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ISBN: 0821418149
Author: P. L. Gaus
Language: English
Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (July 8, 2008)
Pages: 184
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
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In Gaus's excellent sixth Ohio Amish mystery (after 2006's A Prayer for the Night), Enos Erb, an Amish farmer . Separate from the World cleverly shows the conflicts within the Amish community over dealing with science and the "English" (the non-Amish).

In Gaus's excellent sixth Ohio Amish mystery (after 2006's A Prayer for the Night), Enos Erb, an Amish farmer, makes an unusual request of Michael Branden, burned-out history professor and amateur sleuth, given that the Amish practice nonviolence and have no use for the justice system of the outside English world. Erb wants the professor's help finding his brother's murderer. 4 people found this helpful.

Separate from the World. The 6th book in the Ohio Amish mystery series

Separate from the World. Amish-Country Mysteries by. . Gaus (Goodreads Author). The 6th book in the Ohio Amish mystery series. I've been wishing from the start that the story writing by Gaus would improve because I love the local scenery and his writing of all things Amish, but after reading the last one ( I didn't have much hope of them getting any better and wasn't even sure if I would read the last one I had sitting here. Imagine my surprise when I decided to read it so I could give them back to my friend on her next visit, and I found this last book to be really real The 6th book in the Ohio Amish mystery series.

PAUL LOUIS GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio, just a few miles north of Holmes . Other Amish-Country Mysteries by P. L. Gaus. A Prayer for the Night. Separate from the World.

PAUL LOUIS GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio, just a few miles north of Holmes County, where the world’s largest and most varied settlement of Amish and Mennonite people is found. His knowledge of the culture of the Plain People stems from more than thirty years of extensive exploration of the narrow blacktop roads and lesser gravel lanes of this pastoral community, which includes several dozen sects of Anabaptists living closely among the so-called English or Yankee non-Amish people of the county. Blood of the Prodigal.

Описание: Book 2 of the Amish-Country Mysteries, Broken English compulsively explores a fascinating culture set purposely apart

Описание: Book 2 of the Amish-Country Mysteries, Broken English compulsively explores a fascinating culture set purposely apart. In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English," who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed

Gaus's Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges . Praise for Separate from the World.

Gaus's Amish-Country Mysteries examine the ethical, moral and scriptural nuances of the Amish, and the challenges their community faces co-existing with technology and temptations of the modern world. -Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News (Ohio). Praise for Clouds without Rain. e has great admiration for the Amish themselves, writing with quiet gravity about aspects of their lives rarely shown to strangers. -Marilyn Stasio, New York Times.

Amish-Country Mysteries by .

The Amish-Country Mysteries (scroll to the bottom of this page to view the book covers). Murder mysteries about Amish people may seem counter-intuitive, but in his Amish-Country Mysteries, . Gaus illuminates Amish culture in stories that are as unique as the Amish themselves. Who are the Amish, and why do they hold themselves apart from the rest of us?

Enos Erb, an Amish farmer, makes an unusual request of Michael Branden, burned-out history professor and amateur sleuth, given that the Amish practice nonviolence and have no use for the justice system of the outside English world.

Enos Erb, an Amish farmer, makes an unusual request of Michael Branden, burned-out history professor and amateur sleuth, given that the Amish practice nonviolence and have no use for the justice system of the outside English world. People's unwillingness to confront evil hampers Branden's investigation, which gets interrupted by the apparent suicide of a coed, campus unrest and the kidnapping of an Amish child.

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As another college year draws to an end, Professor Michael Branden is weary after nearly thirty years of teaching. Sitting in his office on a warm spring day, he receives an unexpected visit from an Amish man who claims his brother, a dwarf like himself, has been murdered. Their discussion of the odd details of the case is interrupted by a commotion on campus, which turns out to be the apparent suicide of a young woman, who, it seems, has leapt to her death from the college bell tower.The investigations of these two deaths become intertwined as Professor Branden again teams up with his colleagues Pastor Cal Troyer and Sheriff Bruce Robertson to seek explanations for these bizarre events.Separate from the World is a story of a rift between two Amish factions, one that favors the use of medicine and that participates in a college study of genetic traits particular to the Amish community, and the other that rejects any outside influence.Once more, P. L. Gaus takes us inside a separate culture and, in a manner both gentle and grim, highlights the complex relationship of the Amish and the “English” as they live inside or outside each other’s orbits.

Comments:

Xellerlu
This book was received in very good shape and in the allotted time frame. The plot was interesting and I enjoyed reading it.
Agrainel
This book was confusing with several plots running at the sametime. If I had not read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, I would not be buying anymore books in the series.
tamada
Great books to read if you have ever wondered about the workings of the Amish country and it's people and customs.
Otrytrerl
If you switched Agatha Christie over a century and placed her in the middle of Amish country you would have "Separate from the World", it is that type of a cozy.
Here you have Professor Michael Branden, teacher at a small town college and a native of the area, who has been best friends with the local sheriff, Bruce Robertson, since grade school. Along with another grade school buddy, Caleb Troyer, the local pastor, the trio becomes this group of investigators in a series of books that Gaus gives us, solving mysteries that involve the complexity of the Amish.
In "Separate from the World", we meet the Erb family, and it's descendants, that through apparent cross breeding with the families, has developed an unusual number of dwarf's in the gene pool. The study of the genetics, blood studies and inbreeding becomes a study subject for a number of the students at neighboring at Millersburg College, and surprisingly the Erb family provides them with family history until the split in the Amish way of life is discovered and the elder forbids any further discussion with the students.
At the same time an apparent suicide of a female student opens an investigation into improprieties from another professor which opens the lead for Gaus to link her death with the controversial genetics study into the Erb family. He leads us a circuitous route, unraveling clues until the very last moment, leading to a very satisfying ending.
Separate from the World: An Ohio Amish Mystery (The Amish-Country Mysteries)
Golkis
Separate from the World is the sixth in a series of mysteries set in the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio. The author, Paul L. Gaus teaches chemistry at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and lives near many of Ohio's Amish communities. He is familiar with the Amish and sympathetic with their views.

The book begins with the apparent accidental death of an Amish man and the apparent suicide of a college girl. These seemingly unrelated events are followed by more strange occurrences. It seems impossible that there could be any connection between all of these incidents but of course there is and Gaus cleverly leads us to the solution. The "detective" is Michael Brandon, a professor of history at the college. Brandon is assisted (and sometimes hindered) by his friends, the sheriff and a local minister, as well as by his wife.

At the beginning Brandon is depressed by the grading he has to do at the end of the academic year and wonders if he should give up teaching after more than thirty years. Then the death of the girl who was one of his students does not help. At the same time an Amish man visits him and tells him that the apparent suicide of his brother was really murder. Of course, I will not tell you much more of the clever plot. I don't want to spoil the joy of your matching your wits with Brandon in solving the mysteries.

The author shows real understanding of Amish culture and also of the culture of academe. And, although he is sympathetic with both worlds, he shows the darker sides of each as well. In the academic world, we read about student cheating, partying and studying; faculty and student protests against war and the police: and the pressures of presidential fund raising. Town/gown problems are evident here as well.

Amish beliefs and culture are portrayed sympathetically but the "English," as the Amish refer to outsiders, are frustrated and sometimes angered by the non-resistance of the Amish. When asked if they are not going to do anything to protect themselves, they answer that they are praying. The Amish show patience and peace throughout their troubles. They believe that suffering is God's will for them and that they will grow through the process.

Following is a fragment of a conversation between the professor and the Amish man,

"Humility is the ..."

"Yes, I know - the strongest virtue."

"No Professor. The most beautiful virtue."

The "English" are upset with what they believe are inconsistencies in the Amish use or refusal to use technology or science. One of the problems in the book is that there is a split in the Amish congregation about whether or not to cooperate with a genetic study by college professors and students. Scientists want to study the occurrence of genetic defects among the Amish because of the limited gene pool among them due to the fact that few outsiders marry Amish. On the other hand the Amish believe that the "English" are also inconsistent. The Amish bishop says to Brandon, "Answer this question for me, Professor. We do not understand. How can English be opposed to abortion but in favor of war? Or how can English be opposed to war but in favor of abortion? Are they not both killing?"

I have given just a few of the thought-provoking descriptions of college and Amish life contained in the book. The reader can learn much about both cultures from this captivating and well-written mystery.

This review originally appeared in
THE ENGLEWOOD REVIEW OF BOOKS, Vol. 1, #43
Rose Of Winds
I enjoyed "Prodigal Son" and decided to try another of P.L. Gaus' books. But this one was just okay. The main problem was that that there were basically only one "bad" guy and no other suspects, no red herrings. It didn't make the plot very interesting.
Akirg
[[ASIN:0821418157 Separate from the World: An Ohio Amish Mystery
This is the sixth book in a series by Gaus. It reminds me of the Hillerman books about SW Native Americans, in that a good story is used to convey understanding about various aspects of a different element (in this case Amish) of American culture. Most of the books in the series are quite good, although the second, Broken English, dove too deeply into technical aspects of weaponry and destroyed the focus on the human element. Separate from the World cleverly shows the conflicts within the Amish community over dealing with science and the "English" (the non-Amish).
Very interesting book. I may read more in the future. I love the Amish fiction.

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