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This is real. In a way, the context is a bit misconstrued, a lot of people got upset over the fact that it misrepresented a Mormon community. A few months after reading it I was able to step back from the book and see that this book was not focused on it being a Mormon community.

It was part of the lifestyle and description but being Mormon wasn't the focus. People had misinterpreted it. What it's really saying is "If this can happen in such a supposed tight knit community, it must happen anywhere". Of course some of the details in the book seem a bit extreme but that's more likely for entertainment purposes, to keep the reader in it. Abuse happens in every culture. Even the ones that think themselves far too refined for such a thing. Now back to why I fell in love with hating it. It's the kind of book that makes you so emotional and upset that even after you've read the ending, even after you've gotten the roughest blow to the gut, you go back and read the ending over and over again hoping you missed something, hoping you might find something that says "hey it's ok" but it doesn't because life isn't always pretty and it doesn't always end up ok.

I found that really damn depressing, but if a book can make me so angry I throw it against a wall, it's a damn good book. The purpose of literature is to incite emotion, to make you either hate or love the characters, and if you're really lucky, you'll find a book that does both. This is really one of those books, but I don't suggest reading it unless you've taken your Xanax for the day. You're going to need it. View all 18 comments. Apr 16, Lindsey rated it did not like it Shelves: reviewed.

I have edited it to be more objective. Please humor me as I soliloquize about a side issue instead of writing a review—although really it doesn't matter whether you care to humor me or not; I'm going to say my say just the same. Isn't the internet wonderful? Oh, the rush of unchecked power. Crank happened to pass briefly through my hands on its way to some library patron, and I gave it a quick glance-over.

The free-verse writing was different from anything I'd ever considered as a form of novelization, but I was caught by the easy flow of it. When Burned came to my attention, I decided to take a closer look. If I'd considered what to expect, judging from the summary, here's the story I thought I was getting: Girl is confused and confined by her family's religion. Girl has a fit of teen-aged rebellion. Girl is sent to live with crazy, madcap cousins and wise, tender aunt and uncle on a smelly farm in the middle of nowhere. Girl learns about work, sacrifice, love and the essence of true religion, and finds peace with herself and the world.

Rather a naive expectation, I suppose now in hindsight, but I really didn't think too hard beforehand—just grabbed it and ran with it, so to speak. Even if I had, I would still not expected what I got. I don't know why Mrs. Hopkins chose to set her book among people of my faith, but I find it hard to believe that she knows many Mormons personally, and I question her sources on doctrine. Some of her representations were amusing, some frustrating. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more generally known as Mormon, and I think it's safe to say that I have an insider's perspective she does not.

So I would like to set the record straight on some doctrinal issues and present a different picture of Mormon life. The most frustrating misrepresentation was her view of the woman's role. I don't know much about these other churches, so I don't know how well the "Mormonism" of Burned parallels them, but I do know she was representing the mainstream LDS church. I'm not sure she is aware of the differences. In any case, LDS women are not treated as inferior to men.

Our church leaders would never condone a man "keeping his wife in check" in the manner that Pattyn's father did. According to our official church Proclamation on the family, "Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, mothers and fathers are obligated to help one another as equal partners my italics We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.

Men are specifically directed not to use their priesthood to exercise dominion over anyone, and women have as important a role as men. Young men and young women are all encouraged and even urged to receive some form of higher education. My mother has a four-year degree in elementary education, which she used as a teacher before I came along and later used to homeschool me and my sister for quite some time.

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Now that her children are growing up she is trying to get a degree in interior design from home. She does not work outside the home, but she takes joy in the work of raising her six children and works easily as hard as my dad does. She most certainly does not consider herself an oppressed wife. My dad loves her as she loves him and will far sooner tolerate one of his children talking back to him than to his wife. By the way, the central goal of our religion is to bind husbands, wives and their children as families eternally--"forever love", I think Mrs.

Hopkins calls it. The bishop of my ward is a warm, humble, compassionate man. He would not judge me harshly or berate me if I came to him for counsel, would certainly not behave as the fictional Bishop Crandall did, and my only qualm in going to him would be the same shame and fear of disappointing him that I would feel in going to my father. I have heard a story or two of bishops that are not this way. I'm just providing a counter-example. I am not trying to claim that we don't have families with abuse in them, or problems with gossip or judging or alcoholism.

If I did, it would be ridiculous not to call me out on that. But I think the blame for that is better laid at the door of human nature than the precepts of our church. The commandments of God, which we hold sacred, point toward happy, healthy and eternal family relationships and individuals, if faithfully adhered to, but every family has its problems.

As we say: the Church is not a rest home for the recently perfected. And this was only briefly mentioned, but Pattyn does say in the narration, "True, but Jesus had little to do with LDS doctrine. The church is named for him, and we believe that he founded it. Ask any Primary kid what they learn about in class--including my four-year-old sister, who has gone around singing, "Did Jesus Really Live Again? For instance, not only do we not make all our clothes at home, at least in my family, but even if we had time, material and patterns are so expensive that it is much cheaper these days to buy clothes, except in the case of prom dresses.

My mom's sewing projects are the exception rather than the rule. That business about not getting a driver's license--"If your husband wants you to know how to drive he can teach you--" Puh-lease. I'm not even going to rant about that. And the "forbidden" Tolkien and J.

Salinger and Kipling? Give me a break. Rowling, Madeleine L'Engle out of a baby food jar with a spoon. Figuratively speaking. First of all, it only lasts for an hour and a half, and if you could hear the yakking and giggling and carrying on on a Tuesday night, you would wonder how Mutual could possibly be church related. It's a chance to come together and have fun in a safe, accepting setting, make lasting friendships, and learn new things. And who says you can't be drawing closer to God when you're having fun? Last but not least, shame on me if I don't put in a word for my "good Mormon boys.

And my apologies to all you Trevors out there. It's not your fault that your parents are vicious and cruel. For the most part they are great guys, certainly they treat us respectfully and not as "inferior" and they are not all goofy, although I could mention one or two But honestly, the teachings of the gospel and the responsibilities of the priesthood not to mention the intensive Boy Scout program are the secret behind the finest young men I have ever associated with. In any case, Mrs. Hopkins' description of them was completely undeserved.

Oh, and kudos to Jeff Gottesfeld for taking the time to defend a religion not his own from inaccurate representation. As for a real review. Some of the poetry is good, very angsty and very like a teenager. I was hoping Pattyn would find peace with her Aunt J and make her own way in the world. Instead she makes one foolish mistake after another, founds her self-worth in a brief romance with a guy a very nice, hot guy, but she hardly knows, and after everything that Aunt J taught her about love and living, the end is nothing but despair—it didn't fit, it seemed like Mrs.

Hopkins wrote the end just to be different and shocking, rather than writing from her heart. If the message was that Pattyn couldn't possibly find her way to a better life because of the circumstances she was born in, I'd say that's a real bummer of a message, is NOT true and not helpful or hopeful for girls in a similar plight. View all 37 comments. Feb 12, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: , young-adult , poetry.

I found this book Firstly, I didn't realise it was in verse form and when it arrived I was a bit reluctant to begin seeing as my past experiences with novels in verse are Dante's Inferno and Paradise Lost.


Must I say anymore? I went against my initial instinct and found that I loved the way the style just flowed, I read page after page and suddenly realised I'd devoured half the book in less than an hou Wow. I went against my initial instinct and found that I loved the way the style just flowed, I read page after page and suddenly realised I'd devoured half the book in less than an hour this is a book with nearly pages. The story wasn't lost in the poetry and, if anything, it only served to make the story more effective.

The basic plot is that of a strictly religious mormon family, the father is a violent drunk and the mother takes the beatings and verbal abuse simply because she is a woman and her husband is in charge of her. Yeah, seriously. My feminist stomach clenched with anger at that one. Especially when Brother Crandell I think - I don't have the book to hand told Pattyn that the only way she could be redeemed for being born female is to fulfill God's wishes and have lots of babies because that's a woman's role.

This is the kind of book that makes you want to tear your hair out with frustration and violently maim several of the characters. As a woman, I felt the indignity and anger with her. I know that not all Mormons believe that women are useless without men and this is not the typical situation, but it does happen in extreme cases. Not in some other time, a couple of centuries ago, but right now.

The plot takes a rebellious Pattyn, fuelled by teenage hormones, out of this strict, religious world. She is sent to live with her Aunt and finds how different life can be when a relationship is based on love, not fear. But good things can't last forever and eventually her past starts calling her back. I won't spoil the ending, but know this: Burned made me cry, made me angry, made me curious View all 8 comments. Oct 06, Jacob McCabe rated it it was amazing. No words. I've discovered Ellen Hopkins. This is my favorite quote for the book: "God is love," she said. I don't think He cares about religion one little bit.

Live your life right, Pattyn. Love with all your heart. Don't hurt others, and help those in need. That's all you need to know. And don't worry about Heaven. If it exists, you'll be welcome. View 2 comments. Dec 08, Joanne rated it did not like it. This author doesn't have a clue about what Mormonism is about or how women are treated in the LDS church.

Her "writing" sets Mormon women in the same stereotype as fundamental LDS women or even worse. View all 12 comments. View all 3 comments.

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Nov 29, Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , young-adult. I think I will have a hard time reviewing how I felt about this book Shelves: alternate-format-fiction , romance-ya-and-adolescent-lit , christian-kid-and-ya-lit , young-adult-and-adolescent-lit , nyrabooks , realistic-or-urban-kid-and-ya-lit. This page book is written entirely in poems, some simple verse, some experiments with form. Pattyn Von Stratten is a repressed 17 year old who has been raised by an alcoholic, abusive father and an overwhelmed mother.

But, when the school librarian feeds her love of reading, she starts to realize that there is more to life than the sexist society that her bishop encourages. After Pattyn re This page book is written entirely in poems, some simple verse, some experiments with form. Pattyn tries to finish the school year, but a surprise forces her to try to run away and causes the death of a loved one.

The final chapter shows Pattyn vowing revenge and then abruptly ends. While Hopkins does a fantastic job of describing the reluctant Pattyn falling in love with the iconic Ethan, and creates a fantastic mother figure in tough, old Aunt J, the foreboding bits of foreshadowing that she drops every few chapters continually takes the reader out of the present and gives away the ending far too early. And the ending is not satisfying at all.

After Aunt J and Ethan teach her the power of love and after everything she has learned along her journey, at the end of the book she considers something completely out of character. After investing hundreds of pages learning to care for Pattyn, the reader is left with nothing, just a hint at what she might choose to do. Oct 26, Carol Hesprich rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone doubting religion or wanting to defend the LDS Faith, or lived through abuse. Being in the midst of abuse in a personal experience in Utah, the book does hit close to home in many ways and is realistic to the core in some aspects.

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This would be a great book to use in a group discussion of abused survivors and also a reading group. I am going to go back over it and read it again.

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Can be a very helpful and almost therapeutic book Being LDS myself and having some of the LDS beliefs extorted, it reminds me of how much I appreciate the truth of the religion and what I do know. Carol Hesprich This is the first I have read of this author's work, but it will not be the last. I loved and hated this book so much. I hated the way Pattyn was treated by her alcoholic father and their community. They were Mormons and they wanted all women to do as their husband says and didn't care if the wife was beaten.

It's whatever the husband decides. There is a lot more to it, but I'm not going into all of it. Pattyn started hav www. Pattyn started having dreams about boys. She had all of these thoughts about life. She wanted to know things. She was becoming a rebel, at least in the eyes of her family and community. Pattyn finds out the guy she was messing around with was just using her, thank God she didn't go all the way she thinks, but she was so enraged that he dumped her so easy that she threw her bookbag through a window at school. Things continue to escalate when he finds out he is with another girl, who she decides to punch in the face and break her nose.

She wouldn't be a good little Morman girl so he ships her off to his sisters farm in Nevada. Aunt J's house was just about 2 hours away. There were things Pattyn's father did to Aunt J when they were teens that made them become estranged. But let me tell you that Pattyn had the time of her life with Aunt J. I quickly fell in love with this woman. She was so kind to Pattyn. She taught her how to drive, she couldn't believe she was almost 17 and didn't know how to drive.

She taught her to ride horses and help her bring in the Longhorn Cattle on the ranch. Pattyn never had anyone in her family tell her she loved her and showed her like Aunt J. Pattyn felt her mother was just a brood mare that was there to pop out kids until she had a boy. She had 9 girls that included Pattyn and then she got pregnant finally with a boy when Pattyn went to stay the summer with Aunt J.

Pattyn fell in love with the neighbor boy named Ethan. He was so sweet and I loved him too. Ethan lived with his dad on their ranch down from Aunt J's ranch. Aunt J.

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  7. She took her shopping and bought her tons of stuff. Pattyn was beside herself. And she only got a card from one of her sisters from home. Her parents didn't call! They were just jerks. Ethan got her a nice gift too. I won't give out any more spoilers at this point because it soon becomes too real and too sad. I think it's something you.. The only thing I have left to say I knew what was coming View all 6 comments. The whole time it took me to read this, I realized that there was not, nor would there be any closure for me.

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    After the First Council of Nicea CE , Roman emperor Constantine the Great issued an edict against nontrinitarian Arians which included a prescription for systematic book-burning:. And I hereby make a public order, that if someone should be discovered to have hidden a writing composed by Arius, and not to have immediately brought it forward and destroyed it by fire, his penalty shall be death.

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    As soon as he is discovered in this offense, he shall be submitted for capital punishment According to author Rebecca Knuth, multitudes of early Christian texts have been as thoroughly "destroyed" as if they had been publicly burnt. The stories surrounding the loss of the great Library of Alexandria include:.

    Mayenne, France: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, for tales of survival of the collection, in part, into the era of the Caliphate. Activity by Cyril of Alexandria c. Baum, Wilhelm and Dietmar W. London: Routledge. According to the Chronicle of Fredegar , Recared , King of the Visigoths reigned — and first Catholic king of Spain , following his conversion to Catholicism in , ordered that all Arian books should be collected and burned; and all the books of Arian theology were reduced to ashes, along with the house in which they had been purposely collected.

    In , as an outcome of the Disputation of Paris , twenty-four carriage loads of Talmuds and other Jewish religious manuscripts were set on fire by French law officers in the streets of Paris. During the conquest of the Americas and in the aftermath of the encounter between European and indigenous American civilizations, many books written by indigenous peoples were destroyed. De Landa wrote: "We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they the Maya regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.

    The schism between the Church of England and that of the Roman Catholic Church reached a tipping point during the Tudor and Stuart periods of England —, — , when the citizens loyal to Crown and Country sacked Abbeys and Monasteries across the British countryside, and pillaged their valuable books to burn, degrade, or destroy. The Library of Congress was founded in , 24 years after the United States gained its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

    Although there were dissenting voices to this wanton destruction, the conflagration was motivated by a strong desire on the part of the British to humiliate the Americans. Anthony Comstock 's New York Society for the Suppression of Vice , founded in , inscribed book burning on its seal, as a worthy goal to be achieved. All of this material was defined as " lewd " by Comstock's very broad definition of the term — which he and his associates successfully lobbied the United States Congress to incorporate in the Comstock Law.

    Main: Nazi book burnings. The Nazi government decreed broad grounds for burning material:. It was to be published in Spanish-occupied England in the event of the Spanish Armada succeeding in its invasion. Upon the defeat of the Armada, Allen carefully consigned his publication to the fire, and it is only known of through one of Elizabeth's spies, who had stolen a copy. The Hassidic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is reported to have written a book which he himself burned in To this day, his followers mourn "The Burned Book" and seek in their Rabbi's surviving writings for clues as to what the lost volume contained and why it was destroyed.

    Carlo Goldoni is known to have burned his first play, a tragedy called Amalasunta , when encountering unfavorable criticism. Nikolai Gogol burned the second half of his magnum opus Dead Souls , having come under the influence of a priest who persuaded him that his work was sinful; Gogol later described this as a mistake. As noted in Claire Tomalin's intensively researched "The Invisible Woman", Charles Dickens is known to have made a big bonfire of his letters and private papers, as well as asking friends and acquaintances to either return letters which he wrote to them or themselves destroy the letters — and most complied with his request.

    Dickens' purpose was to destroy evidence of his affair with the actress Nelly Ternan.

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    To judge from surviving Dickens letters, the destroyed material — even if not intended for publication — might have had considerable literary merit. In the s Tchaikovsky destroyed the manuscript full score of his first opera, The Voyevoda. During the Soviet period The Voyevoda was posthumously reconstructed from surviving orchestral and vocal parts and the composer's sketches. Joe Shuster , who together with Jerry Siegel created the fictional superhero Superman , in burned the first Superman story when under the impression that it would not find a publisher.

    In Catholic hagiography , Saint Vincent of Saragossa is mentioned as having been offered his life on condition that he consign Scripture to the fire; he refused and was martyred. He is often depicted holding the book which he protected with his life. She is credited with having predicted in an invasion of the then-Pagan Hungarians of her region in Switzerland.

    Her warning allowed the priests and religious of St. Gall and St. Magnus to hide their books and wine and escape into caves in nearby hills. In art, she is commonly represented holding a book to signify the library she saved, and is considered a patron saint of libraries and librarians. During a tour of Thuringia in , Martin Luther became enraged at the widespread burning of libraries along with other buildings during the German Peasants' War , writing Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Peasants in response.

    Otherwise the archives — containing a vast number of documents relating to the years' history of the Abbey as well as some 1, irreplaceable manuscript codices , chiefly patristic and historical — would have been destroyed in the Allied air bombing which almost completely destroyed the Abbey shortly afterwards. Also saved by the two officers' prompt action were the collections of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House in Rome which had been sent to the Abbey for safety in December At risk to his own life, Korkut smuggled the Haggadah out of Sarajevo and gave it for safekeeping to a Muslim cleric in Zenica , where it was hidden until the end of the war under the floorboards of either a mosque or a Muslim home.

    The Haggadah again survived destruction during the wars which followed the breakup of Yugoslavia. In 's France, a group of anti-fascist exiles created a Library of Burned Books which housed all the books that Adolf Hitler had destroyed. This library contained copies of titles that were burned by the Nazis in their campaign to cleanse German culture of Jewish and foreign influences such as pacifist and decadent literature.

    The Nazis themselves planned to make a "museum" of Judaism once the Final Solution was complete to house certain books that they had saved. When Virgil died, he left instructions that his manuscript of the Aeneid was to be burnt , as it was a draft version with uncorrected faults and not a final version for release.

    However, this instruction was ignored. It is mainly to the Aeneid , published in this "imperfect" form, that Virgil owes his lasting fame — and it is considered one of the great masterpieces of classical literature as a whole. Had Brod carried out Kafka's instructions, virtually the whole of Kafka's work — except for a few short stories published in his lifetime — would have been lost forever. Most critics, at the time and up to the present, justify Brod's decision. A similar case concerns the noted American poet Emily Dickinson , who died in and left to her sister Lavinia the instruction of burning all her papers.

    Lavinia Dickinson did burn almost all of her sister's correspondences, but interpreted the will as not including the forty notebooks and loose sheets, all filled with almost poems; these Lavinia saved and began to publish the poems that year.