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- Listening Length: 9 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Jun. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQCWP0
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Village Secrets: Tales from Turnham Malpas, Book 5 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Kate, the new schoolteacher, meditates, believes trees and plants feel pain, is vegan and has been to Africa - and, in this story, all this is equated with being unchristian and evil. When she tries to introduce the children to other cultures she is told there's no need for the children to know about them as there are only `white' families in the village, by which the author clearly means `English' in a narrow and reductive sense.
The whole plot of the story turns on intolerance for difference in any form, whether religious, social (one of the `evil' women is a single mother who is shown to be dirty, untidy and irresponsible as far as her children are concerned) or cultural. Kate, too, can't be accepted within the village till she turns her back on her beliefs and throws away all her African artefacts.
Yes, there are `traditional' values which are still worth preserving but the kind of hatred, contempt and disrespect for anything other than the traditional, conventional and mythically English which informs this story left me feeling very disturbed. Regardless of the author's intention, texts themselves have their own ideologies and value systems, and those at play here felt both dangerous and deeply unpleasant to me.
I think the other reviewer who gave this one star expresses it better than I have, but basically this book encourages intolerance of any perceived deviation from a supposedly fairytale notion of Englishness, which is in fact extremely backward-looking and bigoted. If you're not white, conservative and a regular church-goer, if you like to wear black, meditate or have any beliefs that could be considered alternative, if you are a single mother, you are undesirable in this horrid little world. This has really left a nasty taste in my mouth.
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I didn't want to put the book down (or kindle). Very good story line.Published 3 months ago by david phillippo
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