This book was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, even though some of the monologues were heartbreaking. I just happened to catch 'The Vagina Monologues' on HBO shortly after I read the book, very funny, very sad. I also liked the foreword by Gloria Steinem. Cunt! Cunt! I don't know, I'm still not too fond of that word, but it was nice to learn of it's origins. How did it end up being derogatory, I wonder? I highly recommend this book! February 14th is V-Day from now on!
I had high expectations for this book and maybe that's why I can only give it three stars. I expected more --as in quantity -- of monologues. The majority of the book was the introduction, the foreword, and a discussion about V-Day and how it came to be. The introduction to each monologue as well as the monologue itself was fantastic. I just was left wanting more.
To be honest, I was very disappointed in this book. I went into this with high expectations only to be extremely let down. This book was over before it really even started. Maybe the performance is better than reading it by oneself.
I do believe that women should be in touch with themselves, no pun intended, but I did not think the vignettes in this book were very insightful. Although some parts were interesting, I felt, as a whole, the book lacked substance.
If my vagina could talk, it would sum this book up in one word: overrated.
What an interesting book. It certanly took me past my comfort zone a few times but not enough to put it down. I would recommend every woman read it, no matter what age. It has a way of keeping a woman centered by showing us that our sexuality is important to who we are.
A poignant and hilarious four of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, "The Vagina Monologues" is a celebration of female sexualityin all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement - V-Day - to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-wining masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way.
A must-read for any man or woman. If you ever have the opportunity, go to a TVM show on Valentine's Day, usually playing at college campuses. Much kudos to Eve Ensler for taking a stand and not being afraid of the word VAGINA.
Hilarious and wonderful, all women should read this
Great book! Definately a worthwhile read for men and women of all ages.
Very intriguing book, a must read for every woman!
Unabridged version of the stage show on CD. First part is long list of thank yous and events following the debut of the stage show. Keep listening past this and get into the actual monologues. They are worth the wait. Very entertaining!
I was ready to love this book, but it fell sadly short in its audio form. I think it may have been better in a live venue.
Read this book it you want a quick read thats a little different and highly entertaining. Makes you laugh, makes you cry!
Boring at times and laugh aloud funny at others. Overall an OK read.
So empowering! much more than I imagined...a must read for all women.
Maybe it's better to see the play than read the book. I personally thought the book, although a quick read, was a waste of time. I don't believe there's any new or shocking news in here.
As a collection of thoughts about what it means to be a woman, and as a focus for a drive to end violence against women, this had a certain level of interest. As a bunch of women sitting around and talking abaout their genitalia, some of it sad, some funny, and most was . . . um, well, ooohKAY, then.
Very good. Food for thought, laugh out loud lines.
Extremely empowering for women.
I really like this book. I think it's very empowering, and Woman and Men should read it with each other or alone.
"I say vagina because I want people to respond," says playwright Eve Ensler, creator of the hilarious, disturbing soliloquies in The Vagina Monologues, a book based on her one-woman play. And respond they do--with horror, anger, censure, and sparks of wonder and pleasure. Ensler is on a fervent mission to elevate and celebrate this much mumbled-about body part. She asked hundreds of women of all ages a series of questions about their vaginas (What do you call it? How would you dress it?) that prompt some wondrous answers. Standouts among the euphemisms are tamale, split knish, choochi snorcher, Gladys Siegelman--Gladys Siegelman?--and, of course, that old standby "down there." "Down there?" asks a composite character springing from several older women. "I haven't been down there since 1953. No, it had nothing to do with [American president] Eisenhower." Two of the most powerful pieces include a jagged poem stitched together from the memories of a Bosnian woman raped by soldiers and an American woman sexually abused as a child who reclaims her vagina as a place of wild joy.
I was excited to read this because it had been so highly rated. To say the least, I was disappointed. I found it vulgar and somewhat upsetting, almost as if she was looking for the shock factor. I felt dirty after reading it, not empowered.
Every woman should read this book. A disscusion and celabration of women and their bodies throughout histoy.
Wow. What else can you say for The Vagina Monologues? In the book "taboo" things are brought up...our vaginas, menstrual periods, abuse... I strongly encourage any woman to read this book. I don't want to talk about it much as when you read it I want you to be moved as much as I was.
absolutely wonderful. every woman (and man) should read!
very true and everyone should read this book. men and women alike
this book isnt as good as I heard it was..........
A few words I didn't understand -- anyway, I decided against using this as a read-aloud for my class at Cleveland Elementary, so I'm passing it on.