The Water Cure



The Water Cure A gripping, sinister fable Margaret Atwood, via TwitterKing has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky Here on his island, women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland The cult like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.But when King disappears and two men and a boy wash ashore, the sisters safe world begins to unravel Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat and mouse game plays out Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters are forced to confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent.A haunting, riveting debut, The Water Cure is a fiercely poetic feminist revenge fantasy that s a startling reflection of our time. Read The Water Cure – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Water Cure
  • Sophie Mackintosh
  • 01 July 2017
  • 0525562834

15 thoughts on “The Water Cure

  1. Meike says:

    Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sellcopies, alas, it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel, we meet three sisters, Lia, Grace and Sky, who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and consequently referred to only as mother Their father, Of course you can slap the label feminist dystopia on a book in order to sellcopies, alas, it doesn t make the book a feminist dystopia Mackintosh s writing is languid and evocative, but there is nothing below the surface no one will drown in the depths of this story In the novel, we meet three sisters, Lia, Grace and Sky, who live in almost complete isolation at a remote beach with their mother who is reduced to her role and consequently referred to only as mother Their father, not so subtly named King, recently left to get some supplies, but hasn t returned He was the one who decided to take the family away from civilization...

  2. Hannah says:

    This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vagueness and the hypnotic and introspective way this story unfolds.Sophie This book.It is so very difficult to describe this book, which is I think one of the reasons why the blurb is so vague This is the story of three sisters, growing up on an island with their parents where something is obviously not quite right but many things remain vague for the whole book It is never clear whether the stories their parents tell them of the rest of the world are true or not I personally adored this vagueness and the hypnotic and introspective way this story unfolds.Sophie Mackintosh s prose is lush and evocative her sentences are breathtakingly beautiful and she spins her metaphors in such a brilliant way Imagery of water is threaded through the whole book, changing meaning and implicati...

  3. Hannah Greendale says:

    All the monsters in this book are women.

  4. Amalia Gavea says:

    We would all still love each other, but what it meant was if there was a burning fire, if two sisters were stuck in the inferno and they were screaming a name, the only right thing would be to pick the one the iron dictated to save It is important to ignore any contrary instinct of your traitor heart We were quite used to that Had this been a fairytale, it would have started like this There once was a couple who had three daughters and they lived on an isolated island King was theWe would all still love each other, but what it meant was if there was a burning fire, if two sisters were stuck in the inferno and they were screaming a name, the only right thing would be to pick the one the iron dictated to save It is important to ignore any contrary instinct of your traitor heart We were quite used to that Had this been a fairytale, it would have started like this There once was a couple who had three daughters and they lived on an isolated island King was the father s name and Grace, Lia and Sky were taught that he was their only protection from creatures that wanted to harm them The creatures were called men and he was a man but it didn t matter He alone knew what was good for the family Because the gir...

  5. Britta Böhler says:

    I m a bit tired of publicists and or reviewers telling me that a certain book is the 21st century s version of The Handmaid s Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood but often not, like by Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, Genesis Girl by I m a bit tired of publicists and or reviewers telling me that a certain book is the 21st century s version of The Handmaid s Tale, and also of the fact that feminist dystopian novels are so hip and hyped at the moment I read quite a few of them, some good, like Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood but often not, like by Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley, The Last One by Alexandra Oliva and Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed And you cant help but wonder whether publishers just didn t want to miss the hype But I had quite high hopes for this one, mainly because of some very favorable reviews by people I admire But sadly, the book was quite a disappointment.First of all the premise family life on a remote island, far away from the polluted and dangerous mainland, and only the Father trav...

  6. Navidad Thélamour says:

    Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure, is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off the mainland one fateful summer when they have their first experience with men other than their father Yep, that pretty much sums this one up Grace, Lia and Sky have been raised Sudden love, when gifted to a habitually unloved person, can induce nausea It can become a thing you would claw and debase yourself for It is necessary to wean yourself onto it, small portions. Sophie Mackintosh s debut novel, The Water Cure, is the story of three sisters living an occult existence on an island off the mainland one fateful summer when they have their first experience with men other than their father Yep, that pretty much sums this one up Grace, Lia and Sky have been raised on an island away from civilization for their entire lives view spoiler For the entire novel, I pictured them as being two teenagers and an elementary aged girl Imagine my surprise when, near the end of the novel, we find out that the two eldest are around 30 years old and the youngest is around 18 hide spoiler Grace ...

  7. Lucy Langford says:

    Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of women.Haunting and thought provoking.This story focuses on 3 sisters Grace, Lia and Sky who live with their mother and their father, King, in a very isolated place They are told that they are kept apart from others for their own good.There were other women living there with them before, but they no longer live there now Now it is just their small family who stick to their own rituals and cures to prevent the daughters from Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of women.Haunting and thought provoking.This story focuses on 3 sisters Grace, Lia and Sky who live with their mother and their father, King, in a very isolated place They are told that they are kept apart from others for their own good.There were other women living there with them before, but they no longer live there now Now it is just their small family who stick to their own rituals and cures to prevent the daughters from themselves, toxicity, the fearful outside world, and men One day King leaves and is feared to never come back to the Island Soon two men and one boy are washed by the sea onto the shore bringing desire and destruction to this family s routinely schedules This book was very introspective, with thoughts focusing on the point of views from the two eldest daughters Lia and Grace While not much action happens through out the book, we are witness to how the girls believe they are ...

  8. Umut Reviews says:

    For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot I think I can say, it wasn t a pleasant read that blew my mind, but I didn t hate it as well I think I can see some people will feelcomfortable with the book than others because of its style.First of all, it s said that the book is dystopian This created an For full review, please visit my blog stars I haven t read such a weird novel since long time I read the reviews and there are lovers and there are people who dislike it a lot I think I can say, it wasn t a pleasant read that blew my mind, but I didn t hate it as well I think I can see some people will feelcomfortable with the book than others because of its style.First of all, it s said that the book is dystopian This created an expectation for me, thinking it ll be a whole world building with its set up, reasons, energy It s not at all Everything is very vague with this book, very abstract We never learn the reasons behind this set up and what s actually happening So, to like this book, you need to be OK with an abstract setting The fact that the book is set up in a world that s not our world, doesn t make it exactly dystopian, as there s not anything else behind it.The writing style is very fluid, atmospheric, metaphorical and strange It s one of thos...

  9. Jenna says:

    It takes a gifted author to write a book that is simultaneously beautiful and horrifying I don t think I could have read this book if it wasn t written so exquisitely the words flow and submerse you in their eloquent beauty And yet And yet, the story is disturbing It is not for everyone, but it is well worth reading if you can stomach it The Water Cure tells the story of 3 sisters who were raised in isolation and taught to fear the outside world, especially men Their parents, in order to It takes a gifted author to write a book that is simultaneously beautiful and horrifying I don t think I could have read this book if it wasn t written so exquisitely the words flow and submerse you in their eloquent beauty And yet And yet, the story is disturbing It is not for everyone, but it is well worth reading if you can stomach it The Water Cure tells the story of 3 sisters who were raised in isolation and taught to fear the outside world, especially men Their parents, in order to strengthen and purify them, subject them to horrific rituals The mother is especially sadistic She believes the abuse she heaps upon her daughters is necessary, and they in turn believe it is love that compels their parents to abuse them Sophie Mackin...

  10. Trudie says:

    The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop I went into this blind not even aware it was a female dystopia.The writing is initially compelling, told in a sort of dreamy languid prose, the surroundings could be some sort of abandoned, decrepit, beachside resort if not for the unsettling cures You are never entirely sure if this family are The Water Cure is the first book I selected to read from the recently released 2018 Booker longlist I chose this one simply as it ended up being the first one I came across in the local bookshop I went into this blind not even aware it was a female dystopia.The writing is initially compelling, told in a sort of dreamy languid prose, the surroundings could be some sort of abandoned, decrepit, beachside resort if not for the unsettling cures You are never entirely sure if this family are survivors of some global apocalypse or the remnants of a cult The story is told briefly from the changing viewpoints of three sisters, but then almost entirely from one sister, Lia I am pleased the multi voice was dropped early on as I couldn t distinguish clearly between each sister in the beginning I have come to the conclusion that I am not the right reader for fem...

  11. Marchpane says:

    In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxic.The dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse, and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another, In this debut novel, three daughters live in seclusion from the world because their parents have told them that men are evil and somehow also literally toxic.The dystopian premise is just a pretext for their isolation, because what The Water Cure is really concerned with is the psychological effects of isolation and abuse, and the complicated relationship between the sisters who have had to endure it Forced by their parents to play cruel mind games and withhold love from one another, their notions of love are screwed up to say the least Lia s ideas about love are tested when some strange men arrive, while Grace, who is pregnant at the start of the book, has already had a defining experience of her own This theme of misdirected love wasn t explored in sufficient depth though I found myself thinking of The Water Cure as a sort of gothic romance updated to a millennial colour pal...

  12. Dianne says:

    I am wrapping up my quest to read all of the 2018 Man Booker longlist nominees I have read 9 of the 13 so far and have, surprisingly, enjoyed every one I ve read I dragged my heels on this one as long as I could it has low reviews on Goodreads and its teaser as a dystopic feminist revenge fantasy did not exactly float my boat Really Did I want to wallow in anyfeminist rage this year Nope But the only way to the end is through, so I picked this up at the library and decided to I am wrapping up my quest to read all of the 2018 Man Booker longlist nominees I have read 9 of the 13 so far and have, surprisingly, enjoyed every one I ve read I dragged my heels on this one as long as I could it has low reviews on Goodreads and its teaser as a dystopic feminist revenge fantasy did not exactly float my boat Really Did I want to wallow in anyfeminist rage this year Nope But the only way to the end is through, so I picked this up at the library and decided to suck it up and get it over with.You know what I loved it Shit Yes, it is SORT OF a dystopic feminist revenge fantasy, but the story is muchcomplicated and nuanced than that The story takes place on what appears to be an island in close proximity to the m...

  13. Dannii Elle says:

    This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in startling clarity The characters are incredibly nuanced and yet my mind can fail to properly depict them This is a book of juxtapositions that is as uncomfortable to read as it is in construction and I adored every This is a dystopian unlike any other I have read before The world reaches to the very horizon and yet is contained to the interior of one house The landscape is sparse on concrete detail yet the feel of the forest ferns or the gentle pull and release of the tides is portrayed in startling clarity The characters are incredibly nuanced and yet my mind can fa...

  14. Claire says:

    I have to start this review by acknowledging that The Water Cure is definitely a polarising book it s not one that is going to be for everyone That being said, Mackintosh hit a few of the things I find most engaging as a reader.I ve seen this described a feminist novel, and as a dystopia, but I don t think either is accurate If you go into this expecting either, you re bound to be disappointed Sure, this is a novel about the patriarchy, and in it, women are literally sickened by it Yes, the I have to start this review by acknowledging that The Water Cure is definitely a polarising book it s not one that is going to be for everyone That being said, Mackintosh hit a few of the things I find most engaging as a reader.I ve seen this described a feminist novel, and as a dystopia, but I don t think either is accurate If you go into this expecting either, you re bound to be disappointed Sure, this is a novel about the patriarchy, and in it, women are literally sickened by it Yes, the characters live in isolated seclusion, sequestered from the real world, where it is suggested that terrible things have transpir...

  15. Bex (Beckie Bookworm) says:

    Arc Book Review Release Date 24 5 18This one really wasn t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish Hoping it would get better.I m sorry to say for me it didn t.So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn t.I have seen reviews on The Wate Cure praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it it Arc Book Review Release Date 24 5 18This one really wasn t for me at all and originally I did stop at 39% and it was going to be a DNF.But I decided to persevere and forced myself to finish Hoping it would get better.I m sorry to say for me it didn t.So although on paper this seemed a good fit for me in actuality it just wasn t.I have seen reviews on The Wate Cure praising the brilliance of the prose and yes while I do agree the language used here had an almost fluid brilliance to it it still for me fell flat in capturing and then retaining my c...

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