I remember seeing Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott everywhere just a few months ago. I have to admit, it wasn’t really for me then and that hasn’t exactly changed much now. I’ll be frank in this, I don’t really know a whole lot about Joan of Arc. Admittedly, I’ve never really been pulled to want to read about her and so the hype that this got for a while went right over my head. I’m also kind of weirded out by the fact that parts of this book are told from the voice of objects that were in her life. Honestly, I just don’t see myself wanting to read this and as much as that is something I find vaguely disappointing–I’m well aware that she is an important female historical figure–I just can’t seem to help my lack of interest. And I don’t think this is the book that will get me involved in caring enough to read about her. Granted, this is one of those books where I would love to invite all of you to change my mind if you really think that this book is worth my time. You see, I might be hesitant to read it, but if there are enough people out there who see this story as one I shouldn’t pass up, I’ll go ahead and give it a try. So, please, if you like this book, speak up and let me know because in that case I should really probably give it a bit more of a chance than I have thus far.
Author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination centuries after her extraordinary life and death.
Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood). Along the way it explores issues such as gender, misogyny, and the peril of speaking truth to power. Before Joan of Arc became a saint, she was a girl inspired. It is that girl we come to know in Voices.
How do you feel about Voices thus far? Does it sound like a book you’d be interested in reading? Is this sort of portrayal of Joan of Arc one that you think might be worthwhile? Are you like me and feel like you wouldn’t enjoy reading it? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below! And happy reading, everyone!