A Complicated Kindness

Toews, Miriam, 1964- (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Complicated Kindness

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Authors: Toews, Miriam, 1964-
Statement of Responsibility: Miriam Toews
Title: A complicated kindness
Publisher: New York :, Counterpoint,, c2004
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 22 cm.
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Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • zaire189 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a captivating book!

Report This Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Left alone with her father, sixteen-year-old Nomi rebels against the conventions of her strict Manitoba Mennonite community and tries to come to terms with the collapse of her family. A powerful young Canadian author, Toews was awarded the 2004 Governor General’s Award for this insightful and irreverent coming-of-age tale.

Report This Apr 21, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was intrigued and pulled into this book. It isn't conventional and the storyline doesn't follow many rules, but the immersion into the troublesome life of Mennonite teen Nomi spoke to me. I wouldn't consider myself rebellious, when I was a teen nor now, but her personality was one of interest, regardless. I think, in essence, this point of her life was a learning experience and she made mistakes in a society that was unaccepting of adolescent experimentation. I think the prose was beautiful and that Miriam Toews's debut was worth all its acclaim. I would definitely recommend this book.

Report This May 28, 2012
  • spudwil rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I found it very boring and depressing. The story did not seem to progress. Disappointing.

Report This Apr 29, 2012
  • Nerak rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coming from the same Russian Mennonite background as the characters, I found the book too close to the truth and therefore depressing. The story lacked hope. Ironically, I found her non-fiction account of her father's suicide (Swing Low) more hopeful.

Report This Apr 25, 2012
  • elinpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Toews is dependable for a good story. Again girl in Menonite household in canada. Brutal father. See catalogue comments and reviews.

Report This Dec 22, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Nomi is this teenage girl who lives with her dad in a Mennonite community in outside of Winnipeg. You hear about her closed off life and community and colorful family members. Then one day her sister takes off and then her mom disappears. It really is a story composed of elaborate interconnected parts that make up Nomi's life. Unfortunately, nothing great - just thought it was weird, but will try her other books.

Report This Dec 11, 2011
  • gloryb rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Miriam Toews has a remarkable ability to aptly pick out the smallest details in her character's life and then poignantly describe these moments with a touch of humour. I stand in awe of this ability of hers which is continually evident in each of her novels. Her novels, to me, all "sound the same" with that wonderful chatty voice of hers coming through her characters. I know that her young adult characters are at a turning point in their lives as they work through some life changing problem...usually a social issue... and receive some illumination about themselves, their families, their friends, and their community. I would have liked more info on the dad character. He seems so weird, yet he is a grade 6 teacher. I would have preferred him to be a farmer or a business owner.

Report This Aug 15, 2011
  • jandocr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book and I found it pretty interesting for the most part. I would recommend it! I found it a little frustrating with the lack of quotation marks, so sometimes I was confused in the conversations.

Report This Jun 28, 2011
  • Goober1950 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book to own

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