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Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
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Oct 18, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 18 to 20, 2011

I had been disappointed with Miriam Toews most recent book (The Flying Troutmans) so I embarked on this read with lowered expectations and was delighted to find that the author is back on form. I was completely captivated by the character of Irma Voth. Toews has returned to what she writes about best...the effects of living in a family dominated by a bigoted and powerful father. In this case, she sets her action in a Mennonite community in Mexico and weaves into the story a group of filmmakers and the struggles of 2 sisters who are trying to escape the rigours of their family life.

Irma Voth's view of the world is necessarily constrained and her inner dialogue illuminates her despair. Ultimately she is able to use her courage and intelligence to find a new way of living for herself and her sisters, and her journey towards that goal is filled with a rich assortment of characters and situations. Congratulations to Miriam Toews for another wonderful piece of fiction.
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Michael Clements Good review. Although I'm surprised you didn't enjoy "The Flying Troutmans"

Dorothy Me too!

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