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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

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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

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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. 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


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 R

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

  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 ridicul

  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

  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 secretly

  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 book is spelled out in the description Eight Mennonite women discover that themselves along wi

  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 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 seda

  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 ba

  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

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