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 more 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 their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.While 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 womenall illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live inhave very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world theyve ever known or should they dare to escape?Based on real events and told through the minutes of the womens all-female symposium, Toewss masterful novel uses wry, politically ...
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Women Talking Reviews
Earnest puts his head on her shoulder and she smooths his wild, white hair. He asks if the women are devils.
No, says Agata, we are your friends.
He asks if the women are plotting to burn down his barn.
No, Ernie, says Agata, there's no plot, we're only women talking.
As author Miriam Toews explains in a brief foreward, Women Talking is based on real events: Between 2005 and 2009, the women and girls in a Bolivian Mennonite colony were waking up in the morning, sore and bleeding, suffering the aft ...more
Somewhere between 3-3.5
So much promise here - Toews presents a fictional retelling of the rape of over 100 Mennonite girls and women in a remote community in Bolivia - yet it doesn't quite live up to what it perhaps could have been. I think the choice to use a male narrator was an error, but I kind of get why it was chosen (as most if not all of the women in this community are unable to read or write). I will say that I've never read anything quite like this - the book is literally just a handfu ...more
Powerful and heart wrenching. Women Talking comes out August 21 and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I don't know how this book got published.
A 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, everything.
The entire book is spelled out in the description. Eight Mennonite women discover that themselves, along with 100+ other women and children in their community, have been drugged and raped by the community men over the course of two years.
These eight women gather secretly to discuss w ...more
I wish I had a heart for the world like the one Miriam Toews has for her characters. She even loves the bad 'uns. Sometimes she even finds them funny.
What seemed like a fascinating premise, turned out to be a poorly written, fluff filled short story. Incredibly boring essay that was dragged out into a novel. Too bad - this could have been such an awesome story.
The premise of this book is probably one of the most fascinating I have encountered all year – think, The Handmaid's Tale, combined with the violence of Westworld and the claustrophobia of Dogville (2003).
The story takes place in an ultra-conservative Mennonite community in Bolivia. Over the course of five years – from 2005 to 2009 – numerous women have reported waking up in the morning, feeling groggy, bruised, disheveled and often bleeding. They are told by community elders that they are like ...more
I received a free copy of this book from PenguinRandomHouse Canada for an honest review. I have read other books by this Canadian author so I was excited to read this. This is a fictional account of true events that happened to women and children in a Mennonite community in Bolivia. It was horrifying to read that the women and children had been drugged and repeatedly raped over time by the men in their community. The story is a discussion the women are having as to whether they should leave, do ...more