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Miriam Toews

Autor(a) de A Complicated Kindness

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

Obras por Miriam Toews

A Complicated Kindness (2004) 2,265 exemplares
Women Talking (2018) 1,340 exemplares
All My Puny Sorrows (2014) 1,276 exemplares
The Flying Troutmans (2008) 907 exemplares
Fight Night (2021) 467 exemplares
Irma Voth (2011) 422 exemplares
A Boy of Good Breeding (1998) 306 exemplares
Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996) 249 exemplares
Swing Low: A Life (2000) 199 exemplares
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

Associated Works

McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuidor — 334 exemplares
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
McSweeney's Issue 48 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2014) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Granta 137: Followers (2016) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Granta 144: Generic Love Story (2018) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing (2007) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Toews, Miriam
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Locais de residência
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
University of Manitoba
University of King's College
Prémios e menções honrosas
Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award (2010)
Carolyn Swayze (Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency)

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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.



BooksInMirror | 64 outras críticas | 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.… (mais)
baughga | 60 outras críticas | 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 | 60 outras críticas | Jan 30, 2024 |
Women Talking, Miriam Toews, author, Mathew Edison, narrator
This novel is based on a real-life story about the abuse of women. It occurred between 2005-2009, and there are some that believe the abuse might still be occurring. It took place in the small Mennonite Molotshna community, in a remote area of Bolivia. The members of the community do not know how to read or write. This novel expands the story about the women, the attacks on them, and their eventual response to it. Almost every woman and child in that community had suffered at the hands of a man in the community. When the women realized that although they had been told they were attacked by ghosts and spirits, or were being punished for their bad behavior, they had really been drugged by an anesthetic used on animals, and then brutalized and raped, some sought vengeance. After one of the rapists was attacked and another murdered, the men responsible were arrested and taken away for their own safety.
The women were given two days to vote, by signing an “X” beneath a descriptive picture. They had three choices. They may leave the community, stay and fight, or forgive the men and continue to be subjected to their power over them. Forgiveness and passivity are cornerstones of their religion. The women believed if they left the community and were excommunicated, they would not go to heaven.
Unable to read or write, how would they survive? A small group, pretending to be sewing quilts, met secretly in the hayloft of a member of the community. They discussed their options. August Epp, the newly hired boy’s teacher, is asked by Ona to take the minutes of their meetings. He is the voice of their story. When he was 12 years-old, his own parents had been excommunicated. He understands the problems they are facing. Fragile and emotional, he is a man who was ridiculed by other men. However, he is in love with Ona, his childhood friend. She is now pregnant, a victim of the nighttime rapes.
As the women spoke, the crimes against them were revealed, their suffering and the painful consequences of the abuse was revealed, in different ways, by each of them, with the physical and mental after effects. Still, they must unite and make a decision to stay or leave the community and go off into an unknown future. They had grappled with the idea of remaining helpless or of trying to find freedom. They talked about equal opportunity, protecting their children, sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, abortion, rape, faith, freedom and what constitutes it, forgiveness vs vengeance, passivism vs violence, family dynamics, the very existence of G-d, of hope and survival. Would they survive?
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thewanderingjew | 60 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |


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