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Book Title: Mr Wroe's Virgins|
The author of the book: Jane Rogers
Edition: Time Warner Books UK
Date of issue: August 2nd 2001
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.76 MB
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ISBN 13: 9780349113265
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Mr. Wroe is the Prophet of the Christian Israelites and one day he gets a message that he’s supposed to take seven virgins into his household. And his congregants are eager to offer up their daughters - the young ones, the ones to crippled or mentally deficient to marry otherwise, the unwanted niece. Some want to be chosen - the pious old maid and the beautiful egotist with a secret that needs to be hidden.
What I first assumed seemed to be incorrect. After all, what else would a man want with seven virgins but to take advantage of them? But then it seemed that something else was going on - a large newly built home just needs servants to take care of it, and no one thinks anything of Mr. Wroe’s friend sleeping in his antechamber behind locked doors, right?
But that’s all turned on it’s head eventually and it’s a wonder of did he? Did she? Who’s telling the truth?
The story is told from the point of view of four of the seven women. One is pious and believes in the Prophet wholeheartedly and will do whatever he says that God says is right. Another is vain and egocentric and has more lies in her than truths. The third and fourth are not even Christian Israelites and they do not always understand what their Sisters do. One of them is a socialist looking to reform the world and the other comes to the household more animal than human. And it’s interesting to see her evolve into a thinking, dreaming, human being.
The most fascinating aspect of the story is that it is based from fact. Unfortunately, although it is known that this Mr. Wroe did indeed take seven women into his household, nothing is known about the woman themselves. Or maybe that’s fortunate, because it allows Jane Rogers to weave this intriguing tale.
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Jane Rogers is an award winning author of nine novels, including The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Man-Booker longlisted and winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012.
Other works include Mr Wroe's Virgins (which she dramatised for the BAFTA-nominated BBC drama series), Her Living Image (Somerset Maugham Award) and Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Fiction Award). Her story collection Hitting Trees with Sticks was shortlisted for the 2013 Edgehill Award, and the title story was a BBC National Short story award winner.
Jane is Emerita Professor of Writing and also writes radio dramas and adaptations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Banbury, UK.
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