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At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
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May 28, 2008

did not like it
Recommended to Trisha by: book club
Read in May, 2008

I finally finished! It just seems wrong to say that you don't like a Christian book. There's an implication that I feel obligated to dispel. When I began reading this story I thought I liked the simplicity of the characters, their Christian morals and the charm of the small town they lived in. I patiently waited for more depth and purpose and perhaps more twists and turns. There were some turns, but predictable. I prefer stories that I can sink my teeth into with more complex real people. There were a couple of "people of color" woven into this homogenous community. I was disappointed with their descriptions and couldn't quite figure out why they went through the trouble to even acknowledge their "color" it made them even more simple minded. They were trying to convince you that they were a welcome part of the community, yet their descriptions were so superficial using perjorative terms to reinforce their "blackness"...i thought, "are you kidding me?" I've read books set in the early 1900's that i found less offensive than this story that took place in my lifetime. I'm sure the intention was not to offend, but I found it very distracting and hard to ignore...given the fact that the book wasn't holding my attention anyway. Being bored and offended are just not my idea of a good time. I have forgiven myself for not being a fan of this book and I realize finally that it doesn't diminish my Christianity.
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message 1: by Kerry (new)

Kerry I didn't give it much of a chance but I couldn't get into that one either. kerry

Laura Yeah, it's about 200 pages too long, and dang, are there some offensive hum-dingers in this baby... yet I trudge along, waiting for the end.

Katydid Too slow. Boring.

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