Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin- Review

Book: Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her

Author: Susan Griffin

Genre: Nonfiction 

Paperback: 300 pages

Publisher: Counterpoint

Synopsis: In this famously provocative cornerstone of feminist literature, Susan Griffin explores the identification of women with the earth—both as sustenance for humanity and as victim of male rage. Starting from Plato’s fateful division of the world into spirit and matter, her analysis of how patriarchal Western philosophy and religion have used language and science to bolster their power over both women and nature is brilliant and persuasive, coming alive in poetic prose.

Griffin draws on an astonishing range of sources—from timbering manuals to medical texts to Scripture and classical literature—in showing how destructive has been the impulse to disembody the human soul, and how the long separated might once more be rejoined. Poet Adrienne Rich calls Woman and Nature “perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness—a fusion of patriarchal science, ecology, female history and feminism, written by a poet who has created a new form for her vision. …The book has the impact of a great film or a fresco; yet it is intimately personal, touching to the quick of woman’s experience.” 

I have received this book via Netgalley. Normally I stray away from reading nonfiction, but I have been trying to broaden the genres I read. As some of you may not know, I am a feminist and this book  potrayed feminism in an incredible way.  Susan Griffin has an exceptional talent for putting her feelings and opinions on paper. Woman and Nature is an extremely persuasive work of literature. Every feminist should not only read but praise this book for the beauty that it is. I find it odd and sad that this book has not a lot of recognition even though  Susan is a gifted writer. This is a great work of nonfiction that I recommend to everyone. 


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