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Leaving the Saints by Martha N. Beck
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Sep 08, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: memoirs-and-biographies, religious-theological-philosophical

She's a fun writer--little twists of language and imagery that creates a wonderful voice. She brings up an important topic: child abuse perpetuated by unexpected persons, especially the ostensibly pious. My concern? Unreliable narrator. She stereotypes the Mormon community just as she stereotyped the Harvard community in her previous book --if I remember correctly, almost every Harvard character was intellectually insecure, overly demanding, rather cruel, and a bit out-of-sync with reality. In this book, the Mormons are similarly unreal--all sorts of exaggerations or falsehoods pepper the book. I attended Harvard, and have had extensive association with Mormons, and can say that her perception of each community is exaggerated at best, unreal at worst. I assume that she believes what she is saying--I just have to wonder if her reality exists. Therefore, her other accusations are suspect. .
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Kyla I just wanted to point out that being friends with Mormons and living as a Mormon are very different experiences.


Tamra Great review.

I think you can find in a population exactly what you're looking for. If you want to find open-minded, kind-hearted people, you will. If you want to find jerks who want to ruin your life, you will. Thanks for pointing that out.


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