A review by aliciae08
The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson

reflective medium-paced


I don’t know how to articulate my thoughts on this book. I know what I read, but if I were asked to describe this to someone, I just wouldn’t be able to.

It both reads like someone’s journal—scattered, but with the central theme hidden inside; and it also reads like someone’s xotero—their notes on articles that moved them just enough to be considered for a dissertation.

I didn’t love this book, but I definitely didn’t hate it either. It’s solidly a 3 for me. Sometimes the writing was pretentious and the sentences convoluted, but other times they were clear. Nelson talks honestly about motherhood and birthing, what her relationship looks like to her with a gender fluid partner and how their life is made up with all it’s mess, all it’s grief/fear and all it’s love. 

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