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Magdalene (Dunham series) por Moriah Jovan
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Magdalene (Dunham series) (edição 2011)

por Moriah Jovan, Eric Jepson (Editor), Adam Figueira (Ilustrador)

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Título:Magdalene (Dunham series)
Autores:Moriah Jovan
Outros autores:Eric Jepson (Editor), Adam Figueira (Ilustrador)
Informação:B10 Mediaworx (2011), Kindle Edition
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Magdalene: Book 3 in the Tales of Dunham por Moriah Jovan

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Intrigue and eroticism have often been paired in the Romance genre. In Magdalene, Moriah Jovan converts the couple to a ménage à trois by adding an unexpected bedfellow: “Mormonism.” ( 1 point)

The novel was not written specifically for Latter-day Saints (the detailed doctrinal and procedural explanations would be unnecessary for practicing Mormons), but in the vast cast of characters LDS readers will likely recognize at least one member of their own congregations (such as Prissy, the perspicacious, plus-sized Relief Society instructor). ( 1 point)

The relationship between the former hooker and the bishop gets little development, from the first moment of their immediate and mutually acknowledged attraction: only garden-variety misunderstandings and circular arguments constitute the conflict between the protagonist and her hero. The love scenes and sex consume much of the page count, but they take a back seat to the corporate, religious and family intrigue, making the novel more like General or Women’s Fiction than a Romance. (-1 point)

Portrayal of contemporary realism is heavy-handed: an excess of expletives that lose their emphasis value, and a surfeit of sexual encounters that lose their sensual potential, by the sheer weight of repetition. (Note to self and all contemporary writers, of whatever genre: It doesn’t take long before the four-letter words begin to blur like overlapping graffiti on a ghetto wall, and there’s a point beyond which graphic groping and explicit eroticism morph into a mundane catalogue of body parts. Use them judiciously.) (-1 point)

The story is front-loaded with back-story data-dumping disguised as dialogue, and the denouement is weak. There are a couple of minor inconsistencies in repetitions of a character’s physical description. But the integration of back-story evens out as the plot progresses, and the psychology of most of the characters presents as reasonably plausible most of the time. ( 1 point)

I probably over-analyzed things by finding an extra layer of meaning in the choice of Cassandra for the heroine’s name, and in perceiving the overtones of a “passion-play” in the betrayal of Mitch, the beleaguered bishop, but that’s the fun part of reading: looking for creative use of conventions, and tropes with twists. ( 1 point)

Whatever its warts, the important value of Magdalene lies in seeing Mormons in literature move away from the grossly inaccurate and outdated “evil polygamist” role, as well as out of the cozy-inspirational niche that dominates traditional LDS publishing, into mainstream world culture. Latter-day Saints have been around for almost two hundred years, now, so it’s about time they took their place among the multitude of flawed but ultimately faithful Anglicans and Amish, priests and Puritans, nuns and Nonconformists, monks and Muslims, Buddhists and Biblical protagonists that have populated every genre of fiction. ( 2 points)

(The copy of this book that I read came from a public library.)


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  christineplouvier | Apr 20, 2014 |
Coming from an different sort of Mormon background myself, I was delighted by the unusual characters that Moriah Jovan has developed. Many times I would laugh out loud and say, "That is SO typical!" or at other times be very moved by the devout characters who still managed to love and embrace those not of the faith.

And the rest of it-- story, twists, 100 faceted characters. I could go on and on. This is the first of the Dunham series that I picked up, and it's probably still my favorite (how can you get better than a former prostitute and Mormon bishop making it work?) but I loved the other books too. A must read!! I cannot wait to see Jovan's future work. ( )
  chickey1981 | Dec 28, 2011 |
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