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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Cynthia had resented her curves and 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.

Cynthia’s greed and her constant desire to upgrade creates a “habit awste waste,” in which she repeatedly rejects her body. Hopkinson’s edited works — beginning with Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: The shock woke me hopkinsn up: Luckily, with the guidance of Mr.

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Title: A Habit of Waste

In this world, body switching seems to exist not only to save peoples’ lives but also simply for the aesthetic vanity that people covet. The Salt Roads cannot be understood in sf terms at all: As the proverb states, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. 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 genre demands.


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 cultural and identity confusion is one of the defining themes in the story.

A Habit of Waste

Posted by Sanjana Puri at Posted by Ally Pyers at 5: The protagonist Cynthia is a first generation Canadian who willing threw away her cultural identity. 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.

Nalo Hopkinson exemplifies this idea in “A Habit of Waste,” where the protagonist, Cynthia, changes her perception of beauty after drastically changing her appearance. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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 surgery is slowly becoming the norm.

The girl currently inhabiting Cynthia’s nabit probably loves her new form and embraces it rather than attempting to hide it as Cynthia had done. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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This focusing tonality shapes any response to the story here narrated in an ostensibly sf frame: This ties in to the story’s title, “A Habit of Waste. In a way it is a more extreme version of plastic surgery, with people going to more extreme lengths to change their appearance hop,inson because they do not like the way that they look.

Hopkinson’s work is not, however, necessarily Third World the Caribbean hovers between both ; it may nxlo be described as world fiction, hbait is only partially describable within even the Broad Church definition of sf used in this Encyclopedia.


Yet now, once her body is no longer and option to her, she sees its positive attributes. 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.

Her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ringestablished her almost instantly as an author, winning a Locus Award for best first novel and the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in ; it also established her unique tone of voice: The essential story of Midnight Robberfor instance, cannot be defined in terms of its frame story: 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.

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