9 responses to Thrill of the Chaste winner
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    Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 06:08)

    Congratulations, Sharon!

    Question begging to be asked; is “Sabina: A Story of the Amish” still available in print?

    If I were to start reading Amish Fiction I think I’d like to start at the beginning, or at least read it at some point along the way.

    This set of entries, the Amish Fiction ones, have been very interesting.

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      Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 07:05)

      I notice quite a few copies of Sabina on Amazon, though haven’t seen a Kindle version. Sometimes the very old books become public domain and you can get them as a free e-version, not sure how that applies to this one. I read a quite good free Jules Verne e-book last year, I think this was the last fiction book I read.

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        Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 16:19)

        A Jules Verne was one of the first science fiction works I ever read, I got a copy (Twenty Thousand Leagues) as a gift from my now late Aunt and Uncle when I was a kid and I still have it, it’s a treasured edition in my book collection.

        It looks like a well bound old book, my Verne.

        I bet the author of Sabina wouldn’t imagine or know what to make of
        kindle and things of that sort, I imagine however, Jules Verne would probably marvel at it, own one, and have a vast library of his own, if alive today, being a master of tech prophecy, though maybe he’d probably lement it a little too.

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          Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (May 3rd, 2013 at 06:57)

          “The Mysterious Island” was the one I read. I was drawn to it as a complete 180 from what I usually read–good to do that now and again. Going by the title, it seemed like a book I would have enjoyed as a boy, and I found I thoroughly enjoyed it as a grown-up 🙂

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    Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 07:36)

    I have the book Sabina of the Amish. A friend bought it for me because she knew I had an interest in the Amish and our church name is St. Sabina so it was kind of a cute fit. The book is a bit weird, to say the least with the clairvoyant stuff, and it portrays the Amish as kind of hicks. Then again, that could’ve been the author’s perception of them, maybe not having had much interaction. Also the way the Amish lived back then wasn’t very different from the way everyone else was living at the time so what the appeal was, I’m not too sure. Have a good week and congrats to Sharon on winning the book!

    • Sabina: A Story of the Amish as local color writing

      Beth Valerie goes into the prejudices of Martin against the Amishin Ch. 2: “Martin’s portrayal of Sabina and her family is unabashed in its derision. The non-Amish male protagonist, Augustus Acker, who is lodging with Sabina’s family, uses adjectives like ‘queer’ and ‘ignorant’ and ‘commonplace’ to describe them, and Martin offers no authorial irony to suggest that his impressions are wrong” (p. 29).

      The clunky names she selects for the Amish characters have to reflect a bit of this: “Ulmer Popple”, “Levi Wilt” (my apologies to any Ulmers reading this).

      According to Valerie this could be characterized as a work of “regional fiction”, aka “local color” writing. “…regional fiction like Martin’s Sabina offered such upper-crust readers a ‘rustic vacation,’ of sorts, which ‘dealt with the threat of the foreign from within an apparently detached entertainment realm'” (p 30).

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 14:49)

    Congratulations, Sharon, lucky duck!

    I’ll put the book on my Mothers Day list, though I’ll probably end up buying it for myself (OK with me)!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (April 30th, 2013 at 22:01)

    Congrats Sharon!

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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on Thrill of the Chaste winner (May 6th, 2013 at 13:23)

    Thrill of the Chaste winner

    Congratulations Sharon! I know you will enjoy reading this book.

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