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Plain and Simple by Sue Bender
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One of the things I liked least about this book was that despite her apparent fascination about the Amish, I felt like Bender's tone was always a bit superior. She claimed to feel drawn to the simplicity and purpose of the Amish way of life, yet there always seemed to be a sense of, "Only the truly unenlightened would choose such a life." Perhaps since I come from a strong faith community myself I felt myself getting almost defensive about her seemingly voyeuristic stay with the Amish. Plus, after her first stay with an Amish family she seems to judge all Amish by this same family. She seems surprised during her second stay that there are such differences between the two families and communities. Clearly, members of any community are going to have vast differences and still be able to be productive members of their community culture.

I don't know whether this makes much sense...I am sleep-deprived!
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October 28, 2008 – Shelved

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Sarra Martin I agree with your review. I feel that Ms. Bender was a slight bit superior in the way she talked.


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