The encouragement to women to feel self worth and have strength to stop being a victim.
The inflection and speech patterns can never be fully realized on paper.
Not sure that there is just one. I read Jill Conner Browne to enjoy her twisted point of view and the creative way she describes her life.
This is light escapism reading. As a woman from East Texas, I identify in a many parts of the book the way I am and the way I would like to be. Sorry, Jill. Mississippi is more like Texas than you might want to admit.
The recipes are fun, too.
I kept thinking this book would get better. It didn't. Let's see -- charismatic, fundamentalist white Christians (from Texas, no less) oppress a multi-racial communal settlement in a sparcely settled part of California. Add to that, endless platitudes written by the 24-year-old founder of the commune. The platitudes sound like a caricature of '50s Beat poetry, except the Earthseed wisdom isn't nearly as profound as the worst of the Beat genre poems. The whole of premise of white a Christian fundamentalist church lawlessly "converting" the unsavory members of the population isn't credible sci-fi OR fantasy.
Ms. Butler's characters are not developed and, for the most, unremarkable. The dialogue and journal entries that are the heart of the book reveal the main character to be shallow, self-centered, unrealistic, and worst of all, uninspiring. And the endless platitudes -- for example,"God is change. Change is God." -- get more rediculous as the book drags on. Run away quickly and save yourself from this waste of time and money.
This book is an excellent reason why authors should not read their books. As a narrator, Mr. Block exhibits no voice modulation abilities nor is his voice particularly pleasant to listen to.
The narration ruins this book -- I don't think that I'll be able to complete the book because it is just so difficult to figure out who is speaking.
What a shame . . .
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