- Darger Family -
In my mind there were three parts to this book. The first part was the Darger family explaining why they wanted to 'go public' on this semi-illegal socially shunned lifestyle. What sorts of things they have done so far, like radio shows and Oprah (yes, Oprah!). And, what they hope to achieve by coming out. Already being a liberal minded person, it was like preaching to choir.
I found this book was great to read in conjunction with watching Big Love. There is a bit of jargon used in the book and on the TV show that we don't hear much in life - righteous, priesthood holder, LDS, Fundamentalist. I found since I've watched most of Big Love I already had a good idea what these words meant. So, strangely, I'd recommend watching TV over reading in this case - to really be able to put the jargon into context.
I did not find the writing in this book to be all that wonderful. The stories were not that dramatic and didn't leave that big of an impression on my mind. But, I think it would be a great book to read in a book club. It brings up so many issues that could be discussed.
- Should Polygamy still be considered illegal? Should it be legalized?
- Is it even ethical?
- Have your views on Polygamy changed after reading this book?
- Compare and contrast the gains and losses of polygamy for the husband and wife(ives).
- Large families, like this one of 20 odd members. Beneficial or a hindrance for children?
- How would you deal with one of your children coming to you one day and saying they are marrying into a polygamous family?
- Compare and contract this book with Big Love.
Even though I'd recommend this book for a book club, I wouldn't say it's a 'read'. There are many books out there that are a better read than this one.
Rating: Do not read