Review Mimi – Lucy Ellmann
Had I not known the book ‘Mimi’ was written by a woman, I would’ve guessed. It’s obvious. Not that it really matters, but it sometimes irks a bit because she writes from a male perspective. The men I know don’t think like this. Honestly. But maybe she would like men to be like the male character in this book.
Harrison is a plastic surgeon, has lots of money and was stuck in a dead-end relationship with Gertrude. When he slips on a New York sidewalk and is rescued by an anonymous woman his life is literally and figuratively turned upside down. Mimi comes into his life as a tornado and won’t slow down.
The woman ‘Mimi’ is everything Harry is not. She despises his job and doesn’t care about his money. She’s a feminist and tells him how she sees the world. In minute detail. Every topic he comes up with she has an outspoken meaning about. Its written in a humorous way. Still I felt tired after reading a few pages.
Then Harrison’s sister dies and he spends some time in the UK, where his artist sister used to live. Here he somehow comes to his senses and realizes that his sister and Mimi, and all the women in the world, know much better than men. OK, there are some poignant issues the author addresses. Like no war was ever started by women.
All the abuse in the world is by the hand of men. Maybe I’m not such a feminist but I truly can’t see a better world when men give ‘power’ to women. Power in all the money, all the jobs and decisions. Men are only good for giving pleasure to women, sexually.
No way will this world turn out better when it’s that one-sided. True feminism in my book is when everybody is equal. When men and women make the decisions together. I finished the book and yes, I had to laugh at times. But I don’t agree with her way of ‘changing’ the world for the better. Unfortunately women are as bad as men when it comes to power games.
Still I recommend reading the book. If only to see where you stand on this topic. I know most of the book was written as satire, something I not always understand. So, you might think this is the best book ever written. It had many great reviews. Lucy Ellmann was born in Illinois, USA, but lives in Edinburgh with her writer husband Todd McEwen.