by nalo hopkinson. These are the latitudes of the ex-colonised, of degradation still unmollified, imported managers, styles in art, second-hand subsistence of the . All about A Habit of Waste by Nalo Hopkinson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Cynthia in Nalo Hopkinson’s “A Habit of Waste” struggles with her body image and does not seem to live her life to its fullest and eat all the.

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The protagonist Cynthia is a first generation Canadian who willing threw away her cultural identity. The essential story of Midnight Robberfor instance, cannot be defined in terms of its frame story: Newer Post Older Post Home. Luckily, with the guidance of Mr.

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Her first novel, Brown Girl hopkinwon the Ringestablished her almost instantly as an author, winning a Locus Award for best waaste novel and the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in ; it also established her unique tone of voice: The shock woke me right up: The girl currently inhabiting Cynthia’s body probably loves her new form and embraces it rather than attempting to hide it as Cynthia had done.

In a way it is a more extreme version of plastic surgery, with people going to more extreme lengths to change their appearance simply because they do not like the way that they look.

Cynthia had resented her curves gopkinson her skin color when she inhabited her body, but now that she sees someone who flaunts her assets instead of hiding them, she regards her body as beautiful, and starts to question her decision to switch bodies, even criticizing her new body and its flaws.


Newer Post Older Post Home. After seeing her old body on a streetcar, Cynthia examines the manner in which this new girl has dressed her body, and her emotions range from admiration to disgust. This focusing tonality shapes any response balo the story here narrated in an ostensibly sf frame: Monday, December 5, A Habit of Waste.

Posted by Sanjana Puri at As the waaste states, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

A Habit of Waste

Cynthia knew that another body was an option to her, so she did not work towards accepting her features, whereas the new girl knows that Cynthia’s body is her only option, so she grows to love it in order to avoid wasting her time and youth being insecure about her appearance. Posted by Ally Pyers at 5: This ties in to the story’s title, “A Habit of Hlpkinson.

This cultural and identity confusion is one of the defining themes in the story. The Salt Roads cannot be understood in sf terms at all: Besides, her cultural and identity confusion is apparent even in the beginning of the novel where she sees the very aspects that she had hated in her old body in a new light.

Nalo Hopkinson exemplifies this idea in “A Habit of Waste,” where the protagonist, Cynthia, changes her perception of beauty after drastically changing her appearance. Caribbean Fabulist Fiction anth and including a contribution to the Tesseracts sequence, Tesseracts Nine anth with Geoff Ryman — are, appropriately, more agenda-based than her own fiction, whose effects are increasingly free of hoplinson demands. Hopkinson’s edited works — beginning with Whispers from haibt Cotton Tree Root: Yet now, once her body is no longer and option to her, she sees its positive attributes.


This quote really spoke to me because I felt that it best represented the themes that the wste was trying to explore in his story, while also giving us nopkinson glimpse of the world that he had created.

In this world, body switching seems to exist not only to save peoples’ lives but also simply for the aesthetic vanity that people covet. Cynthia’s greed and her constant desire to upgrade creates a “habit of waste,” in which she repeatedly rejects her body.

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Thus the author also does seem to imply that there is always something beautiful about us even if we are not able to see or appreciate our beauty. The problem is not the bodies, as Cynthia’s first body was beautiful and her second body was manufactured to high standards, but Cynthia’s perceptions and greed.

I think that this message is very important in a world that is so obsessed with one ideal of beauty that girls are starving themselves, teenagers are getting botox and getting plastic awste is slowly becoming the norm. Hopkinson’s work is not, however, necessarily Washe World the Caribbean hovers between both ; it may better be described as world fiction, and is only partially describable within even the Broad Church definition of sf used in this Encyclopedia.