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Irma Voth

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"Thenicely drawn contrast between what Irma knows and suspects and what the readerunderstands about her world gives Irma Voth asuspenseful charge from the first pages.” —Jane Smiley, Globe and Mail (Toronto)Ina rare coming-of-age novel that blends dark truths with upliftingtransformations, acclaimed author Miriam Toewsdelivers the story of a young Mennonite woman, vulnerab ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Harper (first published 1st 2011)
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Irma Voth - Nevisande : Miriam Toews - ISBN : 307400689 - ISBN13 : 9780307400680 - Dar 272 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2011
jo
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Petra
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-audio
At 19, Irma is ostracized and shunned from her family, living in isolation and despair. Her very strict Mennonite upbringing as a Canadian in Mexico leaves her dependent upon her father, who is the one who imposes the rejection and shunning. Her husband, leaves home for months on end, leaving Irma as alone as anyone can be on this planet: no home, no husband, no family, no friends, no community.
When disaster strikes, Irma knows she must leave, for her own safety. To save her younger sister, Irm
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Steven Buechler
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for book lovers of either gender. Through the story we get into the mind set of a young woman dealing with serious issues and - as the book jacket says, "delves into the complicated factors that set us on the road to self-discovery and show us how we can sometimes find the strength to endure the really hard things that happen. It also asks the most difficult of questions: How do we forgive? And most importantly, how do we forgive ourselves?"

-from page 21
"I stood in my yard and notiec
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Melissa
Aug 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to like this one. I truly did. The description of this novel, by new-to-me author Miriam Toews, sounded so different than anything else I'd read and seemed very intriguing.

Irma Voth is 19, married, and living in a Mennonite community in Mexico. With the exception of her younger sister, Irma is pretty much estranged from her family. A filmmaker arrives in town to make a documentary and hires Irma as a translator. Irma befriends Marijke, an actress in the film and ...well, that wou
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Kirsty
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phd, february-2017
Irma Voth deals with similar themes to the fantastic A Complicated Kindness. Engaging from the beginning, it is an incredibly strong novel, filled with female characters you end up rooting strongly for. There is a darkness to it which hasn't been as prominent in Toews' other work, and there isn't the wry humour here which I have almost come to expect from her novels. Regardless, Irma Voth is incredibly though-provoking, and overarchingly rather sad.
Jennifer
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Petra, Mark
Originally published at Book Browse: https://www.bookbrowse.com/mag/review...

Author Miriam Toews has enjoyed modest success in her home country of Canada. Of Mennonite tradition and hailing from rural Manitoba, many of Toews's novels explore this way of life. She won the 2004 Governor General's Award for Fiction for A Complicated Kindness, and she was awarded the 2008 Writer's Trust Fiction Prize for her novel, The Flying Troutmans. All this to say, Toews has writerly chops.

Irma Voth came about
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Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Mennonite Irma Voth had been kicked out of her home by her father when she fell in love with and married a Mexican man named Jorge. Her father arranged for them to stay in a nearby house, but Jorge was to work for him for free. A year later though, Jorge is tired of Irma and the whole arrangement and leaves. Around the same time, a film crew moves into another house nearby to shoot a movie about Mennonites. Irma's father isn't happy about it, and is especially angry when Irma herself chooses to ...more
Dorothy
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a ...more
Diane
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Miriam Toews' (pronounced "Taves", please) earlier books had a charming quirky humor to lighten the story but not this one. I think she intended the younger adolescent sister Aggie to provide some comic relief but she only screws things up. If you thought Toews portrayed a dour Mennonite existence before you ain't seen nothin' yet. Irma Voth is a nineteen year-old Mennonite girl transplanted from rural Manitoba to rural northern Mexico. Apparently, some ultra-conservative Mennonites started relo ...more
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Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer of Mennonite descent. She grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba and has lived in Montreal and London, before settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Toews studied at the University of Manitoba and the University of King's College in Halifax, and has also worked as a freelance newspaper and radio journalist. Her non-fiction book "Swing Low: A Life" was a memoir of her father, a vi
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“Do you feel that we can rebel against our oppressors without losing our love, our tolerance, and our ability to forgive?” 4 likes
“That to truly know happiness is to know the fleeting nature of everything, joy, pain, safety and happiness itself.” 3 likes
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