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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 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 These women were expected to forgive their rapists and just carry on as if nothing had occurred There is to this but that is all I m saying about the men Toews from a Mennonite background much like these women decided to give them the voice they probably did not actually have Or maybe they did I don t know that So a group of women get together to decide whether they are going to leave the colony or stay The only man present August trusted has is own back story a very interesting one It is while they talk that we learn of their lives in the colony where they are so little valued that they are not taught to read or write not allowed to express their likes or dislikes completely powerless Another huge source of my anger In a short amount of pages Toews accomplishes much provides insights and shows the remarkable courage of these women uite a revelation and accomplishment both Not a thrill a minute there is some repetition as the women talk through their beliefs their options and how their decisions will be accomplished Yet much is said much is learned Toews is an excellent author and one of my goals this year is to read the books by her that I have not yet read This was Angela esils and mine monthly read We all agreed on this oneThis is a link to an article I found on why Toews wrote this book uite informativehttpswwwtheguardiancombooks201ARC from Netgalley The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination these women and The Girl in the Glass Tower the night by demons coming The Great Divide to punish The Lady and the Peacock them for Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith their sins Now The Real Deal that The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories to stop And The Winter of the Lions think for a little The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 than a day on what my rating of The Not So Invisible Woman this would be had The Boss this book uite frankly Captain Greys Lady this book made me so angry for The Handmaidens the women in My Bossy Dolly this Mennonite enclosed colony in Bolivia Between 2005 and 2009 over 100 women and children were drugged and raped by male members of Maternal Justice their sect The youngest was The Ascent of Rum Doodle three a great part of what made me so angry These women were expected A Bachelors Baby to forgive The Carpenters Daughter their rapists and just carry on as if nothing had occurred There is A Talent for Surrender to Stepbrother Dearest that is all I m saying about Mystery in Spiderville the men Toews from a Mennonite background much like Spring these women decided Unknown (Anders Knutas, to give A time for being human them Stanley and the Women the voice The Gene they probably did not actually have Or maybe The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, they did I don Seasons of Splendour t know Stage Mum that So a group of women get A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife together The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships to decide whether Salvage they are going Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, to leave Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle trusted has is own back story a very interesting one It is while Broken Horse (Saddle Club, they Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible talk Will in the World that we learn of How Baking Works the colony where The Summer House that The Seance they are not Crap Crimes taught Horse Tale (Saddle Club, to read or write not allowed The Best of Daughters to express Unclaimed Experience their likes or dislikes completely powerless Another huge source of my anger In a short amount of pages Toews accomplishes much provides insights and shows Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) these women uite a revelation and accomplishment both Not a The Inbetweeners Scriptbook thrill a minute Out of Breath (Breathing, there is some repetition as A Profound Secret the women Moby-Dick talk The Double Silence through Enemies of Promise their beliefs Behind Bars their decisions will be accomplished Yet much is said much is learned Toews is an excellent author and one of my goals Walking For Fitness this year is Naked. 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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 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

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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. 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 whether to stay or leave their community The book is very short but there is so much to the narrative that it defies easy description or critiue but here is a list of thoughts and reactions in no particular order The story is narrated by August who sits in on the women s conversation for the purpose of taking minutes because none of the women is able to read or write August infuses much of his own history and his own thoughts into the narrative His point of view and personality add a lot to the texture of the story The women s conversation is varied in the way real women interact they move seamlessly between painful recollections philosophical debates religious scripture bickering teasing and tenderness Through their conversation we get a glimpse into the unusual and vulnerable lives these women have led it s hard to imagine living without knowing how to read without knowing anything about the world beyond your small community and feeling that your community will not protect you from this type of aggression It s hard not to feel claustrophobic The end is beautiful I would have loved to know what happens to these women after they make their decision At times I found it hard to keep track of the different women although Ona who was August s childhood friend is a real standout Despite the difficult topic there were a few delightful touches of humour At times especially in the middle the narrative felt repetitive Mind you many conversations involving a group of people trying to make a decision are repetitiveThe bottom line is that despite its flaws Women Talking is well worth reading It is rich and potent I am especially grateful to have read this one as a buddy read with Angela and Diane


10 thoughts on “Women Talking

  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 religiophilosophical analysis instead of a feminist novelization of a true story There are some echoes of Plato in here to be sure

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 ridiculo

  5. says:

    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 drugged in the middle of the night I would have found this hard to imagine if not for this opening sentence of a note by the author before the book begins “Between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennoni

  6. says:

    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 se

  7. says:

    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 b

  8. says:

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

  9. says:

    4 starsWomen Talking is not perfect but it is very powerful and well worth reading Miriam Toews announces at th

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

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