that. The two story lines worked so nicely together, and all of it made me think about what was happening/between the lines of the book even when I wasn't reading. Time to buy some colorf Leggi tutto
I completely disagree with all the reviews in which readers hated the second half of the book. OMG, the Jennifer activities/terrorist group IS the point! Also disagree that the characters are unlikable -- I was rooting for the women in Calliope House all the way. (How can you not love Sana?) If the
"Dietland" by Sarai Walker was one of my favorite novels I read last year. This book is tasty, wicked, bizarre, disturbing, and highly entertaining. The protagonist of "Dietland" is a 300+ pound woman named Alicia (Plum) Kettle. Plum has lived a life of extreme self-hatred and loneliness. She doesn' Leggi tutto
Once in a decade, a novel comes along with the potential to alter our perception of reality, to change how we see ourselves and to reveal new possibilities in how we can live lives of joy and freedom. For many readers, Sarai Walker’s debut novel Dietland may be just that. I am someone who rates read Leggi tutto
"I hated it when others alluded to my size, despite the obviousness of it. It was as if they were confirming that there was something wrong with me when I’d hoped they hadn’t noticed it." – Plum I couldn't have read this book at a better time in my life, which is funny because I was meant to
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