It is not difficult to see why novelists are drawn to write about cults and communes: their demarcated worlds and lonely, illuminate the society around them; Here is Emma Cline a writer of 27 years old who presents his first book: “The Girls”, its theme is inspired by one of the most notorious and disquieting criminals of the late 20th century, Charles Manson, whose “Family” brutally murdered actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and her friends and her husband, Roman Polanski, in August 1969.
That night, Manson was concentrating on a group of young women to carry out the murder. He keeps the girls in a communal ranch.
The protagonist of the first novel by Emma Cline called Evie Boyd, is fourteen years old and lives with his divorced mother in Southern California. Evie’s grandmother was an actress well known television, which leave a large fortune. Through the eyes of Evie, we will look like her mother, is decorated frantically, makeup and improves their appearance, in order to attract a number of men (including her ex – husband) all of which seek only their money.
Despite his undoubted contempt for the conduct of his mother, Evie falls into the same similar patterns. At first it was something more innocent, destroy the relationship he had with his friend of a lifetime for a child, but later became something sinister, Evie ends in a cult and can be prostituted by Russell, its charismatic leader, a version barely disguised Charles Manson. And while manipulations Russell and general misery of life in “the ranch” provide more exciting passages of the book, “the girls” is less about the Manson family and more about when women (and girls) are conditioned to throughout their lives, citizens seconds to be subordinate to men.
The book is divided into three segments, each showing an Evie 60, recalling that particular period of his life. When the protagonist remembers what he was sexually serve a rock musician who wanted to impress Russell admits, “… that had legislated a pattern had been defined clearly, like a child, providing a known value. There was something almost comforting in this respect, clarity of objectives, even if I was ashamed. I did not understand you could want more. ”
When she considers the judgment of the public about the other girls at the ranch, she describes her ego like a muscle unused, “… increasingly flabby and useless” and how he knew that “… only be a girl in the world, hinders your ability to believe in yourself.”
This is a brilliant novel with rich multi – dimensional characters, a plot of suspense and a powerful message. Even if the language became a little delicate, sometimes, I thought it worked well in the service of history, which is a kind of melancholy memory game. The heart of the girls is how women present themselves to the world, the way we looked at each other and the way we understand ourselves through the eyes of others. As Cline writes, “We all want to be seen.”