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Irma Voth, by Miriam Toews

invaderlinz's review

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emotional funny hopeful mysterious sad tense medium-paced

4.0

janeschmidtreads's review against another edition

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Exercised our book-club rule where if you got through the first 25 pages and honestly didn't want to finish, you aren't obliged.

gilbertsmom's review

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adventurous emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

crabbygirl's review against another edition

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1.0

didn't like it. I've read 3 other books by her and really enjoyed them, but this one was disjointed and (unnecessarily) dark and depressing. plus she uses ugly language in reference to a baby which I cannot relate to at all. lastly, the three sisters somehow land on their feet all due to a nice couple that takes them into their B&B - with a maid job for the oldest, tons of free time for the 13 yo to go school and get a boyfriend, and free babysitting at a moment's notice for the infant.

wordnerdy's review against another edition

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4.0

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kknoll05's review

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adventurous challenging informative inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

adabubba's review

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challenging emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I am once again astonished by Miriam Toews ability to craft a story full of characters as far removed from myself as can be, yet whose thoughts and feelings and sins and pains grapple my heart the way they do.

Irma Voth is an astonishing tale about freedom. What does it mean and how do we seek it? I found myself gripped by the twist of the story and its people, and even now, after have just finished reading it, I ache to discover it again and experience it anew.

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pia_h's review

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challenging fast-paced
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medievaljenga's review against another edition

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mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

an_enthusiastic_reader's review

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4.0

More people should read this novel about a young woman, Irma, and the complications of her life as a Mennonite in exile in Mexico. She's constrained by her father and then a husband, but when a film crew arrives in the village to make a crazy avant garde movie, her involvement in the filming changes her life. It is simply written, yet full of emotion and intellect. Recommended. I will be reading more Miriam Toews.