The stifling, reclusive life of nineteen-year-old Irma Voth, recently married, and more recently deserted is turned on its head when a film crew moves in to make a movie about the strict religious community, in which she lives.
When she clashes with her domineering father over her work as a translator for the crew, Irma is set on a path towards something that feels like freedom.
Along with her younger sister Aggie, wise beyond her teenage years, she hits the road and flees to the city.
Upheld only by their love for each other and their smart wit, the sisters finally gain the distance to understand the tragedy that has their family in its grip. "Irma Voth" delves into the complicated factors that set us on the road to self-discovery and how we can sometimes find the strength to endure the really hard things that happen.
It also asks that most difficult of questions: How do we forgive? And most importantly, how do we forgive ourselves?.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/04/2012
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571273560
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Review by Britt84
I was rather disappointed by this novel. It sounded like an interesting story, but really didn't live up to my expectations. I found it hard to really get into it, it never really spoke to me.One of the things that I foud disappointing was the fact that the lives and ideas of the mennonite community really aren't given any consideration, Toews stays on the surface without really going into what their culture and religion really mean. It leaves us with a view of people wearing old-fashioned clothes and abusive patriarchs without ever touching upon the reasons behind this lifestyle, and without trying to understand this community. It gives you the feeling of really being an outsider, which I guess might be intentional, but for me it just meant that I didn't really feel connected to the people in the novel.I think it would have been much more interesting if Toews would have given a more indepth view, if she would have made us more familiar with this culture.All in all I think the story has potential, and the setting and plot are interesting, but Toews fails to work it out and fails to really speak to me.