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Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.0 (inches)|
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Wangerin is an iconoclastic storyteller, which results in Naomi and Her Daughters reading differently from a typical novel. It is written in third person omniscient, and events and facts are told to the reader instead of the reader discovering them within the plot and living vicariously through the action. Therefore, it is virtually impossible to connect with the characters and, thus, the story. Lacking in plot, the novel consists of scenes strung together, while constant time changes coupled with the sudden switch from one character to the next adds confusion. Several random Bible stories are injected throughout the novel, but they lack correlation to the current text.
Although based on Scripture, this is a dark novel, wherein God is portrayed as a far-away, almost unfeeling deity. Despite Gods favor returning to Naomi at the novels conclusion, it doesnt alter the sense of distance from God felt throughout the book. The novel contains graphic violence and gratuitous vulgarities, thirty-five swear words (ten coupled with Gods name, which is also used as an explicative on its own), and countless extremely sexually provocative sayings and descriptions.
Any reader of Naomi and Her Daughters would most likely need a previous understanding of Old Testament figures and events, whereas those who do have the knowledge are less than likely to sit through such vulgarity. With small exception, the story as a whole is extremely depressing and, quite honestly, often offensive. Emily J. Morgan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
CoraAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting adaptation of Naomi, Ruth, BoazAugust 29, 2013CoraAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3While this novel is an interesting adaptation of the book of Ruth, I found it unnecessarily crude in parts.
loves clean fictionAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5imaginary twist to a well loved story, but lackingAugust 29, 2013loves clean fictionAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1I was hoping to enjoy a "times-in-the-life-of" type story about Naomi and Ruth. Although it gives a fascinating idea of what it was like to live then, the characters are not the honest and chaste characters of the Bible. Many are self-serving, greedy, and lack respect for others. The bad language was so frequent as to be offensive.
When I choose Christian fiction, I expect a break from offensiveness. If I want selfishness and offensive and disrespectful language, I just need to step out into the world.
Sandy NelsonRoseville, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not the author's best bookJuly 15, 2013Sandy NelsonRoseville, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I enjoyed the read, but it wasn't up to par with say his book "Paul." I expected more from this author.
Robert Shipley4 Stars Out Of 5EntertainingJune 7, 2013Robert ShipleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A bit of a twist on the story of Ruth, but believable. Anyone who loves historical fiction would be entertained by this novel.
ShirleyPennsylvaniaAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5April 26, 2013ShirleyPennsylvaniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1A very disappointing book. I expected to read the story of Naomi, Ruth and Orpah. Instead a large portion of the book was about an adopted daughter of Naomi. The protrayal of Naomi and Ruth lacked the dedication, love and support found in the Biblical account: instead it was one of schemeing, trickery and self centeredness . Boaz was a head strong lad who was old when he met Ruth. Naomi was a mean, crochety, controlling old lady and Ruth just did what she was told. Missing were the love, dedication, and support these two women had for each other . This book was such a disappointment I put it in the paper recyling box! I would not give it to anyone to read -not those who know the Biblical account and especially NOT those who do not. The quality and value of the book were excellent the content was very poor