When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife Review

Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of a kept woman, bullying her out of her life as an academic and writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

Smart, fierce and courageous When I Hit You is a dissection of what love meant, means and will come to mean when trust is undermined by violence; a brilliant, throat-tightening feminist discourse on battered faces and bruised male egos; and a scathing portrait of traditional wedlock in modern India.

Title:When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife
Edition Language:English

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  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. When I Hit You’s unnamed narrator gives a staggering account of psychological manipulation and marital abuse...

  • Jennifer

    The words I would use to describe this book – powerful, unflinching, raw – all sound cliché, but they’re all true. Video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2KI7......

  • Meike

    "That is the aim of the rapes, all this rough sex. Not just a disciplining, but a disabling. He believes that after him, I will have nothing in me to love, to make love, to give pleasure. This is a ma...

  • Khush

    It is a book that roused many responses in me, not always good. In the beginning, just after reading a few pages, I made up my mind about the writer. She proved me right, to an extent, in the first ha...

  • Srividya

    Many years ago, when I was studying law, I worked with a non profit organization that dealt with women’s issues along with many others. I was in my final year of law when I met her. She was a woman ...

  • Gumble's Yard

    I am the woman who has tried to shield herself from the pain of the first person singular …. I am the woman who stands in place of the woman who loathes to enter this story in any of its narrations...

  • Viv JM

    When I Hit You tells the tale of a young wife's treatment at the hands of an abusive husband. First, he cuts her off and seeks to control her (making her delete her Facebook account, hand over her pho...

  • Ylenia

    Sometimes the shame is not the beatings, not the rape.The shaming is in being asked to stand to judgment.I'm so glad I checked the Women's Prize longlist when it came out because I would have never fo...

  • Preethi

    Must read. For everyone. If you are a woman, read this book and tell yourself how bad some people in this world could be. If you are a man, read it to know the atrocities women have to put up with. If...

  • Jonathan Pool

    Is this happening to you? The disbeliefDid you let this happen to you? The shockWhy did you put up with all of this? The shame (219)Prior to the announcement of the Women’s Prize for Fiction I was n...