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Plain Truth

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Publisher: Washington Square Press

4.0
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 432 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional , German

Isbn-10: 0671776134 | Isbn-13: 9780671776138 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Hardcover , Library Binding , School & Library Binding , eBook , Others , Audio Cassette , Mass Market Paperback

Category: Family, Sex & Relationships , Fiction & Literature , Law

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Book Description

A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm....

Plain Truth

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life -- and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.

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    Like every other novels of Jody Picoult I have read, also Plain Truth underlines the excellent style of the writer, her bright eye for detail, her delicate but at the same time complex way to describe the human relationships.
    The story can be read form different points of view, as each chapter i ...continue

    Like every other novels of Jody Picoult I have read, also Plain Truth underlines the excellent style of the writer, her bright eye for detail, her delicate but at the same time complex way to describe the human relationships. The story can be read form different points of view, as each chapter is dedicated to the most important characters who tell us what happens throughout their feelings and their opinions. We know how Katie Fisher, an Amish eighteen years old girl who lives according to the literal teachings of Christ. Katie has been accused of murdering her child, but committing a murder is the most arrogant act there is for Plain folks: to decide you have the power of God, to take someone else's life. This is the defensive line taken by Kate's lawyer Ellie Hathaway a young 39 years old woman and Kate's distant cousin. In preparation for the trial, Ellie lives with the Fishers on their farm and learns the customs of the Amish. The very first thing you learn as an Amish kid is that there's always a higher authority to yield to--whether it's your parents, the greater good of the community, or God. They're people, like anyone else. But the difference is that they try to lead a quiet, peaceful Christian life . Katie wanted to get married, to have children, but she'd always assumed it would happen the way it happened to everyone else in her world. Discovering she was pregnant with an English man's child, and unwed--both glaringly against the Amish norm--it led right to being shunned, which was something her mind wasn't equipped to handle. She doesn't know about murder, she can't remember exactly what happened that morning when her child was born, but she does know how to fix things in her life when they're messed up. If you make a mistake and you repent, you're forgiven. You're welcomed back. If you lie, and keep lying, there won't be a place for you. She doesn't know how to be selfish and she isn't certainly not selfish enough to kill another human being with intent. If you follow the Ordnung, you are right. If you break the rules, you get shunned. Ellie puts in evidence that our culture promotes individuality, while the Amish are deeply entrenched in community. She has based an entire legal defence on the fact that an Amish woman would not, could not, commit murder. So, who is the guilty? The baby had disappeared when Katie was asleep--and the reason she didn't remember wrapping and hiding his body was because she had not been the one to do it. Until the end of the novel we don't know what exactly happened and in addition to this there is a twist that leaves the reader without words...

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  • 4

    以懸疑或犯罪小說來說,這本書的情節安排並不特別出色,很早就可以猜出誰是真正的兇手。 但作者在其他方面的處理卻是很不錯的。對於Amish人的觀察及描寫深入而且客觀。將律師為打贏官司的不擇手段和AMISH人的道德價值觀之間的對比;美國人崇尚個人主義和Amish人群體主義的對比也很發人深省。整體來說,還是值得一看的小說!

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    --------------(以下是書中的錯誤,僅供參考)-------------- (勘到56頁。) 1.p20,line 9→啪地一聲(X) 啪的一聲(O) 2.p39,line 15→砰地一聲(X) 砰的一聲(O)

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    [當你是阿米緒人,家庭就是一切]而凱蒂郤未婚生子了??她瞞著所有的人懷孕,一出生孩子死了,是因病菌感染所造成,還是怕自己不見容於家庭而殺嬰呢? 姻親兼律師的艾莉,一開始認為她是殺嬰的凶手,以此方向為她找辯護詞,在生活數個月後,她發現凱蒂是愛孩子的,而且在阿米緒人的信仰中,只要懺悔,必得原諒,但不得犯下殺生,所以,凱蒂真的只是忘郤了當時最重要的記憶,醒來發現嬰孩已死亡,絕無殺嬰,最終,與檢查官達成協議,有罪,但判帶上電子腳鐐一年,大家都很滿意這樣的判決,但事實是什麼呢?...凱蒂的媽...她怕凱蒂因帶著孩子,而不見容於家庭,所以,她靜靜的悶死了嬰孩..

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    這部的主軸背景是阿米緒人 主角是費雪家的18歲小女兒凱蒂 被控謀殺甫出生的男嬰 剛完成一樁委任案的紅牌律師艾莉 返回舅媽農場休息 擺脫都市中一切的不真實 在舅媽的請求下 她答應當不歡迎外人的阿米緒女孩凱蒂的辯護律師 只是 凱蒂從未對她說真話 這讓一向打勝戰的艾莉很挫敗
    真實的真相是 凱蒂和被逐出阿米緒社區的哥哥每月往來一次 藉由探視哥哥她認識了哥哥的好友兼房東亞當 兩人陷入愛戀並發生關係 亞當以靈魂的探索為主題離開前往愛爾蘭 凱蒂卻意外懷孕 32週時提前分娩在牛欄內 昏迷不醒幾分鐘後 嬰兒不見了 她回房睡覺 把一切交予天父
    直到隔天早上被發現嬰屍 經檢察官相驗是窒息而亡 凱蒂被控謀 ...continue

    這部的主軸背景是阿米緒人 主角是費雪家的18歲小女兒凱蒂 被控謀殺甫出生的男嬰 剛完成一樁委任案的紅牌律師艾莉 返回舅媽農場休息 擺脫都市中一切的不真實 在舅媽的請求下 她答應當不歡迎外人的阿米緒女孩凱蒂的辯護律師 只是 凱蒂從未對她說真話 這讓一向打勝戰的艾莉很挫敗 真實的真相是 凱蒂和被逐出阿米緒社區的哥哥每月往來一次 藉由探視哥哥她認識了哥哥的好友兼房東亞當 兩人陷入愛戀並發生關係 亞當以靈魂的探索為主題離開前往愛爾蘭 凱蒂卻意外懷孕 32週時提前分娩在牛欄內 昏迷不醒幾分鐘後 嬰兒不見了 她回房睡覺 把一切交予天父 直到隔天早上被發現嬰屍 經檢察官相驗是窒息而亡 凱蒂被控謀殺 ..

    我覺得 並沒有如書評所言 的到最後劇情急轉直下 反而在一開始故意忽略凱蒂的父母 讓人很容易猜到 在凱蒂昏迷時 把嬰孩抱走的是母親 因為現場還留有一個和凱蒂一樣大的鞋印 還好最後證實 嬰孩是感染了病毒出生即死亡 凱蒂不提抗辯 全案以判凱蒂一年期電子腳繚終結 艾莉與大學男友也因這案子再續前緣而復合

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    看了好幾本Jodi Picoult的書,都有結局稍微草率,卻又想要在短篇幅急轉直下的感覺,這本鋪陳的又讓人早早猜到真相為何,精彩度普普...

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