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The Wordy Shipmates (original 2008; edição 2009)
por Sarah Vowell (Autor)
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The Wordy Shipmates por Sarah Vowell (2008)
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This is a very different book than lighthearted Assassination Vacation. In some ways much more opinionated. I should probably say right away that Sarah Vowell tells you she is an atheist in the book. That didn't bother me, but it might bother some people. I would say she is a searching Atheist. She is trying to understand the motives behind why the early settlers (very religious) did what they did, and I think she does an amazing job of revealing the personalities of the people she researches. She doesn't mock religion, but she does point out hypocrisy (in herself, as well). Through her wit and wisdom, these people really came alive for me. She does inject some of her political opinion, and while I didn't always agree, I enjoyed the book. It has left me thinking about my decisions and opinions as a Christian. I learned a lot about the leaders who settled and taught in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas. ( )
Liked the book a lot - felt like I got a much better understanding of early Massachusetts and Rhode Island colonial history. Winthrop, Cotton, Roger Williams, Ann Hutchinson, etc. I felt a little uneasy trusting Vowell since she’s not a “real” historian, and there isn’t the usual trappings of footnotes etc. I hope what I read was more or less accurate. It was a really fun read in any event.
Had a bit of a hard time getting into it, but the Brady Bunch was dropped in at just the right moment to keep me reading. Vowell is strongest when she's tying in pop culture and contemporary events. Enjoyed the dry sarcasm. She's made me think about Anne Hutchinson in a whole new way. Not a strong finish, the book seemed to fizzle out. This was my first Vowell book and I plan to eventually try another. I'm told that this is not her strongest book.
my one problem with this book was this: considering that i could "listen" to sarah vowell all day long, the fact that she included no chapter breaks meant that i looked up from this book to realize that i hadn't gotten out of bed yet, and that the day had driven headlong into what could almost be described as evening. heavy price to pay for a few pages over coffee.
and i suppose that, really, that is no problem at all; except that the lack of chapters also seemed, in this case, to equal a lack of overbearing structure to the tale she was telling; which, like the above "complaint," and the reason why i use the word "overbearing," is really not so bad, either. the tale of the massachusetts bay colony swerves from the sailing of ships from britain to the iraq war to the protestant reformation to roger williams back to the founding of the massachusetts bay colony. and back to the iraq war. and then on from there. and back, and on.
i guess i am trying to say that i really enjoyed this book, and its historical nerdiness, and all that ms. vowell does in the name of history and nerds and nerdy historians and historical nerds. i recommend it to everyone and their moms (as all the people who are buying it in our store seem to be buying it for their moms).
Not as witty as her other books, but still informative. It's another reminder that people have been crazy since the dawn of time. Especially in politics.
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Maybe there's something to be said for learning about the pilgrims, after all—especially from an instructor as entertaining as Vowell.
As always with Vowell, her commentary is apt and frequently, startlingly
insightful. I would suggest that this book might well be used as
a sort of introductory text to the ideas of the Puritans particularly for
undergraduates. Because she engages so cleverly with popular culture,
it may help provide a successful approach to the dense and highly
intellectualized writing of this group of Puritans. For the nonspecialist
in this period, the book could serve as a reminder of what continues to
be so fascinating about the ideas of the New England Puritans of the
seventeenth century and the impact their thought continues to have in
Sarah Vowell is a problem. She’s a problem like Sarah Palin, Cyndi Lauper and Kathy Griffin. She’s annoying. Or, really, she’s double-annoying, because she styles herself as annoying — provocative-annoying — and if you become annoyed by her you seem to be conceding the point. She’s gotten to you.
Take “The Wordy Shipmates,” her fifth book. Vowell has integrated her sarcasm, flat indie-girl affect and kitsch worship — refined in print and on public radio — into a pop history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Known for her adenoid-helium voice, Vowell is a genial talker but an undisciplined writer. This new book mixes jiggers of various weak liquors — paraphrase, topical one-liners, blogger tics — and ends up tasting kind of festive but bad, like Long Island iced tea.
Drawing on letters, essays, and sermons, Vowell offers a penetrating look at the tensions between John Winthrop, John Cotton, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and others as they argued about the role of religion in government and everyday life. They saw themselves as God's chosen people, a credo that set the tone for American history and notions of manifest destiny that have led to all manner of imposition on other lands and cultures. But they also vehemently debated separation of church and state and founded Harvard, even as they pondered the destiny of what Winthrop referred to as the "shining city on the hill "A book dense with detail, insight, and humor.
At times dense, at times silly, at times surpassingly wise.
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From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Assassination Vacation" comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities. To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but author Vowell investigates what that means--and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance.--From publisher description.
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