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I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale
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Oct 16, 2013

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Read from July 06 to 07, 2011

I really like this book, it was easy to read and don't took a lot of time. It remind me of two communities near the town I lived in my childhood in Chihuahua, Mexico, they are called "menonitas" (Amish) and I don't know much about their religion but I remember that they couldn't watch T.V. or listen the radio, the men at very young age do the work in the fields and the women and girls do all the housework including the cooking. I also remember their women dressed like in this book, like I said they were two different communities and have passed 20 years since my childhood and one of the communities has accepted technology and changed their manners and ways to dress to merge with the rest of the people, and the other community the last thing I knew was that they wanted to keep their manners and way to live.
Well this book remind me of them, and about religion of the cults we hear about in the news that are fanatics and do extreme things "in the name of God", I consider myself a tolerant person, I respect all religions, but for me all extremes are bad, "ni muy muy, ni tan tan" like we say in Spanish :).
I like the characters, Kirby is strong character with flaws we can relate, Daniel is also strong, they both had an internal war about what to think and what to do, so this book can be read for both men and women. The end was predictable, but I really wanted to be like it was...

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