The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson

My life has been pretty uneventful as of late, not that I’m complaining though. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than doing nothing on a chilly winter day.

I’ve been busy with school (midterms were a few weeks ago and now it’s time to hunker in preparation for final papers), it’s March madness (no, not THAT March Madness but equally if not more crazy) at work and then there’s the odds and ends of personal responsibilities at home.

I took a few days off work last week and, apart from walking Lupin, I didn’t leave the house. I changed from one pair of pajamas to another, reading adventure stories, watching movies (I finally got around to Iris and she is now my absolute obsession) and eating pizza. It. Was. Amazing.

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As much as I love a good adventure, I love a good do nothing day, or days if you’re in much need of a life break.

The point is, I took my time off and read and there was one book in particular I want to talk about: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson.

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It explores her relationship with her gender fluid partner, Harry Dodge and their life together, the birth of their son and their changing bodies – when Maggie becomes pregnant, Harry undergoes surgery.

It’s a book that makes you think about identity, liberation and considering what is radical or normal.

Fair warning, if you’re looking for an easy to read, feminist  book, this is not the one you should choose. I’m extremely glad I read it, it’s thought provoking and emotional. Her love of Harry can’t stay contained to the page and seems to fly off right to you, the reader.

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I wasn’t a huge fan of her writing style. At times I could get tripped up on what she was saying, especially at the points that were very academic and philosophical, so I had to go back to reread which, in the end, I don’t think was a bad thing because I ended up with a deeper understanding by taking my time and reading it more than once.

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One of the main purposes of reading is to see the world through different eyes and Maggie Nelson has given such a good honest look into her world, I recommend taking a peak into her world and giving The Argonauts a try.

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Have you read it? What do you think?

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