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Miriam Toews

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Miriam Toews was born in 1964 in Canada. She is best known for her novels A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for body of work. She is also a two-time visa mer finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a two-time winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Toews had a leading role in the feature film Silent Light, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker, Carlos Reygadas and winner of the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize, an experience that influenced her fifth novel, Irma Voth. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Verk av Miriam Toews

A Complicated Kindness (2004) 2,265 exemplar
Women Talking (2018) 1,344 exemplar
All My Puny Sorrows (2014) 1,276 exemplar
The Flying Troutmans (2008) 907 exemplar
Fight Night (2021) 470 exemplar
Irma Voth (2011) 422 exemplar
A Boy of Good Breeding (1998) 306 exemplar
Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996) 249 exemplar
Swing Low: A Life (2000) 199 exemplar
The Misstep 1 exemplar
Short story [2007] 1 exemplar
Nachtgevechten roman (2023) 1 exemplar
Ce que combattre veut dire (2023) 1 exemplar
Que no s'apagui la flama (2023) 1 exemplar
Notte di battaglia (2022) 1 exemplar

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Toews, Miriam
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
University of Manitoba
University of King's College
Priser och utmärkelser
Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award (2010)
Carolyn Swayze (Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency)
Kort biografi
Miriam Toews, geboren 1964 in Steinbach/Manitoba, ist eine der wichtigsten kanadischen Gegenwartsautorinnen. Sie studierte Filmwissenschaften und Journalismus und arbeitete für Presse und Rundfunk. Mit ihrem Roman Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe, ausgezeichnet mit dem Governor General's Award for Fiction, wurde sie international bekannt. Für Die fliegenden Trautmans erhielt sie unter anderem den Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Bei Hoffmann und Campe erschien 2018 ihr Roman Die Aussprache. Sie lebt in Toronto.



I finished Women Talking. It’s about isolated Mennonite women in Bolivia who are preyed upon and raped repeatedly by men from their compound. It happened in the middle of the night and the women are drugged. They are later told it was ghosts and/or devils. The women are illiterate, have no knowledge of their surroundings and do not speak the language of the country they are in. They spend two days discussing whether to stay or leave their cult. The book is narrated by a man who is taking notes of the women talking. To me having him narrate just complicates things. The book is well written but lacks something in my opinion.… (mer)
dianeham | 61 andra recensioner | Feb 26, 2024 |
BooksInMirror | 64 andra recensioner | Feb 19, 2024 |
The story opens after women and children have been raped during the night for several years by a group of the men in this Mennonite community. The women are talking in a hay loft to decide whether they should stay and fight for their rights in this community or leave. Most of the men are gone into town trying to bail the sexual predators out of jail. August Epp the son of two banned parents is asked to make notes about the proceeding. The women in this community can neither read or write and are expected to do as the men say at all times. Men become members at the age of 15, but women are not eligible. The title is very apt as all that happens in this book is women talking in this extreme patriarchy. It is not a bit funny or humorous.… (mer)
baughga | 61 andra recensioner | Feb 19, 2024 |
Women Talking is inspired from the tragic story of the abuse suffered by women of a socially isolated Mennonite colony in Bolivia. It is an imagination of the discussion that some of the victims may have had about their future after their abusers were arrested and all the men of the colony had accompanied them to post their bail, leaving women, the victims, alone.

Women Talking is a heavily dialogue-driven novel, yet it doesn't overwhelm the reader at any point. The story focuses on 8 women representing 2 different families discussing a matter of great importance, and the flow of their conversation perfectly balances the revelation of each character's personality, their stance on the matter, their feelings towards their colony, and their unique traits. Much of the information about the colony and its residents is revealed through the dialogue between the women, while the remaining contextual gaps are filled by the narrator of the story, who has been tasked with taking the minutes of the meeting.

Women Talking discusses how different the idea of freedom is for every individual, and how it is truly shaped by one's experiences. It also acts as an inspiration for lazy people like this reviewer, to arrive at decisions and to act on those decisions as quickly as possible. The prose takes a 180 degree turn as the book reaches for a conclusion from the narrator's POV, which takes some effort to grasp, considering how smooth the rest of the reading experience is, but it perfectly encapsulates the dreamy state of the narrator as he looks to find meaning in his own life by drawing inspiration from the book's events. All in all, Women Talking is a great example of world building purely through dialogue, and doesn't let the reader zone out at any point.
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shadabejaz | 61 andra recensioner | Jan 30, 2024 |


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