Rubyfruit Jungle The rare work of fiction that has changed real life If you don t yet know Molly Bolt or Rita Mae Brown who created her I urge you to read and thank them both Gloria Steinem Winner of the Lambda Liter

  • Title: Rubyfruit Jungle
  • Author: Rita Mae Brown
  • ISBN: 9781101965122
  • Page: 216
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  • The rare work of fiction that has changed real life If you don t yet know Molly Bolt or Rita Mae Brown, who created her I urge you to read and thank them both Gloria Steinem Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award A landmark coming of age novel that launched the career of one of this country s most distinctive vo The rare work of fiction that has changed real life If you don t yet know Molly Bolt or Rita Mae Brown, who created her I urge you to read and thank them both Gloria Steinem Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award A landmark coming of age novel that launched the career of one of this country s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work than forty years after its original publication In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes and she refuses to apologize for loving them back This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after Praise for Rubyfruit Jungle Groundbreaking The New York Times Powerful a truly incredible book I found myself laughing hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably just moments later The Boston Globe You can t fully know or enjoy how much the world has changed without reading this truly wonderful book Andrew Tobias, author of The Best Little Boy in the World A crass and hilarious slice of growing up different, as fun to read today as it was in 1973 The Rumpus Molly Bolt is a genuine descendant genuine female descendant of Huckleberry Finn And Rita Mae Brown is, like Mark Twain, a serious writer who gets her messages across through laughter Donna E Shalala A trailblazing literary coup at publication It was the right book at the right time Lee Lynch, author of Beggar of Love

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    1. 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 screenwriter.Brown 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, Florida.Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the University of Florida at Gainesville on a scholarship In the spring of 1964, the administrators of the racially segregated university expelled her for participating in the civil rights movement She subsequently enrolled at Broward Community College 3 with the hope of transferring eventually to a tolerant four year institution.Between fall 1964 and 1969, she lived in New York City, sometimes homeless, while attending New York University 6 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 Ph.D in literature from Union Institute University in 1976 and holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.Starting in 1973, Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles In 1977, she bought a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia where she still lives 9 In 1982, a screenplay Brown wrote while living in Los Angeles, Sleepless Nights, was retitled The Slumber Party Massacre and given a limited release theatrically.During Brown s spring 1964 semester at the University of Florida at Gainesville, she became active in the American Civil Rights Movement Later in the 1960s, she participated in the anti war movement, the feminist movement and the Gay Liberation movement.Brown took an administrative position with the fledgling National Organization for Women, but resigned in January 1970 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 1, 1970, which protested Friedan s remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women s movement.In the early 1970s, 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 oppression.Brown told Time magazine in 2008, 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 1970s the only lesbian in America.

    588 thoughts on “Rubyfruit Jungle”

    1. 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 any more. I 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 [...]

    2. 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, [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 has more ego 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 [...]

    6. Tatiana is not being fair. RMB wrote this book reasonably early in her career, 30 years ago. The humor of the time was different, the references were different, shock value was different, risque was different. At the time it was shockingly welcome. It is still today a very joyful, affirming book for gay, straight, adopted, natural, or just unique. RMB is older and mellower now (see cat mysteries!) but this is an important, albeit fictionalized, documentation of her thoughts and development at a [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. The first few chapters I was laughing so much I was for sure I would be giving this book a high rating. It was a good book that I had not heard of before, thanks library book club. Molly Bolt is an steadfast character and while she just might be Brown living out her younger years, it wasn't the greatest, but still an enjoyable read.

    9. I've read this book about 8 times in the last 18 years. In it, she mentions bagels & lox. I only JUST, at age 31, figured out what LOX was, though Thankfully I understood everything else in the book, so we're good. I was just late on the lox stuff.

    10. Definitely an interesting historical look at some concepts (lesbianism, feminine gender roles in society). I did think it was a little heavy-handed and presumptuous at times (the fact that every woman the protagonist is interested in wants to sleep with her as well, the idea that anyone who can throw off the shackles of societal standards would prefer to be a lesbian because the sex is objectively better, etc.) Also her talent for her chosen career is portrayed in very tell-don't-show manner (my [...]

    11. I can't say it's exactly to my tastes, but I quickly found it impossible not to give in to Molly Bolt's unflagging exuberance as she strides through her whirlwind life with gusto and verve, inevitably encountering a lot of people along the way. Many of these characters quickly become hung up on who Molly is, where she came from, what she stands for, and, more often than not, are bewildered by the very potent sexual effect she has on them. Molly, ever disappointed but nonplussed by the reactionar [...]

    12. Oh, I loved this book. I laughed and I cried and it reminded me to be so thankful and grateful for those who came before me and paved the way. Those who made it possible for me to be out and comfortable enough to not have my life crashing down around me because of who I love. We have come so far, but we truly still have so far to go. I want to live in a world where I can walk down the street holding my girlfriends hand without having to endure the nasty stares and the horrible comments muttered [...]

    13. One of the few books regarded as a "classic" of lesbian literature, Ruby Fruit Jungle bothered me. What begins as a not-too-bad lesbian coming of age story evolves into an anti-heterosexual, anti-motherhood manefesto. The plot and the writing suffer as a result, and my own disagreement with the message prevents me from enjoying the book. I was able to find solace in regarding the book as something of a historical relac - a museum piece of sorts that illustrates well a particular philosophical er [...]

    14. Hmm.Things I liked about this book:1) The way that Molly described her mother's politics as "to the right of Genghis Khan." That is perhaps the best line I have read, ever. Which is important because I generally think that this book was terribly written, and that the dialogue wasn't realistic at all.2) How anti-marriage and anti-having children this book is. Because I'm an asshole who doesn't want to get married or have kids.3) The fact that Molly didn't graduate from college and become wildly s [...]

    15. 6/10/11: It was fun. I liked Molly Bolt before she came to NYC a lot more than I did after. And I saw someone else's review mention that the book was pretty butch-phobic, and that's true. So it was fun, especially before she got to NYC, but mostly just OK.Something that was interesting about it for me--(I can't help reading as an informal sociologist, it seems.)--was the trenchant gender critique, and the realization that not so long ago the woman as class president, as film director, as uninter [...]

    16. Do you ever pick up a book and find yourself halfway through analyzing why this must have appealed to a number of people at one point? I mean, sure, but to have a book go DOWNHILL after that point seems like an exercise in mockery. I understand why this is important as an early lesbian novel but I'd happily sacrifice that value to never hear or know about this book again. Warnings for discussions/(endorsements?) of CSA and incest.

    17. I was quite disappointed in this. It was the first lesbian classic that I didn't love. First of all she didn't end up "happy". She was alone and had a qualification in an industry which was too sexist to let her get a job in her field. That's not a happy ending. The thing that I love best about the old pulps are that they are so breathtakingly and heartbreakingly honest. The emotions in them are so raw. This just felt cold and artificial. She moved from one stage of her life to the other and not [...]

    18. This is a coming-of-age novel about Molly, a tough, smart, adopted lesbian (her mom tells her she's a "bastard") who also happens to have sex with a bunch of dudes (she thinks it's boring) throughout her life. She grows up in Pennsylvania and moves to Florida, then hitchhikes to New York City. The writing is, at times, too simplistic, and the dialogue forced, but Molly is a funny and likable character. Brown portrays heterosexuals as perpetually unhappy, dishonest with themselves, and (usually) [...]

    19. 4.5 stars. I loved it. LOVED it. This was so close to a five star read for me. Half a star off for one scene in particular towards the end, which I'll put in spoilers for those who want to read it. Other than that unfortunate scene, I really loved how this whole book was handled. It tackles race, sexuality, poverty, and sexism. Molly is a fierce narrator who doesn't let anyone tell her what she can or cannot do as a woman. I just loved all of it. (view spoiler)[ Molly basically forces sexual adv [...]

    20. Ung och kåt - och atletisk latinist!!! Kallas 'coming-out novel' men jag läser den som icke-konformistisk, feministisk och t.o.m. intersektionell pamflett. Ljuvligt idiosynkratisk, normkritisk och vasst humoristisk, dessutom. Hjältinnan är t.ex. en socialt rörlig tomboy, bara det. Denna bok bör fortfarande sättas i händerna på varje ung människa p.g.a. viktig."I wanted to go my own way. That's all I think I ever wanted, to go my own way and maybe find some love here and there."#BOTNS-b [...]

    21. This classic coming-of-age tale is something everyone interested in sex-positivity should read. It feels like a memoir (and probably is, in large part), and it is HORRIFYING in the days when people can marry in the US, regardless of their plumbing, to think about people being kicked out of college merely for loving someone of the same sex and being unashamed to say so.My favorite line: "Love, but not the now and forever kind, with chains around your vagina and a short circuit in your brain." The [...]

    22. I must have started this book years ago because the first couple of chapters were very familiar. The story is very dated and at the same time not very realistic for the time it took place. There is much better LGBT literature out there but this book deserves recognition for bring one of the first.

    23. Unha marabilla aditiva. Oxalá ver este libro feito serie algún día.Molly Bolt é unha Rory Gilmore con mala hostia e desprovista dos seus privilexios de rica hetero.

    24. An important story that touches upon sexuality, feminism, and family values in the 50s and 60s. I enjoyed following Molly through her life, and watching how different events shaped her future. I originally picked this book up because I thought the cover was beautiful and it didn't seem like a very long story. I was happily surprised when I started really enjoying the novel.

    25. honestly not the biggest fan of this one. the know-it-all narrator got annoying after some time. last 20 or so pages very good; rest mostly decent/mediocre. also, we get it! you hate butches! radical.

    26. Rubyfruit Jungle has long been a staple in feminist and lesbian libraries, but this story isn’t exclusively for that audience. It’s a story about Molly Bolt, who lives in relative poverty in rural Pennsylvania. This is Molly’s story, and as she tells it from her perspective, we follow her life as it changes and evolves as she herself grows: from the back country of Pennsylvania, to the suburbs of Florida to the mean streets of New York City. During her Florida years we comes to terms with [...]

    27. Something about the way this book was written made it difficult for me to really connect with the story. I think it was either the amount of dialogue (which made things sometimes hard to follow), or the strangeness of it. Nearly everything Molly said or thought seemed like something that could only become apparent years later and fabricated while looking back on memories with the luxury of hindsight. She seemed too sure of herself, and too "devil-may-care" about what anyone else thought for me t [...]

    28. This is dated and badly badly written. The dated part I can forgive. It was, after all, written in 1973. But the badly written part? I've been a fan of Rita Mae Brown for a very long time. I love the Mrs. Murphy series. Ruby Fruit Jungle is Ms. Brown's first work. I am happy that she pursued further writingbut this work. UGH!!! It is written from a feminist perspective and that's fine. I'm all for that. But her protagonistMolly Bolt encounters more discrimination that I can believe was possible [...]

    29. This was a powerful read that made me feel like I could be or do anything. Molly is an absolutely captivating main character and seeing her life transition from a young child to an older adult.I can't even describe all the great things about this book, there are so many. The best parts in this book are always when Molly is talking. Describing herself, her sexuality, how the world looks to her, any time Molly opens her mouth to speak her mind is humbling. Every line of her conversations with othe [...]

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