Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas

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Walk to the End of the World Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Although set in another culture and in another age, Walk to the End of the World, like most serious science fiction, is really about today. Charnas's method is to take real male attitudes and exaggerate them to the point of absurdity. In the hands of a less-skilled writer this could easily degenerate into bitter farce, but Charnas's inventiveness and the sheer ferocity of her vision keep the novel on track throughout. The author's point, of course, is that contemporary patriarchal society already does to women all of the horrible things which are mentioned here; it simply does them so subtly that men, especially, usually do not notice.