I am completely torn on how I feel about adding The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee to my TBR. On the one hand, this book sounds like it has some truly fascinating elements that I would not in a million years want to pass on. And on the other, it seems like it could be a ginormous flop. I’m not sure which it will turn out to be and that’s what has me hesitant. I mean, if I end up not liking this book I’ll be really annoyed that I spent time on it. And so, based on the synopsis, I’m on the fence. I don’t know much about the sort of communities (I believe they’re typically Amish?) that keep themselves separated from the rest of the world and have this policy of choosing to stay forever or leaving forever. I don’t know enough about these sort of lifestyles to really have a fair opinion of them, either, though I lean toward not liking them for myself. And I’m not one hundred percent sure that reading a book like this will be very informative. If it isn’t, I won’t have the tools to figure out why. So.
The Great Unknowable End mixes bad family life with a mother who abandoned her children and a brother who disappears to leave his family behind and join what’s described as a hippie community with the intricacies of a society in which the members are insistent upon staying separate from the rest of the world. And the story sounds thoroughly intriguing but it also sounds like the sort of plotline that could be dangerous in the sense that this book might not end well. And I just don’t know. I’d rather defer to someone else here.
What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Is it executed well? Do you think you’ll add it to your TBR? Will you pass? Let me know in the comments!