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  1. says:

    I have done what the verse from Philippians instructed which is to think about what is good what is just what is pure and what is excellent And I have arrived at an answer pacifism I don't understand all the starred reviews for this bookPerhaps Women Talking works better if you go into it expecting a religiophilosophica

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    This is without a single doubt the most important book I have read all yearThe women have three options they can choose from but they can choose only one 1 Do nothing2 Stay and fight3 Leave But perhaps one is enough Perhaps that one option can open multiple other possibilities If the women arrive to a conclusion that isAlready from

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    I had to stop And think for a little than a day on what my rating of this would be had to separate my feelinges so I could judge what Toews has accomplished by writing this book uite frankly this book made me so angry for the women in this Mennonite enclosed colony in Bolivia Between 2005 and 2009 over 100 women and child

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    the fact that this two hundred page book took me 2 weeks to read is basically a review in and of itselfI really wanted to like this book which is based on a true story so horrifying and unbelievable and real that it would be ridiculous if it were never fictionalized but I just couldn't for so many little basical

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    In the loft of a barn the women of a Mennonite community in Bolivia meet to talk about what they should do how they could move forward to protect themselves and their daughters from of the vicious rapes they have endured as they were

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    The women in this book have been dealt a hand of crappy cards AND I MEAN CRAPPYThe women need to talk With only 2 days free until the men in their community return its their intension to bring back the lovely rapists who have been in jail to give them back their RAPING LEADERSHIP cuz they are such nice wholesome decent menHa Sowhile

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    I don't know how this book got publishedA fictitious account of actual events a dark and disturbing subject with a plethora of 4 and 5 star reviews What could go wrong Well in the case of this book everythingThe entire book is spelled out in the description Eight Mennonite women discover that themselves along with 100 other women a

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    In 2011 eight men belonging to the Manitoba Mennonite Colony were convicted of a series of sexual assaults committed from 2005 to 2009 Prior

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    4 starsWomen Talking is not perfect but it is very powerful and well worth reading Miriam Toews announces at the beginning that the book is based on true events in Bolivia where a number of Mennonite women were raped and abused by a

  10. says:

    This book almost reads like a science fiction novel like some distant cousin of A Handmaid's Tale until you remember it is based on a true story A sect of Mennonites live in a distant part of Bolivia speaking their own language and rarely in c

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Read ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Å Miriam Toews

Ry they live in have very little time to make a choice Should they stay in the only world they’ve ever known or should they dare to escapeBased on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all female symposium Toews’s masterful novel uses wry politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide In 2011 eight men belonging to the Manitoba Mennonite Colony were convicted of a series of sexual assaults committed from 2005 to 2009 Prior to the discovery the rapes had been attributed to a ghost or demon The victims were reported to be between the ages of 3 and 65 The offenders used a type of gas used by veterinarians to sedate animals during medical procedures Despite long custodial sentences for the convicted men an investigation in 2013 reported continuing cases of similar assaults WikipediaWomen Talking is based on the above mentioned rapes The women in this book are contemplating their choices on how to deal with assaults 1 Do Nothing 2 Stay and Fight 3 LeaveThe Women secretly gather to discuss their choices and how to proceed As none of them can read or write they ask a man August to take notes for them As they share their feelings thoughts emotions he writes them while also sharing bits of information himself to them Naturally the women are angry some are now pregnant as a result of the rapes and some have daughters who have been attacked as well Not only are they talking about what happened to them they are talking about their religion their faith and the men in their community who are going to bail these men out This is a very relevant book and it is frightening to think that this book is written about what really happened to a group of Mennonite Women Attacks that happened in the night while the women were drugged They wake up bruised bleeding sore missing clothing etc There is a short book which mainly takes places as the women sit and talk As I mentioned they talk about their faith the role of forgiveness what to do with anger etc I appreciated how they talked together and voiced their thoughts on their choices Although they may disagree at times and even feel anger they work things out and keep discussing their choices as they have a small window of time in which to decideSo why three stars Which by the way means I thought the book was good and I enjoyed it in case you were wondering At times I felt the book dragged a little and I wanted to skim Perhaps in the way this story was told hindered my enjoyment a little I think this book could have been told without the August s character I think he was added to share some info and to show how Ona was showing him kindness by asking him to help But for me personally parts of his backstory got in the way I wanted the entire book to be about the women and what happened to them I encourage anyone interested in this book to pick it up and decide for yourself Do you need to know some information about Mennonites to enjoy this book I don t think so but it may help give some readers a general understanding on their history their close knit communities and their faith Overall a good book that addresses horrific assaults and how women of faith came together to talk and make a decision togetherI received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions in this review are my own

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Women Talking

One evening eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting For the past two years each of these women and than a hundred other girls in their colony has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from t This is without a single doubt the most important book I have read all yearThe women have three options they can choose from but they can choose only one 1 Do nothing2 Stay and fight3 Leave But perhaps one is enough Perhaps that one option can open multiple other possibilities If the women arrive to a conclusion that isAlready from the straight forward title you know 90% of what is happening in this book Women are talking about their situations and trying to imagine a safer future for themselves and their children This is a work of fiction and yet Miriam Toews wrote this book as a reaction to real life events that have happened in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia In this colony women were raped in the night by unwelcome visitors believed to be demons sent by the devil himself to punish the women for their sins But the truth came out It was the men who committed these acts Men who raped women teenage girls and even young children The accused men were incarcerated but in this version of the story the Priest and the majority of the other men plan to bail them out without consideration for the women And in a patriarchal society what can women who have been oppressed all their lives by their fathers their husbands and even their sons and whose thoughts don t matter do to stop these violent acts against them and start leading peaceful livesThat is what Greta Agata Mariche Ona Mejal Salome Autje and Neitje the youngest in the group are pondering August Epp the man who records these conversations also participates in the discussions at times He is someone the women can trust Everyone has a role to play and everyone s voice is heard for once Even the youngest ones Autje and Neitje gain confidence and become involved in their own ways despite being reluctant to participate in the beginningI cannot imagine discouraging anyone from reading this incredible story The format is original yes and the themes salient of course but it s also utterly captivating If you know me even a little you know that I don t give high ratings to important books whose important ideas were poorly developed Otherwise I would have definitely given The Kiss uotient five stars But this this is everything Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

Read ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Å Miriam Toews

Heir own community they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harmWhile the men of the colony are off in the city attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home these women all illiterate without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the count the fact that this two hundred page book took me 2 weeks to read is basically a review in and of itselfI really wanted to like this book which is based on a true story so horrifying and unbelievable and real that it would be ridiculous if it were never fictionalized but I just couldn t for so many little basically me being nitpicky reasons including the writing style and the structure and the fact that all the characters were introduced at once in a very similar fashion so that I could never get a real grasp of who anybody was but mainly for One Big Reason and that reason is this why the hell is a man telling this storyuick TW before we get into the synopsis sexual assault drugging domestic violencethis is about a true event in the Mennonite colony of Manitoba in Bolivia for years women were being knocked unconscious with animal tranuilizers and sexually assaulted during the night this included young childrenthe book follows the Mennonite women s meetings to determine whether they should stay in the colony or leave this should be wrenching and gripping and gruesome and disturbing and it is some of those things sometimesbut the continual distraction and detraction from all of that for me was this THIS STORY IS NARRATED BY A MAN the women of Molotschna the colony are illiterate so this story is constructed as the minutes of a meeting which are written by a man a man who continually interjects his stupid male gaze into the stupid narrative and reduced the whole thing the power of these women s story was interrupted by a man who fancies himself in love with them who must randomly consider his own masculinity who cannot shut the fck up for one fcking second about exposed ankles and uncovered hair and fashionably rolled socksthis is a FICTIONALIZED RETELLING and I just cannot think of a reason why the author would have to make the choice to reduce the women s power over their own story in this waybottom line the fact that a book that is shorter than some of my school notebooks managed to get this far under my skin says it all if this book was any visually reminiscent of The Handmaid s Tale it d be called like The Maidservant s Fablethanks to bloomsbury for the ARC