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The Giant Joshua Hardcover – July 31, 1976

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Western Epics; Reprint edition (July 31, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914740172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914740179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in Utah as a non-Mormon. While I was surrounded by the culture of the Mormon church all of my life, I never fully understood it and always felt like an outsider. My parents kept me away from their teachings - wanting me to focus on my own religion instead. A couple of years ago my sister told me about this book. I read it last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me a deeper understanding of the history of the church, the mentality behind polygamy and a more sympathetic view of the situation in general. I did notice, however, while reading this book that if you don't have a basic understanding of the Mormon culture you may not understand everything that is going on as the author doesn't go into a lot of detail about why certain things are happening. Ms. Whipples writing is incredible - very moving and descriptive. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the reality of polygamy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "vialenguas" on February 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whipple's novel is beautifully written and was meticulously researched. The reader gets real insight on Mormon pioneer polygamous life. It's amazing that this is the only novel Whipple ever wrote. She gave all of herself, I feel, to writing it and her finished product is a unique masterpiece. I would especially recommend this book to Mormons. The touchy subject of polygamy-which a new generation of LDS might deny once existed-can really be understood in this novel.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several years ago,while I was living on the East Coast and missing the West. I found Ms. Whipple's descriptions of a vanished way of life - polygamy in the early days of Mormon settlement - and a vanished landscape - the West of the past - honest and sensitively drawn. I recommend it to anyone who seeks to understand the human element in the polygamist culture.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are many accounts of how it was to live a life of Polygamy for the early Mormon Pioneers, but Maureen Whipple's "Giant Joshua" is honest and forthright, without having any goal other than for the reader to understand the sacrifices and sorrows of the women (and men) who were called to settle Sounthern Utah, plus asked to live such a difficult tenent by their Mormon leaders.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By yintercept on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Giant Joshua was first published in 1941. Maureen Whipple grew up in Southern Utah and was able to capture a great deal of the culture, folklore and local color in this rather stinging indictment of polygamy. She has an interesting subject in and interesting area. The book is a little harder to read than today's best sellers...but was worth the struggle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By connie lufkin on March 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Yep, I've been a Mormon-basher for years; I'm also interested in history of the west. This book is wonderful. Whipple isn't preachy and allows someone like me to enjoy and gain insight into the "Mormon way". I took a deep breath after reading Giant Joshua and feel more calm about the culture of Salt Lake. I have more respect for how much early LDSers went through to get where they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Freestone on April 2, 2010
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AWESOME!!!!
wonderful story of the early days of the Mormon church and polygamy
i truly injoyed this book
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