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Women Talking 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 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 Women All Illiterate, Without Any Knowledge Of The World Outside Their Community And Unable Even To Speak The Language Of The Country 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 Escape Based 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.

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 book.Perhaps Women Talking works better if you go into it expecting a religiophilosophical analysis, instead of a feminist

  2. says:

    This is, without a single doubt, the most important book I have read all year.The women have three options they can choose from, but they can choose only one 1 Do nothing.2 Stay and fight.3 Leave But perhaps one is enough Perhaps that one option can open multiple other possibilities If the women arrive to a conclusion, that is.Already from the straight forward tit

  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 Quite 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

  4. 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 b

  5. says:

    the fact that this two hundred page book took me 2 weeks to read is basically a review in and of itself.I 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 a

  6. says:

    The women in this book have been dealt a hand of crappy cards AND I MEAN CRAPPY The 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 men Ha So..while the men are away, the women will play with one man allowed

  7. says:

    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 th

  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 sedate animals during medical procedures Despite long custodial sentences for the

  9. 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 the community were being drugged and raped by 8 of the men, the men are arrested and sent to prison i

  10. 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 amongst the women as they decide whether to stay or leave their community The book is very short, but there is

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