Review: Jane Rule’s “This Is Not For You”

by writereaderly

jane rule this is not for youJane Rule is a classic dyke writer who has not failed me before. This was the second or third of hers I’d read, and her second, written in the mid-60s and published at the start of the next decade. Kate, a “half-breed” Indian, narrates her avoidance of a love affair with the dramatic and difficult Esther, who has chosen to become a nun in an enclosed order. It was readable enough, and the dialogue was momentarily brilliant, but overall it wasn’t what one could call inspiring – more like a study of the consequences of self-denial (race, class, sexuality), and a more interesting dissection of versions of failure. An okay read; according to this blog’s categories, at least no one (important) died.

Where it came from: Library discards
Time and manner of reading:
Multiple worky, beddy, bitty reads
Where it went: ???
Reminds me of/that: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, etc. – their dry, witty disgruntlement at life
Who I’d recommend it to:
Dykes in for queer or literary history
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; Great Expectations by Charles Dickens; The Tale of Genji  by Lady Murasaki