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Did the religous guys really ban this?!,
This review is from: Lives of Girls and Women: A Novel (Paperback)
I think I saw on youtube, that some religious schools banned this novel. Man those guys are easily offended! I think actually this novel is quite innocent. I mean it's just a little girl who honestly seek some answers to her existential questions in the established religions in her town. Then when she grows a little older she naturally becomes interested in the question of sex, and explore that. What could be more natural and innocent?! I think Alice Munro's voice is charming and entertaining. Especially the part where her school performs an operetta is catching and memorable.
There is a very strong scene in the end of the novel, which actually the whole of the novel centers around. This scene takes place in the Wawanash river when Del Jordan is bathing with her truck driver boyfriend Garnet French. In my opinion Alice Munro in that scene carves out an eternal and everlasting moment in the history of litterature. To me the scene is perhaps not so much about religion specifically, but more about human society in general.
As with some great artists, there is something superior and untouchable about Alice Munro. For a rather plain person like me, this strange stuff, is a source of recurrent intellectual itchiness, because I will properly never be able to touch it, define it and put it in a box.
Is the books Ontario town, Jubilee, perhaps inspired by her experiences in the Ontario town, Wingham?
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2012 10:24:34 AM PDT
James W. Hartway says:
Excellent review (I would give the book 4 stars, though), and I agree with your comment on the "baptizing" scene: It's not about religion at all, but more about the male/female role expectations that people try to force on each other, often without even realizing they are doing it. I also liked your comment about the intellectual "itchiness" Munro's writing gives you, and I say great! That is exactly what a great book should do to a reader...challenge them intellectually. And yes, I have read that the book and town were inspired by Munro's own early life.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 6:10:31 AM PDT
Rune Rindel Hansen says:
Thank you for the comment, Mr. James W. Hartway, yeah I am a bit of a tough reviewer, 4 starts would possible be OK for this book, which was quite touching actually.
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