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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 revie

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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 fr

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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 children were drugged and raped by male members of their sect The youngest was three a great part of what made me so angry

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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

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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

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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

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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 spell

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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 20

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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 group of men in their community Women Talking imagines a two day conversation amongst the women as they decide

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    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 contact with the outside world When it's discovered that the women of the communit

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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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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. 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 religiophilosophical analysis instead of a feminist novelization of a true story There are some echoes of Plato in here to be sure Readers familiar with Socratic discussions will recognize the repetitive circles of conversation as the women discuss what is the best and most moral decision in the eyes of godPretty much everything that happens can be gathered from the title and description I was intrigued and horrified to hear that this is based on a true story of a Mennonite colony in Bolivia Over several years hundreds of women and girls were drugged and raped in their beds by ghosts or demons These supernatural creatures were eventually discovered to be men of the colony Bringing attention to this horrendous crime is arguably the book s strongest point In this book women talk Yes I m being a little facetious but it s an accurate description of almost the entire book This isn t a problem in itself It s just that these discussions among the Mennonite women about whether they should leave the colony or stay and fight are bloodless unbelievably rational given the circumstances and concerned almost solely with religion and analyzing what their religion wants them to doThey sit around sharing cigarettes and drinking instant coffee and weigh the pros and cons of leaving and argue about various interpretations of what their religion would ask of them I ve never heard sexual abuse approached in such a cold and emotionless wayI also don t understand why this supposedly feminist story was given to a male narrator I ve seen some others argue that it is because the book is framed as meeting minutes which must be kept by August Epp because the women are illiterate This might make sense in theory but I have no idea why the author decided to use meeting minutes at all when this book is written in a style unlike any meeting minutes I have ever seen in my life It doesn t read like meeting minutes it reads like a regular first person narration from a man s point of view An odd choiceI think this might be a book for readers who enjoy lengthy discussions about how to correctly apply religious doctrineBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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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 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 the men are away the women will play with one man allowed to play tooEight women meet secretly barn style group emergency chat gathering What the f k solution can they agree upon that will protect them in the future A couple of the women are pregnant already greetings daddy and several daughters were also RAPED The word violated is just not BIG ENOUGH The year was 2011 when the two day talk a thon took place The RAPES took place in the years 2005 2006 Over 100 women were RAPED I wonder how many times I need to write the word RAPE before the devastating REALITY syncs into every cell of our HEARING THIS And what s the plan to STOP IT NOTE this might sound trite when talking about RAPE not intended but Geeeeee we each know how hard it is to make changes in our OWN LIVESWe are FAMILIAR with our crappy problems to change them FOR THE BETTER is one of the hardest things a human being does FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT People resist change Change creates upset it s frightening THINKING about change talking about it is a start but even for THE MOST INDEPENDENT POWERHOUSE women today who believes in civil rights justice their life working has STRUGGLES CHANGINGtheir environment diet and habits etc Yet these 8 women whom have ONLY KNOWN this lifestyle are expected to clap their hands over a solid solutionGood luckThese are RELIGIOUS women Their thought reasoning is specific God their faith is a strong force They haven t been raised to think freelyThe women couldn t read or write of course Welcome to their religious community Wow even in the year 2011 That type of organized religion is one I wouldn t wish for my worse enemy THIS IS NOT the 1600 s Who knew that in the years 2000 illiterate was desired in ANY community religious or otherwiseIt s Religious brainwash if the women felt not reading was being faithful to their God August Ebb was the only man also a part of the 2 day talk a thon He was the minutes note taking guy The women trusted August to have their best interest at heart HoweverGod forbid the eight women could trust their own voices together without the need of a MAN for help Yep fitting It s the community the Mennonite women knew Men were always granted power than womenSo why would this women s talking gathering be any different See the problem about solution solving What if the rapists are released on bail and return to the colony and find that there are no girls and women here and begin to use these boys the 13 and 14 year olds as targets for their attackOne of the females Mejal chimes in Surely we can t be afraid of boys this age Why couldn t they join usOna another woman speaks August you re the boys teacher What is your feeling about this Do your boys at this age pose a threat to our girls and women August must stop his transcribing in order to properly answer her uestion I m simply not capable of containing my happiness and surprise at being asked a uestion by Ona formulating my answer communicating it in Low German and translating it instantly in my mind to English while almost simultaneously writing in English translation on paper August s answer Ha teasing don t expect me to give you spoilers However his answer is in two parts YetNO ANSWER is clear cut and dry when it comes to looking at religious beliefs forgiveness repenting education sinners heaven and hell The women in the community talked talked discussingarguinglaughing at times debated ultimately about how to take their lives back after these horrific RAPESBased on a real life eventDystopian Fiction written in a uniue formatvery visual to imagineMiriam Toews took a god awful terrifying subject made it personal offering readers the possibility for our own added interactive discussionsPerfect book club pick Thank You Bloomsbury Publishing Netgalley and Miriam Toews