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The 19th Wife (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2009

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Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: Transworld Publishers Ltd (1. Januar 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385614756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385614757
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.563.348 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Pressestimmen

"The multiplicity of perspectives serves to broaden Ebershoff's depiction not only of polygamy, but also of the people whose lives it informs. And this gives his novel a rare sense of moral urgency" (The New York Times Book Review)

"A marvellous evocation of pioneer life... But his sympathy is with Eliza Young and other women trapped in what the Mormons termed 'celestial marriages'" (Daily Mail)

"Beautifully written... genuinely enthralling" (Literary Review)

"Engrossing... vivid... packed with historical illumination, unforgettable characters... the greatest triumph is the way all this material illuminates the larger landscape of faith" (Washington Post)

"Intelligent, compelling, with several decent twists" (Guardian) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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A pageturning murder mystery set in a secretive polygamous Mormon sect. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Von _Buchliebhaber_ TOP 500 REZENSENT am 26. April 2012
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Der Hintergrund von "The 19th Wife" ist eigentlich ziemlich interessant: es geht um Polygamie und eine Splittergruppe der Mormonen, die diese Praxis auch heute noch (mehr oder weniger öffentlich) befürwortet. Darüber wusste ich bislang wenig.

Das Buch ist in zwei völlig getrennte Handlungsstränge unterteilt und verbindet so Geschichte mit einer Art Krimi: Zum einen wird die (wahre) Geschichte von Ann Eliza Young erzählt. Sie war die 19. Ehefrau von einem der frühen Sektenführer und hat sich Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts für das Verbot der Mehrfachehe engagiert. Die Krimihandlung spielt in der Gegenwart, in der der junge Jordan nach Jahren zum ersten Mal in seine Heimat Utah zurückkehrt. Seine Mutter sitzt im Gefängnis, weil sie ihren Mann - Jordans Vater - umgebracht haben soll. Sie war nur eine seiner vielen Ehefrauen, denn auch Jordans Eltern gehören der Mormonensekte an.

Anfangs war ich durchaus angetan von der zweigeteilten Struktur, aber leider hat sich trotz der interessanten (und für mich neuen) Thematik bald Langeweile breit gemacht. Der Krimi ist nicht wirklich fesselnd, aber immerhin leidlich unterhaltsam. Der historische Teil ist deutlich umfangreicher und im Stil eines Geschichts-/Sachbuchs geschrieben: viel Information (teils in ellenlangen Fußnoten), wenig ansprechend aufbereitet. Ich war noch nicht einmal bei der Hälfte des über 600 Seiten umfassenden Buches angelangt, da hätte ich es nur zu gerne wieder zugeklappt und ins Regal zurückgestellt.

Ich habe der Versuchung widerstanden und mich tapfer bis zum Ende durchgekämpft.
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0 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von danielle thielen am 1. Oktober 2011
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I was looking forward to a nice good written mystery well no such thing I make it a habit of always finishing any book i started, well this one is one I not only didn't read to the end but it ended in the bin I wasn't even going to donate it.
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260 von 271 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Ripped from the headlines? 8. August 2008
Von Susan Tunis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
When I heard what this novel was about, I immediately wanted to read it. The reason is that I've been so intrigued by news accounts of groups like the polygamous fundamentalists featured in this novel. For me, it was like a window into another world.

The story opens with 20-year-old Jordan Scott reading the news online. He sees a photo of a woman being placed into a police car and suddenly realizes that it's his mother! He hasn't seen her since she and his father left him by the side of the highway with $17 dollars in his pocket at the age of 14. You see, Jordan was raised in Utah in a polygamous Mormon sect--an extremist offshoot of the contemporary Mormon Church. Jordan's mom was #19 of his dad's 25 or so wives, and Jordan was raised with about 100 siblings. It's a very different upbringing. Sadly, at the age of 14, Jordan was excommunicated for a non-existent offence, and cast out from his home, family, and the life he'd known. But he's a survivor, and he's made a life for himself in LA.

Seeing that his mother has been arrested for the murder of his father, Jordan realizes that he must return home and face his past. He goes to visit his mother in jail, and she tells him, "I didn't do it!" and begs for his help. With all the conflicted feelings you would imagine, Jordan begins his own investigation into the murder case, and for the first time in years has contact with his former life. Despite the pain this sometimes brings him, he makes friends along the way, and they're a fascinating and diverse group of allies.

This contemporary murder mystery would be more than enough story for your average novel, but in this case, it's only half of it. For the chapters about Jordan and the murder mystery alternate with another story. It's the fictionalized memoir of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, one of the early founders of the Mormon Church. The very formation of the Church, right through its first several decades, are seen through Ann Eliza's eyes. She was a real historic character who did write a memoir about her life, marriage to the decades-older Young, eventual divorce, and crusade against polygamy in the Church.

Ebershoff has woven these two tales together magnificently. I can't claim to have known much about the Mormon faith, its history, or any current issues in the religion, but I was equally fascinated by both stories being told. I realize there's a limit to what a person can learn from a fictional work, but this novel appears to have been meticulously researched. (There's a great author's note at the end.) It's a hefty book, but well-written, compelling, exotic, and more than anything one hell of a story.
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Historical fiction that weaves todays headlines with their historical past 6. August 2008
Von Modern Blue Argonaut - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading The 19th Wife. In fact, it was one of the best books I've read this year. The author, David Ebershoff, skillfully weaves a tale back and forth between the roots of nineteenth century polygamy and a modern day polygamist murder mystery.

Much of the book focuses on the nineteenth century beginnings of polygamy and the Mormon faith, and at first I was put off by this, being more interested in today's headlines than historical fiction, but as I moved through the book I found myself more and more captivated by the very compelling story of Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young's nineteenth (disputed) wife.

This book is woven with so much historical fact that it becomes hard to separate fact from fiction, but I do believe the author tried to accurately portray the events as much as possible.

Just a few of the highlights and themes in this book include a couple of "lost boys" who were kicked out of their community for small indiscretions, left abandoned on the streets at a young age. Their stories are wrought with pain but end nicely. There are also a few instances of modern day escapes from the polygamist community; some forced and coerced marriages; and a consistent theme of hurt feelings as the husbands take on additional wives. This book covers these stories and so many more it would be difficult to touch on all of them in a short review.

I have never read a nearly 600 page book in just four days, but that is just what I did with this book. I felt a very emotional connection to this book and it's characters and I hope to read more from this author.
47 von 48 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Another winner from Ebershoff 20. August 2008
Von I. Sondel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Last April, 533 women and children were removed from the Yearn for Zion Ranch of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints in west Texas. Author David Ebershoff must have found this an eerie coincidence with his polygamy rich novel "The 19th Wife" being prepped by Random House for an August release.

Ebershoff, author of "The Danish Girl," has composed an often brilliant novel consisting of two stories: the epic saga of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, who almost single handedly brought about the end of polygamy in America; and a story of a modern day plural wife accused of murder, and her excommunicated gay son determined to prove her innocence.

The story of Ann Eliza is a slice of nearly forgotten American history, thoroughly researched and detailed. "The 19th Wife" illustrates the evils of religious tyranny and how "celestial marriage" was a blasphemous rationalization of adultery. Great pains have been taken to depict the rise and fal of polygamy withing the Mormon church; from portraits of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, to testimonials from a wide assortment of Ann Eliza's friends, family and detractors. These characters are indelibly drawn and leap from the page into our memory. Scenes of the great western expansion and the trek of European immigrants to Utah remain vivid long after reading them.

I'll not provide a summary of the second story other than to say it too deals with the ill effects of polygamy, is set in a community not unlike Year for Zion Ranch, and features a truly memorable gay hero in Jordan Scott.

As good as this novel is I do have one caveat: while the historical material is never less than interesting, it plods along in comparison with the modern story, which, being a murder mystery is swiftly paced and instantly compelling. Ebershoff has failed to create an equal balance between the past and present stories. By swamping the reader with so much historical data in the first instance, he too frequently frustrates the momentum of the second; a classic cased where less would have been more. Still, "The 19th Wife" is an an impressive achievement and sure to make many year end "best" lists.
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Mystery that spans generations 13. August 2008
Von Mary G. Longorio - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In 1875 Ann Eliza Young, the purported wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young, published her memoirs. A year earlier she had left her husband, filed for divorce, fled Utah and had embarked on a nationwide lecture tour fiercely denouncing the evils of polygamy.

Present day California, Jordan Scott, is a 20 year old "lost boy" expelled from the polygamous First Latter Day Saints community of Mesadale, Utah, by the Prophet. Browsing the St. George Register online he is stunned to see his mother on the front page accused on murdering his father, a prominent First. An open chat page on the dead man's computer identifies his murderer, his 19th wife....Jordan's mother.

It took a few false starts before I got into the rhythm of The 19th Wife. Moving from Anne Eliza's life story and history of the westward migration of the Mormons, to present day Utah where Jordan struggles to understand what might have happened, the storyline moves back and forth slowly drawing the reader into the story. Jordan must return to Mesadale and try to uncover the truth of his father's murder and possibly free his mother from jail. Anne Eliza chronicles her family's conversion to Mormonism, their westward migration, the persecution of the sect and their expulsion into the inhospitable west. Jordan has to return to Mesadale where he is unsure who, if anyone can be trusted and where he is watched and shunned at every turn.

As Jordan moves closer to the truth his path intersects with Ann Eliza's story and his life is also in danger. Help from an unexpected source offers him safety, but can it be trusted? David Ebershoff has crafted a masterful, though somewhat twisted tale of family life. Through extensive research he is able to portray the inner workings of a closed society and the corruption of power. This kept me engrossed from beginning to the much unexpected end.
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Good, Not Great 29. Dezember 2008
Von N. Adams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This was an interesting book. It flipped between both a present day murder mystery, ostensibly committed by a FLDS wife, and a historical novel about the practice of polygamy in the early LDS church (and how and where the modern day Church and the "Firsts" diverged on the issue). While I appreciate the different feel that the author tried to create with his novel (modern and historical and the social contexts that still exist), it just didn't quite work for me. It really should have been one or the other, but there wasn't quite enough good material to make it a great novel if it HAD just stuck to one storyline. I get that they were to be intertwined, but it felt a bit forced to me. I enjoyed the historical context, although I'm always wary of how much is fictionalized. Good, but not great, and for the length, I'm not sure it was worth the time.
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