The Wild Girl
written by Michele Roberts
Reviewed by Anah Baker.
Curiosity led me into choosing this book for my review. The picture of a faceless woman, naked from the neck down to the waist, painted in white cracked statue-like colour, long thick golden brown hair hanging over her right side breasts down to the abdominal filled the front cover of this book giving it a strong mysterious statement.
The statement, to my perception was bold and may have represented a spiritual feminine movement and so inspired me to read on. My curiosity grew larger as I read the quotes on the back cover.
Times Literary Supplement quotes:
"In the parched soil of Provence a fifth gospel has been
discovered, giving Mary Magdalene's account of Jesus'
teaching and her relationship with him. This is a book of
revelation, for it unveils a new and radical Christianity,
one which celebrates the spirituality of women equally to
that of men.
It is also a passionate story of love and
discovery, of separation and rebirth, centred on Mary as
the wellspring of womanhood".
I found myself drawn to forfill my curiosity on how Mary manages in the Roman days to carry the spirituality of women equally to that of men and also if she was one of the first to initiate equality between the genders. Moreover, I wanted to know who Mary Magdalene really was away from all other interpretations of her.
The Wild Girl is written by Michele Roberts and published by Vintage (1999), initially published in Great Britain (1984) by Methuen London Ltd. She is the author of eight highly acclaimed novels including 'Daughters of the House' (1992) which won the WH Smith Literally Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also published a collection of short...