5 thoughts on “Vida

  1. I adored this book. Marge Piercy has captured the lives of those involved with politics in the sixties, including tough dialogs which confront the ideology of “free love” and “community” in practice.

    “‘But he’s miserable,’ Jimmy had said. ‘Under it all, it hurts him. Why can’t you make it up?’
    ‘No!’ she had said to Jimmy. ‘I don’t want him that way.’
    ‘For the group,’ Jimmy Pleaded.
    ‘I am not a thing to be given to him to keep him happy. I will not fuck him for political reasons.’ Her bluntness

  2. Prior to reading this, I had read mostly Piercy’s science fiction, which is excellent. This is a story set in the 70s of a 60s radical on the run. Her politics. her lovers both male and female. Her struggles. Her hopes. Her running from the law. An adrenaline high that pauses every once in a while for hot sex. A feminist statement. A radical tribute to those who fought authority. Very sympathetic characters. Good stuff.

  3. Maybe it’s because I didn’t choose the life of a radical revolutionary that I often find myself fascinated by narratives with such figures–particularly women who not only think “fuck the man” but make bombs. Which is not to say that I have or ever wanted to make bombs.

    If you allow yourself to go deep enough into Piercy’s narrative about Vida, you can certainly become just as paranoid as Vida about who may be listening to or watching you. In fact, Vida’s family, friends and lovers must remember

  4. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is a roller-coaster ride of emotions both within the story itself and reflecting likewise in this reader. I’m just shy of two-thirds of the way through it and recently passed the May 4, 1970 event at Kent State as seen through the filter of this band of characters who are among the activists of that era — the late sixties and early seventies. I am being reminded of The Golden Notebook also as comparisons seem to arise readily enough. This is a Piercy offering which I had somehow misse

  5. Not one of my favourite Piercy novels, but a good read nonetheless. Two things I didn’t really like: all the characters speak the same way, if I don’t pay close attention to who is supposed to be talking then I wouldn’t be able to guess from their manner of speaking, as there are almost no characteristic quirks or mannerisms (except for Natalie’s occasional ‘shvesterlein’); and I didn’t buy Vida’s love for Joel. Maybe it’s because I found it thoroughly incomprehensible why a strong, sensible wom

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