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Funny and thoughtful,
This review is from: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (Paperback)
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Following the break-up of her marriage, and a road accident that leaves her incapacitated, Rhoda Janzen decided to return to her Mennonite family to recuperate and find her feet again. In so doing she reflects on the mistakes she made in her marriage, and on the religious up-bringing she rejected, with a great deal of humour. This is one of those rare books that really did make me laugh out loud from the first page: "all of my relatives on her side, the Loewens, enjoy preternaturally good health, unless you count breast cancer and polio".
I also learnt that the Amish were once Mennonites but broke away because of the 'liberalism' of Mennonite ways. Having watched a recent Channel 4 documentary series about a group of young Amish people, I was particularly interested in seeing where their roots lay and what it is about their simple way of life that holds such appeal.
Rhoda's mother is a strong and central character in these memoirs and the author casts a wry but affectionate eye at her ways and those of her Mennonite community. She even adds an appendix giving a brief history of the Mennonites (again, humorously told), though I think the recipes were somewhat out of place.
This is a warm and funny memoir and I really enjoyed it.