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More Than Rice Paperback – September 15, 2010
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…More Than Rice was a great read that takes us into the dark world of human trafficking. The story was interesting and compelling and the characters came alive. Its author Pamala Chestnut did a great job exposing this horrific social epidemic through the fictitional story of Gabriela. I had a hard time putting down this book, wanting to know what happened next. When I finished reading it, I was left wanting more. --amazon.com review
Considering the subject, the book is actually pretty clean. There is no profanity. Because sex is obviously going on in the background of the brothel, it might be rated as having heavy sexual content. Yet, as there is almost no sexual dialogue, or description of what is happening it is really moderate. If anything, I would rate the book as having moderate violence, because in a human trafficking situation, these girls are being kept by force and are also forced to be prostitutes. There is some other violence in the book, including a murder that the author seems to justify, which I wasn t so sure about. And in full disclosure, the girls are drugged in the book, but again, it is not described. But, this book gives a glimpse into a really traumatic reality for millions worldwide without making the reader themselves feel traumatized, instead giving us hope. And for that I give Pamala Chestnut kudos. --Average Advocate
…More Than Rice is a journey into the dark underworld of human trafficking. Gabriella, the heroine, finds courage and compassion that she didn't know she possessed while in the tent room barracks. Through the darkness and ugliness of the brothel the young women begin to find their true worth and build friendships, develop skills, and the seeds of hope are planted that one day the will be rescued. I dare not reveal the ending - your will have to read it for yourself! More Than Rice will move you to take action; you can longer sit by and do nothing while 30 million people worldwide are victims of modern day slavery. Read at your own risk! --amazon.com review
About the Author
Pamala Kennedy Chestnut is the author of 5 books...the latest being here novel MORE THAN RICE that shines the light on the horror of human trafficking. Though a novel, the subject matter is dead serious. Pamala is a graduate of Rogers State University in Claremore, OK and has been speaking, teaching, and mentoring women for more than 25 years.
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I wanted to like this book, but ended up completely irritated by it for a number of reasons.
First, the writing is horrendous. It goes from first person to third person narrative, sometimes within the same paragraph, and the grammatical and spelling errors were a complete distraction. I believe it is self-published, and clearly no editor was involved. I'm not overly picky about grammar, but if you're going to sell a book, you should at least be a little up on basic writing mechanics beyond, say, fourth grade. Sorry to sound snarky, but it was quite bad.
Second, this book starts off OK from a plot development standpoint, but goes so far downhill and off the path that the author ends up doing a great disservice to human rights advocates who are truly trying to spread awareness and fight human trafficking. For example, one young girl who is being prostituted ends up being courted by her very kind john, and is then bought and taken to freedom, living happily ever after. Really?! This is not only unrealistic, it encourages the belief that there is hope for trafficked girls if they just meet a nice john or pimp.
Also, the main character falls in love with her captor's son (spoiler alert), who is, incidentally, also one of her captors for most of the book. He professes his love, then the ring is busted and he becomes somewhat of a martyr in jail. In the meantime, the son's mother, also a captor/captive, inherits a huge estate, and the main character ends up living happily ever after in it. Incidentally, the main character is also so beautiful and clever that she is never sexually assaulted ... she is being saved for special purposes. Again, really?!
While I don't doubt the author's passion, I do think this is a poorly written, badly executed book on a very important topic. I do not recommend it. There are many books on the subject that delve into the topic of human trafficking from a more informed, reliable perspective, and do so with skill. Awareness is the key to ending human trafficking, and there is quite a bit to learn, just not from "More than Rice."
Pamala does a wonderful job of not making the novel too graphic. I'd rate it PG-13.
I've heard Pamala say in one of her interviews on Youtube that it's a gentle introduction to trafficking. This is a book that everyone can read and come to understand what trafficking is no matter what age you are.
This is a serious subject. No one wants to believe that people, even children, are sold for sex but they are! I think this is a book a person should read and then buy another and share it with a friend or someone so they too can be educated about human trafficking.
At the end of the novel, Pamala has 3 pages of resources so the readers can take action and DO SOMETHING to stop human trafficking in their community and around the world.
This isn't a novel you put down and forget about. It's a book that angers the reader and inspires them to "take action".
Pamala, you should be so proud of this novel and for every person who is being trafficked today may we pay attention and take action by purchasing this book and sharing the message with others so they too can be empowered to do something to stop the trafficking of millions around the world.
Sad that those things still happen untill even in our modern world with all those people that are so devoted in preventing the human trafficking. But then you have those victims that show exceptional courage and cleverness, because they believe that one day their lives will be back to normal no matter of how poor background you come, coz anything is better then the humiliation as to being forced to give your body to total strange man that only see you as a piece of meat
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