Rubyfruit Jungle Kindle Á Mass Market Paperback

Rubyfruit Jungle Kindle Á Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 246 pages
  • Rubyfruit Jungle
  • Rita Mae Brown
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 0553146963

Rubyfruit Jungle❧ Rubyfruit Jungle free download ➛ Author Rita Mae Brown – Essayreview.co.uk Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word of mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America and living happily ever after Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word of mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America and living happily ever after.


About the Author: Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels Rubyfruit Jungle She is also an Emmy nominated screenwriterBrown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania She was raised by her biological mother s female cousin and the cousin s husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft Lauderdale, FloridaStarting in the fall of , Brown attended the University of Florida at Gainesville on a scholarship In the spring of , the administrators of the racially segregated university expelled her for participating in the civil rights movement She subsequently enrolled at Broward Community College with the hope of transferring eventually to atolerant four year institutionBetween fall and , she lived in New York City, sometimes homeless, while attending New York University where she received a degree in Classics and English Later, when she received another degree in cinematography from the New York School of Visual Arts citation needed Brown received a PhD in literature from Union Institute University in and holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DCStarting in , Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles In , she bought a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia where she still lives In , a screenplay Brown wrote while living in Los Angeles, Sleepless Nights, was retitled The Slumber Party Massacre and given a limited release theatricallyDuring Brown s spring semester at the University of Florida at Gainesville, she became active in the American Civil Rights Movement Later in the s, she participated in the anti war movement, the feminist movement and the Gay Liberation movementBrown took an administrative position with the fledgling National Organization for Women, but resigned in January over Betty Friedan s anti gay remarks and NOW s attempts to distance itself from lesbian organizations She claims she played a leading role in the Lavender Menace zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women on May , , which protested Friedan s remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women s movementIn the early s, she became a founding member of The Furies Collective, a lesbian feminist newspaper collective in Washington, DC, which held that heterosexuality was the root of all oppressionBrown told Time magazine in , I don t believe in straight or gay I really don t I think we re all degrees of bisexual There may be a few people on the extreme if it s a bell curve who really truly are gay or really truly are straight Because nobody had ever said these things and used their real name, I suddenly became in the late s the only lesbian in America.


10 thoughts on “Rubyfruit Jungle

  1. says:

    I read this book the year it was published I was a young woman of 21, and it was during a time when it was still considered shocking, by most of mainstream straight America,to be gay My sister had recently come out to me, and my head was spinning We were very close, and she was much older Her roommate of many years was not just a roommate anyI wasn t sure what to think or feel In short, I was confused as hell.This book was a good antidote Hilariously written, human, sexual, occasi I read this book the year it was published I was a young woman of 21, and it was during a time when it was still considered shocking, by most of mainstream straight America,to be gay My sister had recently come out to me, and my head was spinning We were very close, and she was much older Her roommate of many years was not just a roommate anyI wasn t sure what to think or feel In short, I was confused as hell.This book was a good antidote Hilariously written, human, sexual, occasionally profane it s hard to be a homophobe when you re laughing that hard.Later that year,while Anita Bryant was still trying to save our children by getting gays and lesbians banned from any job involving children on the no facts involved notion that they would molest them, I went to my first Pride march in my sister s place She was a pediatric nurse, and terrified lest she lose her position she is retired now Our mother turned on the evening news to see a close up of a very young version of me, clad in a halter top and carrying a sign, chanting Three, five, seven, nine, lesbians are MIGHTY FINE Things are different now, andpeople are probably open to reading a book like this, even when there are no humming wire family issues involved It did me a world of good If you are lesbian, are in favor of gay rights but aren t sure if you are comfortable about actual lesbians a lot of people have told me this over the years it s a private matter, but I don t want to hear about it or if you are not easily offended and just want to laugh, and laugh, and laugh, get this book Read it now

  2. says:

    i swear i already wrote a review of this book but maybe not okay, so you re young, you ve suddenly realized you re a lesbian one out of every two people you talk to in the next year are going to recommend rubyfruit jungle it is THE coming out book i wonder if gay men have an equivalent anyway personally, i think this book is overhyped let s remember that this is the same lady who writes murder mysteries with her CAT that s right, not about her cat, but with her cat co authored i mean, i swear i already wrote a review of this book but maybe not okay, so you re young, you ve suddenly realized you re a lesbian one out of every two people you talk to in the next year are going to recommend rubyfruit jungle it is THE coming out book i wonder if gay men have an equivalent anyway personally, i think this book is overhyped let s remember that this is the same lady who writes murder mysteries with her CAT that s right, not about her cat, but with her cat co authored i mean, i love cats and all, but anyway poor southern lesbian comes out, runs around, hijinks ensue personally, i would sneak into your room at night and replace this book with a dorothy allison book i think you would thank me sigh but yes, i suppose, it s a valid part of the process we can t just dismiss ms brown on account of she s a crazy cat lady and she did get a bar named after the book, so that s gotta count for something

  3. says:

    Fast moving and dynamic, Rubyfruit Jungle vividly sketches the coming of age of a lesbian in postwar America The autobiographical novel follows Molly Brown, the adopted daughter of a destitute family, as she grows up in Florida struggling with her sexuality and later as she runs away to New York to pursue a career as a filmmaker and a life among other lesbians The dialogue heavy novel resembles a screenplay, and its episodic plot is compulsively readable the story s powerfully bookended by Mo Fast moving and dynamic, Rubyfruit Jungle vividly sketches the coming of age of a lesbian in postwar America The autobiographical novel follows Molly Brown, the adopted daughter of a destitute family, as she grows up in Florida struggling with her sexuality and later as she runs away to New York to pursue a career as a filmmaker and a life among other lesbians The dialogue heavy novel resembles a screenplay, and its episodic plot is compulsively readable the story s powerfully bookended by Molly s reflections on her vexed relationship with her mother, who routinely disowned her during her youth The ending s neat and the characterization simple, but the novel s alternately lively and moving

  4. says:

    I read this book by accident Literally and metaphorically, as was trapped in a foreign hospital without anything to read After pleading with anyone who d listen in bad German , one of the nurses said she had one English book at home and this is what she brought me.By the look of the 70s cover and dreadful blurb making it out to be some sort of erotic lesbo fiction, it didn t look like the sort of book I d choose for company over Christmas It just shows you shouldn t judge a book by its cover I read this book by accident Literally and metaphorically, as was trapped in a foreign hospital without anything to read After pleading with anyone who d listen in bad German , one of the nurses said she had one English book at home and this is what she brought me.By the look of the 70s cover and dreadful blurb making it out to be some sort of erotic lesbo fiction, it didn t look like the sort of book I d choose for company over Christmas It just shows you shouldn t judge a book by its cover And after the stomach churning schmaltz of Miracle on Regent Street it was read cover to cover at lightening speed.Intelligently written, coming of age story with a very likeable main character, Molly, who never accepts an answer or will be told what to do, and kicks against all her disadvantages and the bigotry facing her It was funny too the description of the children s nativity play in the local school is priceless Not sure why I ve never come across this author before may be worth investigating her back catalogue based on this one As, apparently it was a bestseller when first published

  5. says:

    I read this for my LGBTQIA literature, culture and criticism class, and from it grew a bit of a debate about its artistic merit There s definitely quite the case against Rubyfruit Jungle It hasn t aged particularly well There s a scene where Molly actually says that sex with women is dynamite and many other moments where outdated slang rears its head Then Brown spends the whole novel plopping one poop joke after another on the reader The only moments where Brown waxes poetic are when she I read this for my LGBTQIA literature, culture and criticism class, and from it grew a bit of a debate about its artistic merit There s definitely quite the case against Rubyfruit Jungle It hasn t aged particularly well There s a scene where Molly actually says that sex with women is dynamite and many other moments where outdated slang rears its head Then Brown spends the whole novel plopping one poop joke after another on the reader The only moments where Brown waxes poetic are when she is not so subtly spoon feeding the reader the message that queer women are capable of all the depth and humanity of heterosexual men Characters names are used just to point out their relationships with other characters like Paul and Polina and Holly and Molly And the only characters that really show any dynamicism are Leroy and Carrie But none of that stopped me from loving it Not even in the slightest Even in 1973, Rubyfruit Jungle wasn t seen as remarkable for the traditional literary reasons it was radical for its ideas The truths Brown writes are every bit as hidden and denied in 2016 as they were then There s the fact that female eroticism is denied to serve an antiquated ideal of purity , and with it the fact that Americans think that human sexuality is inherently impure Molly is happiest when she is able to explore her own sensuality on her own terms Carrie s love for Carl dies and with it any chance of her future happiness when she realizes that he had slept with other women before her There s the fact that Carrie s whole happiness depends on Carl in the first place The women in this novel know that they are valuable as long as they have a man It s why Leotta disregards her queerness, settles down and encourages Molly to do the same It s why Polina is never really comfortable with the idea of being in love with Molly It s why Molly herself dates a quarterback throughout high school The world around Molly believes that a single woman is simply a woman unclaimed and therefore a woman vulnerable And there s the fact that the patriarchy values women the most as an accessory to the heterosexual male libido Molly is hated by her fellow students because she exposes the way that women s minds aren t valued in film The whole room grows uncomfortable not because of the excessive artistic pornography the men make, but because Molly dares to show an older woman speaking honestly about her life Molly was broke and without a job until a man with a kink pulled her off the streets to throw grapefruit at his chest This isn t a chronicle of Molly overcoming the homophobia and misogyny she encounters, this is an account of a woman who finally recognizes the trap of a white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy And that to me is as artistic as a novel can get

  6. says:

    Seeing as I ve been dating women for awhile, I figured I d finally read this classic of lesbo lit My review in one word, eh I mean, Brown s got a great handle on a fierce character, and there are streaks of beauty in this jammed story, but the main problem it hasego than Ayn Rand whom I love, btw Rae s main character, Molly, is strong willed, defiant, and brutally brilliant against her slow as molasses thinkin counterparts and family members I m one for a hard headed, knows wh Seeing as I ve been dating women for awhile, I figured I d finally read this classic of lesbo lit My review in one word, eh I mean, Brown s got a great handle on a fierce character, and there are streaks of beauty in this jammed story, but the main problem it hasego than Ayn Rand whom I love, btw Rae s main character, Molly, is strong willed, defiant, and brutally brilliant against her slow as molasses thinkin counterparts and family members I m one for a hard headed, knows what she wants type a woman, but there is no fault in Molly Brown heaps undulating audiences who are speared by Molly s wit on every side You can only assume that Molly is a thinly veiled autobiographical character, but this is where her defiant I m smarter than em all characteristic bleeds into the writing, which is as undulant and as flawed as her main character Brown s character is not human, she s the super human Sapphic wish on steroids, she s all spear and no handle, and in all honesty, it just feels like you re reading the story of someone telling you how great they are at all times There is little nuance, little moments of understanding and in truth, little sense of a full character Molly s a one dimensional savior to all those Lesbo, and if you re Lesbo yourself, or just discovering that you have an inner Lesbo and need to nurture it, by all means, take Rubyfruit Jungle out and have a field day Still, it s a quick read, and definitely has it s place in the cannon of both feminist and gay lit, so take a read if you re into that As for Brown though, I simply wished she had a better editor She possible did, and then fired her, though

  7. says:

    I really debated whether to give this one or two stars because my intense negative reaction to the book doesn t necessarily mean it wasn t written decently However, I definitely can t award it anything higher than a two because it was awful in many ways Here s a list in no particular order why I dislike this novel 1 Putting down butch lesbians by basically saying there s no point to them Molly says she might as well be with a man and also implying from the few she met that they are stupid a I really debated whether to give this one or two stars because my intense negative reaction to the book doesn t necessarily mean it wasn t written decently However, I definitely can t award it anything higher than a two because it was awful in many ways Here s a list in no particular order why I dislike this novel 1 Putting down butch lesbians by basically saying there s no point to them Molly says she might as well be with a man and also implying from the few she met that they are stupid and ugly 2 Ageism Granted, Molly does sleep with Polina towards the end but she puts down older lesbians frequently prior to that.3 Rape Molly is pissed at Polina who is being judgmental for sure, but still doesn t condone the above action and forces her to kiss her and then restrains her on the bed Molly even admits she half forced her into this encounter and dismisses Polina s objections by insisting she likes it, even if she initially acts like she hates it If a dude did this in a novel I would be just as squicked out right now It is never okay to force someone to have sex with you, I don t care how they re acting.4 Approval of incest, with emphasis on parent and child Later, when Molly is now sleeping with Polina s daughter, Alice, she says that she knows her mother wants to sleep with her but is too repressed to do so What follows is Alice saying she doesn t think incest is that big of a trauma to which Molly replies that she doesn t understand why parents and children put each other in these de sexed categories It s Anti human, I think As if that isn t disgusting enough on its own, she tries to cover her ass by by adding that incest is only okay when both parties are consenting and over fifteen.I guess the author thought herself very enlightened by suggesting incest is no big deal as long as everyone is onboard but I found that entire section disturbing as hell Being a victim of incest myself I can only assume the author a never had any experience with incest personally or b did, but is so fucked up as a result that she thinks it permissible for parent and child to have sex together I ll be the first to say that incest is a big deal and was very traumatic to me I realize not everyone feels the same, but I think it s irresponsible and horrid to suggest that not having sex with relatives is somehow anti human So fuck you very much, Rita Mae Brown You know what On second thought, I give this book one star There is nothing within it that s redeemable enough to pardon the things above

  8. says:

    After Six of One, my favorite of lesbian legend among women Rita Mae Brown s witty, delightful books The fact that the young woman protagonist is a film student, and the film that she s shown to have made, kept me riveted to the page I dated a lot of film students in 1970s Austin The fact that not a lot of women went to film school, at least not that I saw at their sausage fests, made the fiery transgressiveness of the whole tale all theexciting Break every boundary, ignore every nor After Six of One, my favorite of lesbian legend among women Rita Mae Brown s witty, delightful books The fact that the young woman protagonist is a film student, and the film that she s shown to have made, kept me riveted to the page I dated a lot of film students in 1970s Austin The fact that not a lot of women went to film school, at least not that I saw at their sausage fests, made the fiery transgressiveness of the whole tale all theexciting Break every boundary, ignore every norm, he hummed to the Sound of Music tune.It s a STEAL at 1.99 today, 7 November 2019

  9. says:

    It always amazes me how much you can gain even from the smallest book if it is written right.I am not exactly predestined to make profound statements here Compared to the main character I have the wrong sex and am in the wrong age I also live in the wrong country, at the wrong time, and was not brought up by foster parents Over and above I m heterosexual So what attracts me to Molly Bolt so much Why can I identify with her I guess it s her individuality, her unique character, the swimming It always amazes me how much you can gain even from the smallest book if it is written right.I am not exactly predestined to make profound statements here Compared to the main character I have the wrong sex and am in the wrong age I also live in the wrong country, at the wrong time, and was not brought up by foster parents Over and above I m heterosexual So what attracts me to Molly Bolt so much Why can I identify with her I guess it s her individuality, her unique character, the swimming against the tide, her fighting the odds which were against her from the very start And it is the profoundly moral and, ultimately, human core she owns, that is hidden under the sometimes harsh profanity, the various sexual encounters, even in the struggles with her adoptive mother And this, the core of a moral human being, has nothing to do with gender, age, place or time And certainly not with one s sexual orientation This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

  10. says:

    I m seriously reconsidering this Fallback Friday idea If the old books are all like this one, I don t think I ll be able to handle it.This book was a flat out mess I m sitting here so angry after reading it.I did not like Molly Bolt Not even a little bit This story follows Molly Bolt from when she was 11 all the way until her mid twenties We read her life in sectioned off parts Her childhood, her junior high high school, and young adult college time frames She was a detestable brat throug I m seriously reconsidering this Fallback Friday idea If the old books are all like this one, I don t think I ll be able to handle it.This book was a flat out mess I m sitting here so angry after reading it.I did not like Molly Bolt Not even a little bit This story follows Molly Bolt from when she was 11 all the way until her mid twenties We read her life in sectioned off parts Her childhood, her junior high high school, and young adult college time frames She was a detestable brat throughout it all.I think I m supposed to think that Molly was brave and ahead of her time There is probably supposed to be a lesson in this story about being yourself and not conforming to what others expect or think of you Maybe I m even supposed to be swayed to think that we aren t meant for monogamy and we should all explore free love.I read someplace that this book kind of made the author her the only lesbian in that era And that just saddens me Because if everyone read this drivel, then it is no wonder why people have untoward ideas about homosexuals The entire book romanticizes infidelity and promiscuity Molly diddles and sexes with anybody she comes in contact with Without any type of emotional connection whatsoever Completely disconnected And we are supposed to believe that she would turn down some rich woman archaeologist that would fund the only thing important to her Sure thing The worst part was when Molly declares that she is pretty much OK with incest I know Rita Mae Brown could not have been going for any type of positive representation with this book It feltlike she was going for shock factor Well done Because this was well and truly shocking to me I wish we could have had apositive lesbian role model protagonist in the early best selling lesbian novel Maybe we wouldn t have had to undo so many negative stereotypes along the way.And for the record, this does not stand up over time At all I didn t understand a multitude of references to politicians, artists, actors, etc There was some slang I ve never heard in my life It had openly racist and homophobic dialogue Generalized bigotry that was prevalent back then.Seriously do not recommend

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