Mundane's World

Judy Grahn, Author Crossing Press $10.95 (191p) ISBN 978-0-89594-316-3
Here is a rare and compelling first novel about five girls' special passage into womanhood. These protagonists, all residents of ``Mundane,'' the city of dreamers, are of?pk from four clans that peacefully coexist: the Snake clan, famous for healing and balance, the Bee clan, of water-bearing women and the keeping of measurements, the Lion clan, of animals, movement, transportation and trading, and the Tortoise clan of farming, provision, distribution and record-keeping. This well-written tale of spiritual transformation from a woman's point of view is composed in a poetic style, capturing the tribal rhythm of rituals and of day-to-day living. A lyrical whimsy informs the narrative: ``It was certainly a hum drum society, it was so hum drum, ho hum, dum dedum, dum deedle deedle tweedle dum, humming and drumming, every good time was a clap trap.'' Though the story is told mainly through the eyes of two characters, Ernesta and Jessi-ma, animals, plants and insects contribute their perspectives: ``Spiraling high into the sky for a change of air the fly can see if he is looking that there are four wider streets in the city.'' Poet Grahn is author of Another Mother Tongue.'' (October)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
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