Nepaprasta, įtraukianti knyga. Prieš perskaitydama šią knygą įsivaizdavau, kad amišai - tai tiesiog keistuoliai ir tiek. Bet tik ją perskaičiusi supratau, kiek ...
Nepaprasta, įtraukianti knyga. Prieš perskaitydama šią knygą įsivaizdavau, kad amišai - tai tiesiog keistuoliai ir tiek. Bet tik ją perskaičiusi supratau, kiek daug slepiasi už tų idiliškų, filmą "Namelį prerijose" primenančių namukų. Verta, tikrai verta perskaityti, kad suprastume, jog Vakarietiškoje visuomenėje gyvena dar viena, kuri yra KITOKIA.
Torah Bontrager was born and raised Old Order Amish and became the first Amish-escapee to graduate from an Ivy League school: Columbia University in New York City. She grew up with no electricity, no TV, no radio, no Internet, no cars, and up until the age of 10, no running hot water and no indoor bathroom. She learned how to grow her own veggies from heirloom seeds, raise animals for meat, hunt deer in the fall and forage for mushrooms, berries and plants in the wild. When Torah was 11 years old, she consciously decided to leave the Amish church. After 4 years of planning and a failed first attempt, she literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15 without telling anyone goodbye.
The next morning, her parents found the note that she had left on her nightstand announcing her permanent departure. Torah loved learning and wanted to explore the world and experience all the things that the religion prohibited. Her dreams were to go to Harvard and outer space, "impossibles" given her background and rudimentary Amish-only education.
Torah gave up everything--family, security, community, the only life she had ever known--in the hopes that one day her dreams might come true. Amish Girl is about the darkness she encountered navigating a foreign world alone and grappling with her demons. It's about her inner and outer quest for truth that took her all around the world. It's about her struggles to make sense of the abuse and repeat rape she endured from her parents and other family members. And it's about how she emerged from the underworld, from her tortured psyche, to create a life of beauty, happiness and freedom. She wouldn't be telling her story otherwise.