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The Great Divorce by Ilyon Woo
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Feb 10, 2011

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The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times by Ilyon Woo(2011 Grove Press) (HQ835N7) is an interesting story in which a little-known 19th-century American religious sect played a major role. The Shaker community is the backdrop against which this morality play takes place; while the strangeness of this community is highlighted, the story unltimately demonstrates that human nature is little changed from that time to ours. My rating: 3/10; DNF. Finished 2/10/11.
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