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The 19th Wife: A Novel af David Ebershoff
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The 19th Wife: A Novel (udgave 2009)

af David Ebershoff

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The story of Ann Eliza Young's crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.
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Titel:The 19th Wife: A Novel
Forfattere:David Ebershoff
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 544 pages
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What an interesting book! Aside from genealogy, I don't know much about the Church of Latter-Day Saints, so I was doing a lot of research on the side as I read. The book splits between a current story about a young man, Jordan, whose mother has been arrested for the murder of her polygamous husband, and letters, journals, etc about the story of Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young's infamous 19th wife. Jordan's mother is a true believer who left Jordan on the side of a highway when he was fourteen because he held a girl's hand though he later realized he was gay, so he was on a countdown out the door anyway. As Jordan attempts to free his mother, I learned a lot about the current church and the sects of believers called the Firsts who still believe in polygamy.
The more historical sections were a little slower but just as intriguing. Eliza Ann Young became famous when she divorced Brigham Young and set out on a lecture tour about the evils of polygamy in the 1870s. She had been brought up in the church and her mother was one of multiple wives, so she saw firsthand the toll of the practice.
It's a good historical fiction book that the author appears to have researched deeply. He writes with compassion and care about a difficult subject and does a very good job. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 14, 2021 |
I first read this book several years ago, before I started this blog, and although I remember enjoying it immensely, I couldn’t remember the details. It’s Ebershoff’s third novel and focuses on the practice of polygamy in the Mormon church by interweaving the stories of two women, separated by more than a century. One is Ann Eliza Young, the apostate former (nineteenth) wife of the early Mormon leader Brigham Young. Her lectures and writings, represented here by a fictional autobiography, helped to expose the reality of plural marriage and, ultimately, to abolish it in mainstream Mormon faith. In the present day, we meet BeckyLyn Scott, a member of a breakaway fundamentalist sect which preserves the practice of polygamy. BeckyLyn’s husband has been shot dead in his basement den and she, his nineteenth wife, has been arrested for murder. Her son Jordan, expelled from the community as a teenager, comes to believe that BeckyLyn is innocent; but how can he prove it? The stories of these two women intertwine in an absorbing tale of plural marriage, faith and family. To make matters even more interesting, events since the book’s publication have focused international attention on the community that must surely have inspired Ebershoff’s fictional Mesadale...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2021/04/22/the-19th-wife-2008-david-ebershoff/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | May 16, 2021 |
I found this book enjoyable for the most part. My critiques aren't very original -- as one NYTimes reviewer found, Ebershoff's use of invented and reformed historical artifacts makes for a strange read. It wasn't clear when Ebershoff was inventing things and when he was trying to nail something historically (despite this being a novel -- there was an Ann Eliza Young for instance).
But, I found, as the SLC Tribune review indicated, this presents a foggy picture if one expects this novel to shed some light on anything. As a professor at the U commented in the Tribune review there is a tendency in this book to use a method of thinking that is very 21st century: it's really problematic to imagine how 19th families handled plural marriage by imagining them to be modern or even our conception of 19th century thinkers.
My favorite part of the book was the story of the modern murder mystery. The worst part of the book was the sections where "Eli" is talking. Did we really need to know about the dolphins blow hole? ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. Couldn't put it down. Compelling from start to finish. A must read for any avid reader of any book genre. Bravo! ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
I found this book interesting and thought provoking, giving a two-fold perspective on the issue of polygamy in the Mormon church and what effect it has on women and children in particular. Is it biased? Of course, but the 19th-century voices connect well with the 21st-century voices showing that not much has changed.
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. - Saint Augustine
Like all the other arts, the Science of Deduction and Analysis is one which can only be acquired by long and patient study, nor is life long enough to allow any mortal to attain the highest possible perfection in it. - Arthur Conan Doyle
And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men. - The Book of Mormons, translated by Joseph Smith, Jr.
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Preface to the First Edition:
In the one year since I renounced my Mormon faith, and set out to tell the nation the truth about American polygamy, many people have wondered why I ever agreed to become a plural wife.
Wife #19:
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By Jordan Scott:
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Her Big Boy
According to the St. George Register, on a clear night last June, at some time between eleven and half-past, my mom—who isn't anything like this—tiptoed down to the basement of the house I grew up in with a Big Boy .44 Magnum in her hands.
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