I found this account much more interesting that Krakauer's story about climbing Mt. Everest (Into Thin Air). I could hardly put it down, and plan to listen to it again very soon.
Krakauer takes a murder from 1984, along with the recent abduction of Elizabeth Smart, and weaves within it, an historical account of the Morman movement. I disagree with anyone who says he blames religion for the violence. Rather, he explains how the texts of religion can be used to justify violence; how anything can be justified so long as one earnestly believes that the actions are the will of the almighty.
The discussion of polygamy (plural marriage) was eye opening. I had not understood how the practice is used to enslave women; or that girl children between 14 and 16 are so often "married" to relatives and then impregnated to ensure their bondage. Krakauer notes that plural marriage has been rejected by the Morman church, and that those who practice it are mostly ex-communicated.
The parallels between fundamental religions (whether Morman - based, Christian based, or based on Islam) is truly amazing. I found it to be fascinating.
This was a good read; I like short stories, and these were very evocative. I especially liked the connected short stories. The narrators all did an excellent job. The subject matter is intriguing; relationships mostly, and poignant and funny at the same time.
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