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The Visionist An enthralling debut novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge but perhaps not in an s Shaker community In this exquisite transporting debut year old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family f

  • Title: The Visionist
  • Author: Rachel Urquhart
  • ISBN: 9780316228114
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Visionist By Rachel Urquhart, An enthralling debut novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge but perhaps not in an 1840s Shaker community.In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15 year old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope It is the Era of Manifestations, when yoAn enthralling debut novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge but perhaps not in an 1840s Shaker community.In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15 year old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of Visionist and bringing renown to their settlements The City of Hope has not yet been blessed with a Visionist, but that changes when Polly arrives and is unexpectedly exalted As she struggles to keep her dark secrets concealed in the face of increasing scrutiny, Polly finds herself in a life changing friendship with a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who will stake everything including her faith on Polly s honesty and purity.

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    1. this is a lovely and haunting novel that takes place in a shaker community in massachusetts in 1842 polly is a fifteen year old girl who has endured years of poverty and abuse at the hands of her father silas who has managed to drive their farm into the ground her younger brother ben was left developmentally damaged after silas tried to drown him when ben was just a baby, and their mother is resigned to her lot, having been impregnated and tricked into marriage when she was only thirteen, after [...]

    2. Hahaha This is another Aw, shit production I love Hachette.So this wasn t the story for me.I think all the things I was supposed to get from it, I missed I got a lot of other things, instead.The story is ok, though I never bought into it which is probably why I didn t enjoy it as much as others have I think I was expecting The Scarlet Letter and less melodrama.For me, this was tale made of throwing the following into a blender and then hitting the FRAPPE button Polly who flees the farm with her [...]

    3. In 1842, in a Shaker community in Massachusetts, Polly and her brother Ben are brought there by their mother, who then leaves Polly and her family had suffered mightily at the hands of their abusive father I knew very little about this religion and the novel does a wonderful job describing their beliefs, men and woman live apart, no carnal knowledge allowed their clothing, their food and the jobs they do to keep the community running Sister Charity is the one assigned to show and teach Polly wha [...]

    4. I ve finally finished Most people will know I ve struggled through this one I m not sure why the story itself was ok It was very descriptive which I do tend to like but it on this occasion I found it distracting from the story and also the issues such as sin, forgiveness, which weren t deeply explored Starting from a point of knowing the story before the investigator trying to uncover it was frustrating and I struggled to warn to any of the characters.

    5. Shakers, the Shaking Quakers because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services , a lesser known branch off, though very intriguing as far as religious sects go Nearly cult like in its aspectsnying family bonds, taking over all material possessions, seclusion from the world From the downright silly cutting food into squares instead of triangles, bowlcuts for men to WTF no inside pets to downright self exterminating no sex , this wasn t a situation build to last And in fact it didn t, it [...]

    6. In the 1990 s my husband, a real estate broker, took me to a location in rural Massachusetts that had been a Shaker community It was on a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and stream with a vast expanse of sky The property was on the market for such a reasonable price I was shocked The buildings left were stark and eerie in their vastness and simplicity There was a barn and a main building A lone sheep made its way across a narrow stream We went into the main building made of weathered blue w [...]

    7. Rachel Urquhart s beautifully written debut novel is set in 1842 in a Massachusetts Shaker community called the City of Hope The story is told through the eyes of its three main characters Polly is a fifteen year old girl who has fled a life of abuse and degradation She finds refuge, acceptance, and friendship in the Shaker community Sister Charity is a devoted Shaker who has lived in the City of Hope since she was left there as a baby Her unfailing faith, and her friendship with Polly are teste [...]

    8. Reminds me what a joy it is to read a GOOD first novel Here s my review for NPR npr 2014 01 14 2610731

    9. This was not an easy read Though I got the gist of the story in the end I m left with a hazy impression of its conclusion The climax was leading towards a happy reunion of the Kimball family and a satisfying defeat of the greedy land grabbers in play I was waiting for the in your face moment when Sister Agnes realizes she went after the wrong sibling to secure her end a vindication of Polly in Charity s eyes and satisfaction for Simon who was unhappy with his forced walk on the unsavory side of [...]

    10. This debut novel is so well written, and I was totally captivated with the characters and the story Set in 1842, the story revolves around a young teenage girl and her family after she and her much younger brother are taken to a Shaker community for refuge and safety The family is in crisis, and Polly, the young girl, is especially troubled, torn between the goodness she finds in many ways in this Shaker village, the repression she also feels in this place, and anxiety over her mother and the fu [...]

    11. This book has some clear villains And clear innocents And reluctant heroes Each with their own motivation and perspective At its heart, this is actually a story of love and intrigue woven into a Shaker community in Massachusetts It takes a few chapters to get the characters in motion, but by the end the story has plenty of momentum And the ending is a satisfying one A strong sense of place and believable characters It doesn t take much than that to spin a good yarn.

    12. Polly Kimball has had a difficult childhood An abusive, alcoholic father, a tired mother and a young brother who is her responsibility Just once she took her eyes off him and went to complete a chore and it nearly ended in tragedy With the very real fear that her father might kill them to take her mother s family farm, Polly sets fire to the cottage and she, her mother and her younger brother flee, leaving her father to burn.Polly s mother takes them to the City of Hope, a Shaker religious commu [...]

    13. I received this book for free as a giveaway I didn t know anything about Shakers before reading this novel Except maybe the furniture So I was a bit apprehensive about it, would it be contemporary enough to keep my interest Absolutely The story of young Polly who is given away to a Shaker community after a family tragedy could easily be a modern tale I loved how the 3 main characters each took alternating chapters to tell their side of the story The author really knew the religious and the histo [...]

    14. Ultimately, there is redemption, and justice But only for some Really haunting, but a wholly unsatisfying ending I suppose that s life, though It doesn t resolve in a neat package It fits and starts, breaks and mends.And yes, this is babbly, because others have done just fine in recapping the story in their reviews and I don t need to repeat that work I m also unsure how to compartmentalize my feelings about this haunting, sad story that ends with uplifted, vague hope.Truly a unique and rewardin [...]

    15. This book was chosen by one of my book clubs Told in alternating chapters by three main characters the story unravels but yet there is an element of mystery that is suspended Learning about the Shaker community was the part of this book I enjoyed the most as I found it so informative but the general pace of the story was quite slow I would like to see how this author develops though and would read other books she releases.

    16. Skipped to the end and no Just no I m not subjecting myself to finishing this book Maybe I m overly tired, maybe I m being overly judgmental, but this book is horrid The language is stilted, the plot sounded great, but the characters have issues than those in a soap opera and the ending was just sad Not for me.

    17. Ach, das Ding mit dem zweiten GesichtDas Buch Polly lebt zusammen mit ihrer Mutter, Bruder und dem unbarmherzigen Vater auf einer Farm in Massachusetts, 19 Jahrhundert Doch dann steht die Farm in Flammen, der Vater kommt um und Polly fl chtet zusammen mit ihrem Bruder in die Shaker Gemeinde Eine strenggl ubige Gemeinschaft, stark abgeschirmt von der Au enwelt Hier f hlt sie sich so sicher, dass sie schnell zur Seherin deklariert wird Bis ein Privatermittler ihr auf die Schliche kommt Hat Polly e [...]

    18. The Visionist is an excellent read It has strong literary elements, but they are unobtrusive and take a back seat to the action This book is an exciting thriller and it was difficult to put down when I needed to attend to my real life The story is dark, so I wouldn t recommend it for those looking for a fun or sweet book I do not think it a religious believer s novel, but it respectfully describes the life of the Shakers, an offshoot of the Quaker religion The writing is absolutely gorgeous desp [...]

    19. I requested this book because of its fascinating synopsis On the one hand it was giving me a bit of a The Scarlet Letter vibe, while also feeling slightly fantastical In the end, this book was nothing I expected and yet gave me everything I could ve asked of it.The plot is one that jumps between different narrators We switch between the same three characters and through that the reader gets different insights into the story, which was a great choice on the part of Urquhart because when an integr [...]

    20. I won this in a Good Reads First Reads giveaway.This is a difficult novel to sum up one s feelings on There was much about it that I admired, not least the ethereal nomenclature of the Shaker world that early image of the gathering of herbs, like with like, in sheets, set the bar very high but the problem with the novel is that it never immerses itself in that world as it might and as the title leaves one feeling it will There is always this half baked mystery nagging at the hem of the piece who [...]

    21. I expected to be put off by Urquhat s portrayal of the Shakers during the Era of Manifestations, but in general she did a good job with the scenes set in a fictional Shaker village The the main plot, however, about characters scheming to grab land, was awkward, repetitive,and uninteresting.Urquhat s portrait of the Shaker Eldress was complex and insightful not only did she see into the souls of her charges, but she was a pragmatist who believed it was her religious duty to increase the community [...]

    22. This novel is set in a unique setting Charity, an adolescent girl, has spent her entire life in a New England Shaker community With little knowledge of the world beyond that utopian compound, she is developing into the ideal Shaker Polly arrives at that Shaker community with her baby brother, fleeing a life time of brutal abuse and molestation at the hands of her alcoholic father, abuse that is escalating into the real threat of murder Being Charity s first peer, they become close friends and of [...]

    23. The Visionist is set in the City of Hope, a Shaker community in Massachusetts in 1842 Fifteen year old Polly and her brother are hidden in the City of Hope by their mother after a fire destroyed their farm and killed their father While her brother Benjamin accepts their new situation, Polly struggles to adjust to the different way of life, inio part because of the secrets she carries with her While being viewed with suspicion at first, she is soon hailed as a visionist , which brings even scrut [...]

    24. Actually, I d like to give this book 3.5 starsor maybe even 3.75 More about why I didn t, later I was aware of the Shakers, but not much beyond the fact that they made great furniture, lived sparsely and believed that sex was filthyerefore, men and women were never togethererefore, there are no Shakers This book filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge Reading this book left me feeling a little like I d been peeking in someone s windows the inner workings of The City of Hope were portrayed that [...]

    25. I read it over Christmas, an appropriate time for reading about the mysteries of faith, sin, and redemption The Shaker settlement and the outside World of mid 19th century Massachusetts are both meticulously and convincingly brought to life The novel is narrated through three points of view Sister Charity of the City of Hope and Simon Pryor from the World both speak in the first person, as they struggle to understand the throes of events around them Sister Charity, the self deceiving innocent, b [...]

    26. This book receives a 3.5 rating from me I received this book as a first reads give a way As a historian, I was very interested in the way in which a fictional account would portray the Shakers Urquhart s presents the reader with an intriguing story, though it is quite slow to start Admittedly, there were some parts of the story that are difficult to follow I also feel that the reader would have benefited from an author s note or afterword that explained a bit about the Shaker culture and why th [...]

    27. In this meticulous debut novel, Polly Kimball sets fire to her home, killing her father, in order to escape his abuse She finds shelter in a Shaker community not yet blessed with a Visionist during the Era of Manifestations, as extraordinary visions were sweeping across Shaker communities in the Northeast Shortly after arriving in the City of Hope, Polly shocks her new refuge by demonstrating that she, in actuality, is a Visionist.But Polly harbors secrets and well as mysticism, and the two addi [...]

    28. I guess I was expecting a slightly different story than what I ended up with This book is probably most interesting and notable for its setting in a Shaker settlement, but I think I was expecting of a mystery than what was presented Also, the Polly as Visionist story actually didn t seem as developed as it should have been However, I liked the alternating viewpoints, though I felt like Elder Sister Agnes character was not terribly consistent I feel a bit ambivalent about the end, as well The bo [...]

    29. This book started off interesting, but then lost me in the middle I felt for Polly, and actually for most of the characters in this novel, but it didn t hook me back in I liked the ending, but overall felt the book was a 3 3.5.

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