le 25 mars 2013
We've all heard about polygamy, but if it isn't happening to us, most of us don't give it a second thought. Helga Zeiner makes us think about the plight of the women and children who are caught up in these polygamous communities. Her novel is well researched and the story is told in a way that shocks us with its honesty and keeps us turning pages to find a resolution to the dilemmas of the main characters. We get to know Lillian, the poor girl who is barely a teenager and is already expected to be "wife" to a man whose being is repugnant to us in both body and mind. We hope desperately that she will escape this horrible situation.
Richard, the realtor who buys the land adjacent to the commune, has problems of his own, yet we come to care about him. The author weaves the tale skilfully to resolve the realtor's character flaws as they pertain to his relationship with his female business partner, while bringing the story of Lillian's hoped for escape to a climax.
"Section 132" will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages as quickly as you can read.