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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

Review è eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Õ Miriam Toews

Women Talking

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

Miriam Toews Õ 8 Summary

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


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 sta

  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 Perha

  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 angry for the women

  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

  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 20

  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 wo

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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 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

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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 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 inves

  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 a

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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 community were being drugged and raped by 8 of the men the men are arrested and sent to prison in the city While the rest of t