Tucson, AZ, United States
First, I would like to address so many of the previous reviews, who seem to be slaving away under the chains of delusion that make them think this is a work of "Christian Fiction". Just because it is about biblical figures, does not make it Christian Fiction. Christians do not own the bible, and especially don't own the Pentatuch. If one only wants to read Christian fiction and not be "disgusted and polluted" by other cultures, ideas, and ways of life and thinking, then do a little more research about the books you buy and about the authors who write them.
The author is Jewish, and the people she writes about are pagans who are struggling with trying to put on the coat of monotheism. They are converts! This book is Midrash.
Midrash is a way of dealing with biblical stories that goes beyond a simple boiling down of rabbinical legalism. It is an accepted and valuable way of interpereting scripture that keeps the text alive and fresh, and offers possible solutions for massive gaps left in biblical narration. It goes on every time a Jew studies and discusses the Torah, and forms a prayerful opinion of what the underlying meaning of a holy text may hold.
Many Jewish and even Muslim traditions, as well as some Progressive Christian traditions encourage this kind of discussion, supposition and reflection. They seek to learn what God really desires from his creation, and celebrate the reality of the gift of free will and free thought. When you close a religious Cannon what you get is a rotten corpse.
This book does have some very frank references to the human condition, especially where women are concerned. Personally I found them rather clinical, and in no way see how they could be confused with pornography. This is an adult book, but perhaps a mature and well-guided 16 year-old could process this material, but again, only with the proper guidance.
I can see how this book could be considered dangerous and confusing to people who have taken on the yoke of fundamentalist religion of any denomination. Those people might worry that a book like this could damage a fragile,weak, or flawed hold on fundamentalist "faith", especially by new converts or those prone to independant thinking and study.
A compass only points to "N" when the person who is holding it faces true north.
This may be a work of fiction, but it reads like a lot of the non-fiction/memior material that has been written by Arab women in the last 25 years. Enjoy it for the accurate cultural voyeurism it offers, respect it for the truth it tells.
A beautiful book that keeps you guessing until the end. Family, food, and loyalty combine into unexpected possibilities.
A very poor, offensive attempt at a basic Navajo language primer. Many words are not even in use in the Navajo language, and some words deal with alcoholic beverages, which are illegal on the Navajo homeland. Should be removed from audible.
If you are from the borderlands or have spent an time here, you will be nodding your head with familiarity from the first chapter. Wicked, fun, sad, and thought provoking. Be sure to see the movie as well.
Barara is a time-tested expert who knows her stuff. This is fiction that has the credibility of a scienific journal. Come for the fiction, stay for the truth!
Very bad edting made this a jarring read. Bits were cut off and the narraor read so fast I had to slow the replay to be able to tolerate lisening. The author does not know her botanical subject matter, and this part of the book is rife with error. There is also a marked underone of lack of respect for some of her subjects that in the end does her discredit, not the other way around. I don't think she cared about this book or the people she used , it was just a job, it could have been so much more.
As an avocational horticulturalist, I was shocked at the levels that the "professionals" will stoop to for glory and the almighty buck. If you love orchids, and nature in general, this book will make you sad, angry, and disgusted. Read it anyway, and bocott the scoundrels. Do your research and know where your money is going if you are an orchidist.
This book is an important and accurate depiction of a much-neglected historical cross-section of a large part of the world. This book neither preaches nor panders, it simply states what happened and when, in a convivial manner. The author is willing to question events that may or may not have actually happened as legend would have us believe. He is true to the spirit of his subject matter, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about current world political and cultural dynamics.
Not too bad if you just want a quick and dirty review of the basics.Remember, this is European Spanish, not Spanish as it is generally spoken in The Americas. Anyone could benefit from the basic vocabulary and grammar, as long as one remembers that local dialects and customs will vary.
Despite the sketchy reviews, I decided to buy this book, since I am interested in the subject matter. There is precious little verifiable information about The Baron, he was one of those crazy historical figures that inspired much speculation and many stories. If one views this book as an interesting account of the possible adventures of a minor historical figure, one still might enjoy the work. Not the best narrator in the world, but the recording quality is fine. All in all, decent entertainment for those folks interested in Russia and Central Asia. Caveat, some Buddhists might find the way the author deals with Buddhism a little patronizing.
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