[PDF] The 19th Wife BY David Ebershoff

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Faith I tell them is a mystery elusive to many and never easy to explainSweeping and lyrical spellbinding and unforgettable David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense It is 1875 and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband Brigham Young pr. In a world where the term marriage has taken on such a variety of forms as well as meanings this book with its focus on American Christian polygamy and the history behind it fits in perfectlyThe novel centers around the story of Ann Eliza Young who in the 1800s was married to the Mormon profit and leader Brigham Young The church is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints In 1875 she fled the marriage and the church and spent practically the rest of her life campaigning for the legal abolishment of the system in the United StatesParallel to this story is the one of Jordan Scott s mother BeckyLyn who allegedly murdered her husband a modern polygamist from Utah Jordan tries to prove his mother s innocence through skillful sleuthing The two stories interconnect at the end Both women were Mrs19 in their plural marriagesThe book raises uestions about marriage and religion and allow the reader to form an independent opinion What I found interesting about the theme is that so many forms of polygamy existed in the world still do and that this barbaric practices by this religious group was not appreciated at all but mostly because of the spiritual and moral enslavement of women and children in this system Sins plural marriages were illegal the women and children captured in it had and still have no legal protection In the extreme cases such as the Warren Jeff case it even exposes pedophilia and child rape Edit These heinous barbarity can be classified under the same religious crimes such as Female Genital Mutilation of little girls in certain Muslim groups It is also legal in 30 countriesend of edit When freedom of choice and movement is denied especially in our modern world all red flags should be up and furiously billowing in the wind This book is about those red flags that almost destroyed this sect churchThe murder mystery thrown in focuses the attention on the modern state of affairs the existence of totalitarian theocracies within democracies and is certainly relevant after the Warren Jeff debacle Yet although this particular religious groups are vindicated for the abuse of women and children in this particular form of a mating strategy the alternatives and just as polygamous relationships in modern society almost obtained general consent chain marriages one person marries and divorces one partner marries and divorce a second and often third partner and have children with all the partners unmarried individuals have different relationships with different partners over a long period of time ie basketball player Wilt Chamberlain who claimed to have slept with 20 000 women and in upper society it is common knowledge that a wife is chosen to produce the heirs being contractually rewarded with property jewelry and money It is often used to merge companies and other business interests and has nothing to do with love The male partner is allowed to have mistresses on the sideline for his other needs These mating preferences are regarded as alternative forms of polygamy by its own definitionHistorically marriages took place within an extended family where parents grandparents brothers and sisters with their spouses and offsprings all cohabitated on the same land and it was possible for children to be raised by than just the parents It relieved the pressure on the nuclear family and provided a much needed support system It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb confirming the century old practice of polygamy on the continentPolygamous marriages offered the same benefits for young women who did not enjoy a support system who otherwise faced a difficult road on their own often immigrants who struggled to survive It becomes even relevant in the modern society where single parent homes are challenging environments for children in which the single parent often must work two to three jobs to survive Professor Cheshire Calhoun of the Philosophy Department at Arizona State University failing to recognize polygamous marriages results in a kind of black market that comes with all of the familiar problems of black markets in other domains If a woman informally enters a polygamous marriage and then gets a divorce she can be left without any legal rights to financial support etc By analogy drugs aren t a good thing but a world with legalized drug markets is better than one with black markets in drugs Similarly polygamy might not be a good thing but a world with above board polygamy is probably better than one where it is driven undergroundThe only reason to appose the legalization of polygamy from within these theocratic communities in Utah Twin Cities Arizona et al is the fact that the husband of so many single mothers and children draw millions in social benefits which becomes a major source of income for him Anyone apposing them are in danger They have their own heavily armed security forces Mmmm can it be regarded as legitimate robbery of government resources A goal in itself perhaps Just thinking A religious fanaticism and paranoia drive these subgroups not to mention hatred of the federal government who can cut their wealth and prosperity by legalizing polygamy and force these priests to marry their concubines to protect the women financially as well I even suspect that it will eradicate this practice on a grand scale if legalization can happen As soon as these single mothers become married women they lose their social benefits from the government and one man will be the fool of a century to take on so many wives Didn t Warren Jeff or his father had than 100 wives The only measuring stick to condone any practice is to ask the uestion does a person willingly consent to and choose an arrangement and maintain freedom of choice and movement If yes then compare the benefits of each possibility since the modern world is not about being right or wrong it is about being free to make choices Minor children should not be allowed to marry We choose the conseuences when we choose the action The choice should always be a free one And that does not happen in all these different religious groups Hence books like these are so important to be written Both sides of the coin is being addressed relatively well Oh well pardon me I m getting off my soapbox here It is from this perspective that I read the book Yes looking at both sides of the coin was my main aim I have read hordes of other books reports papers news articles and whatnot on modern polygamy including the Mormon version and thus enjoyed reading the historical background once again in this particular form The author really managed to bring the background of the characters aliveUnfortunately the sleuthing part of the book just did not cut it at all It felt unnecessary and not well executed Totally lame It cheapened an otherwise brilliant piece of work If the murder mystery in its current form was a stand alone I would have put it down after the first chapter Perhaps it was the reason why the book contained two parallel stories On the other hand the historical fiction as well as the dramatization there of was very well done and could have and should have been offered as an excellent book on its own Hence the three star rating

Summary The 19th Wife

The 19th Wife

Present day Utah Jordan Scott a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s deathAnd as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith From the Hardcover editi. I was asked to answer uestions at a Library Book Club about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that sparked because of this book On doing research to know how to respond to some of the uestions many have on why our faith practiced polygamy over 100 years ago I came across an article that I felt answered a lot of uestions that I agree withhttpwwwfairldsorgMiscPolygamyThe book club was very excited to ask difficult uestions in a setting that was not offensive I found the experience to be valuable and faith promoting I also thought it was nice of them to ask going right to the source to ask about our history and beliefsOn that topic I suggest also to visit or are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints official websitesOverall I feel that this book is not worth anyone s while to read It is full of opinions and part truths However the subject is interesting You could read ABOUT polygamy and never run out of things to read I personally enjoyed reading biographies about Brigham Young called Brigham Young Modern Moses Prophet of God and Lion of the Lord The website also had many other documents that were interesting to read These are not official church books or websites however they do look at it in a positive way which is a needed twist after this book I ll end with this uote The sole danger which historical information about polygamy poses to members of the Church or sincere investigators occurs only if they stop their research too soon Church critics are uite happy to lead their marks part of the way only to abandon them when the story is just getting good by Gregory L Smith MD

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Ophet and leader of the Mormon Church Expelled and an outcast Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed including how a young woman became a plural wifeSoon after Ann Eliza’s story begins a second exuisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in. I was really looking forward to reading this book it has great reviews and mixes historical fiction with a modern mystery About polygamy history and mystery I expected to love this novel I was deeply disappointed First the reader can t tell when the author is writing a fiction part of the historical fiction and what is indeed part of history There are no chapter notes of any kind to give the reader an idea of what is true and what he made up An uneducated reader may be left believing things about the Mormon religion that are simply not true The author ought to have noted what was a work of his imagination The modern mystery throughout the novel had foul language than necessary However the most disturbing part for me was the carelessness with which the author wrote about the Mormon religion detailing with inaccuracy sacred covenants that any faithful Latter Day Saint would be offended to hear is written about frivolously in a novel Too bad I thought this book was a good idea


10 thoughts on “The 19th Wife

  1. says:

    Recently I have been seeing a lot of reviews and advertisements for 'The 19th Wife' popping up everywhere Whatever the reason after this book popped up on my recommendations for the umpteenth time I was intrigued I downloaded the Audible version and started listeningThis book was absolutely fascinating Aside from the stories being t

  2. says:

    What was wrong with me? Didn't I review 'any' books when I first joined Goodreads? guess notThis book blew me away I loved it and gave it as a gift a couple of times A VERY strong 5 star novel A phenomenal polygamous fundamentalist murder mystery page turning storywhich alternates with a fictionalized memoir of

  3. says:

    In a world where the term 'marriage' has taken on such a variety of forms as well as meanings this book with its focus on

  4. says:

    This is a book about polygamy in Brigham's time and today It uses the divided time frame techniue trying to link

  5. says:

    I was really looking forward to reading this book; it has great reviews and mixes historical fiction with a modern mystery About polygamy history and mystery I expected to love this novel I was deeply disappointed First the

  6. says:

    This is a provocative work It deals with difficult issues in areas of community doubt faith family and marriage The author loosely interweaves two fictional stories; one of the effects of Mormon polygamy on a few people in the 19th century and another focusing on a fictional contemporary polygamous group in so

  7. says:

    This book is rather unusual because it's actually two books in one One of the books is a well researched historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza Young Mormon leader Brigham Young's 19th wife who fled polygamy in the late 1800s and made it her life's mission to abolish it succeeding at least legally The second book is a murder mystery involving a present day polygamist group with a gay lost boy polygamy sects often abandon young boys to the

  8. says:

    I was asked to answer uestions at a Library Book Club about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that sparked because of t

  9. says:

    35 starsI enjoy reading about other religions and learning what makes them uniue I have some Mormon relatives and that religion has al

  10. says:

    This book made it into the realm of the I can't put this down I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Mormon history or religion in general both topics which interest me The major theme of this book is

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