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The Last Redhead’s mother died in labor, and with no identification or a parent present, she was shipped off to an orphanage.
Coveted for her copper locks, The Last Redhead is kidnapped the moment she walks out of the orphanage on her 18th birthday by a man who plans to inseminate the young woman and create redheaded offspring to turn a profit.
The novel is a confusing puzzle of several stories, which are lost in translation and take away from the main storyline of The Last Redhead.
Each story highlights the insecurities of each character and the ways in which they are perceived by society. The Last Redhead focuses on physical traits and refers to characters by their individual characteristics.
Many of these characters are female and have been exploited for their beauty.
One of the first characters that we meet after The Last Redhead is Better Blonder Blonde, a beautiful woman who appears in hundreds of advertisements and struggles to escape from the public eye.
With names that focus on physical traits like Better Blonder Blonde, Dr. Squishy and Brunette, it is clear that this fictional world is very concerned about appearances.
Using names based on appearances was actually very helpful in understanding the story and the way that the fictional society of this book feels about beauty and physical features. It also helps readers to imagine the way that these individuals look.
The fictional society’s perceptions of beauty magnify today’s values. The idea of beauty and perfection is something that society is extremely concerned about, and the story of The Last Redhead may provide a view of how our future could look.
The story touches on the possibility of the recessive gene for red hair disappearing, and turns that chance into an interesting story about beauty and corruption, and one brave woman’s search for her father.
As the story continues, The Last Redhead endures challenge after challenge and is finally reunited with her father, who feels that his…
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Review: The Last Redhead
by, Angarhad at Tinted Edges, “judging books by their covers” : https://tintededges.com/2017/07/23/the-last-redhead/
23, 2017 · 5:49 pm
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.
“The Last Redhead” by L. J Mozdy is a science fiction novel set in an alternative world ruled by advertising campaigns and high-speed trains. After her mother dies giving birth to her, the Last Redhead, the only known redhead in the world for 20 years, lives her entire childhood in an orphanage. On her 18th birthday she’s kicked to the curb and picked up by the Spermicidal Maniac who informs her that they are going to have lots of redheaded babies and make lots of money. However, he’s not the only one who wants to find the Last Redhead and make some money off her, regardless of what she wants.
This is quite a surreal story, set in a strange world even more obsessed with beauty and advertising than our own. Mozdy is quite a creative writer with a similar writing style to Tom Robbins. He takes a particular interest in the grotesque minutiae of human existance. He weaves in social commentary, biology and pseudoscience to shed light on a society gone mad with the idea of red hair. This is quite a dense book though with a rather rambling story line, so it’s definitely more of a slow burn than a fast-paced book.
An interesting story with clear parallels to our own world, this book takes the myth of redheadedness going extinct to its most extreme.