Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Book Review: "I Am Hutterite" by Mary-Ann Kirkby
When I saw the cover of this book, I assumed that the Hutterites were similar to the Amish. While there are certain similarities, they are indeed of a very different ilk. The author uses beautiful prose and poignant humor to help us understand what it means to be Hutterite, and how their differences can lead to misunderstanding, and sometimes contempt, in the outside world. I have very few negative things to say about this book. First (and truly through no fault of the author), there are so many people and family members that it can get a bit confusing--I would recommend a pencil and paper to keep the names straight. Second, the ending of the book seemed rather abrupt. We are taken to a certain point in the author's acclimation to the outside world, and then left to wonder about the rest. I would have liked to have read about how she met her husband--was it awkward to date outside of the way she knew? Did she attend college? Was there culture shock related to it? Are there any remnants of her Hutterite lifestyle that she carries with her daily and not just when she returns to visit? I would have enjoyed reading about how she became the well-adjusted adult that you perceive through these pages after experiencing such a unique childhood. Otherwise, this book is truly a remarkable read, and I would fully recommend this touching story.
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