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First off I didn’t really like the narrator. She had an annoying way of speaking which ranged from way too annunciated to sounding like she needed a sip of water.
The book itself is irritating in a sense because the author seems to be overcompensating and buying into the false perceptions her subjects have. Naturally anyone listening to this will wonder “are they right?” about some basic stats that are repeatedly referenced by the “rural” people, specifically that they don’t get their “fair share” of government expenditures. It takes many chapters before she addresses this question and seems to kind of tap dance around it and find a way to say they’re not totally wrong, then give the facts and, in fact, they’re totally wrong. Since this is a key premise of the book, I saw it as the whole meaning of the book should be “how do we get the rural people to understand that the injustice is not anyone else’s fault and in fact they are the ones being disproportionately helped” but instead she frames it as a legitimate concern along the lines of “the rural people are angry because they feel they don’t get their fair share so how do we accommodate them?” I was hoping to come away understanding their surprisingly well argued valid concerns and instead came away angry at them and resenting them for not caring to know any correct facts and being racist, lazy and narrow minded.
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