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The Little Bride por Anna Solomon
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The Little Bride (2011)

por Anna Solomon

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Tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Russian Jewish mail-order bride who finds herself stranded in the prairies of South Dakota married to a man twice her age and falling in love with her nineteen-year-old step-son.
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Título:The Little Bride
Autores:Anna Solomon
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Etiquetas:Jewish women, pioneeer women, mail-order brides, turn of the century

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The Little Bride: A Novel por Anna Solomon (2011)

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This book would have received a rated higher from me except that I just recently read the diary/book by Rachel Calof. The author of Little Bride cites Rachel Calof's story as one of her resources, but to me it felt like she just took that true story and created a fictionalized-soapy version. I did not like any of the characters in this book. I kept comparing Rachel to Minna, the Little Bride, and in no way did Minna compare favorably.
The rich and varied subject/themes of both books deserve to a much better novel. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Every book I've read based on the prairie back in the 1800's has shown what hardships the people endured. The winters were so harsh they would run out of food or the snow was so high the animals froze and they only had tunnels of snow to walk through. Some tied rope between the houses and the barns so they could get through. This family is suffering because they wanted a new life and Max wanted to go it alone and be a farmer even though he didn't know what he was doing. Minna, has lost her parents and is a servant to an abusive woman. Why wouldn't she want something better for herself. She heads to America for a better life as I think a lot of women who have nothing do. When I read the cover of this book I saw several comments about it being a love story. But if it's a love story, shouldn't it have a nice ending. Instead it just ends and in a disappointing way. The descriptions are fantastic, you can hear the snow crack, see the dry and cracked ground. But you also feel for Minna and not be sorry for her at all. You want her to find a better life yet you wish she wouldn't be so selfish. Then again, I wonder if I would do exactly what she did in the same circumstances. It's an enjoyable book and well worth the read. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
I think the beauty with this book was this quietness over it, this stillness and contemplation that what happens happens. Which also makes this one hard book to rate, because even if I liked the story and so on I would rate it one way. But then I look at the writing and the feeling and it has to have a better rating. Because it is just good.

The story is about Minna who is a servant in Odessa, bad times being a Jew there, or anywhere for that matter. So she signs with an agency and becomes a mail order bride. Poor Minna has hopes for a better life and she is not prepared for the harsh life of a farmer's wife. She could have managed but the thing is that her new husband is no farmer. He knows nothing at all and he is very strict orthodox and the farm suffers because of it. Well the hut, the mule, the cow and a little field that makes up the farm. But there is freedom there, freedom to be themselves. And this in a land where there is another people worse off than they are. The story is good, and I liked Minna and her silent suffering. Her husband is a good man, just too good and clueless. Her stepsons are nice too, but there we get the little bit of drama, attraction. Not to mention a winter of suffering as they have no food and it's cold.

The only thing I did not like was the end, it was ok, but that was just it. We got a little insight in what happens in her life. But I was not happy. Still, why should I be, she seemed happy and that is all that matters.

It is a book I recommend, because in the end I have not read a book like this. Yes sure I have read books about pioneers, but not about Jewish pioneers, and rules brings another dimension to this new life. Neither did I know about the am olam movement. And I do like a book that manages to teach me something too.

Conclusion:
In the end, it is the author's voice that I like, and it is a great debut.

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  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
In the opening scene of this book, Minna is undergoing a humiliating physical examination. The reader does not yet know that it is because she is to be a mail order bride. As the story evolves, we learn that Minna's mother abandoned the family and, eventually, her father dies. As a Jewish orphan living in a small town near Odessa, her options are few.

Transported to South Dakota, Minna is to be wed to a religious Jewish man twice her age. Max, or Motke as he prefers to be called, does not have a clue how to farm in this desolate land. His two sons, Minna's teenage stepsons, struggle with their father's obstinate ignorance to survive. Minna struggles to survive in her role as wife and stepmother. She is not always an appealing character, but one cannot help but be empathetic, given her plight.

This is an excellent historical novel illuminating an immigrant experience that is rarely told. ( )
  bookfest | Sep 20, 2012 |
A little disappointed by this interesting concept of a Jewish mail-order bride in the late 1880s sent to South Dakota.
The idea had a lot of potential, and a very underreported premise, I just found her storytelling to be sub-par. Needed more depth and character development; and many were extremely superficial and could have had a much more interesting back story. ( )
  coolmama | Aug 1, 2012 |
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