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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 Hers to Protect 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 Her Small-Town Hero 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 Red Tail (Travis Trilogy year is to read the books by her that I have not Promises in Tumble Creek 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

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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 Marriage by Deception 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 A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House yourself Do

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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. 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 Mennonite colony in Bolivia named the Manitoba Colony after the province in Canada from which the colonists had emigrated in the mid 1900 s hundreds of girls and women would wake up in the morning feeling drowsy and in pain their bodies bruised and bleeding having been attacked in the night The attacks were attributed to ghosts and demons Some members of the community felt the women were being made to suffer by God or Satan as punishment for their sins many accused the women of lying for attention or to cover up adultery still others believed everything was the result of wild female imagination See the links to some news stories I have posted at the end That this novel is based on a true story makes this such a horrific and powerful story as we listen to the women talk to each other about their options and to the only man left at the colony August a teacher who takes minutes for them since these women have never been allowed to read or write The rest of the men have gone to bail out the rapists who were taken into police custody for their safety the safety of the men not the women Meanwhile these women struggle with what to do to keep their daughters safe The discussions are difficult philosophical religious practical and heartbreaking as they recount their experiences Should they do nothing Should they stay and fight Should they leave The middle of the book felt a little slow but then I thought that these discussions seemed realistic it was not an easy decision to make While this was their story I was moved by August s connection to them This is one of those books that was so impactful and definitely a powerful telling of the awful things that happened to many of the women in the real sect I woke up thinking about these women wanting to know what happened after the ending Kudos to Miriam Toews for not forgetting these women Thanks as always to Esil and Diane for our monthly read together A terrific discussion I received an advanced copy of this book from Bloomsbury through NetGalley Articles on the events this was based on


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 so I could judge what Toews has accomplished by writing this book uite frankly this book made me so

  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 ridiculous if it were never fictionalized but I just couldn't for so many little basica

  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 Mennonite colon

  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 h

  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 re

  8. says:

    In 2011 eight men belonging to th

  9. says:

    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

  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

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