The Giant Joshua

By Maurine Whipple
A LONG and powerful novel of the Mormons in the process of colonizing Utah. The author has studied her subject deeply and with sympathy. She gives full credit to the immense heroism and devotion of the Mormon settlers and she is implacably bitter against the treatment they received from ‘Gentiles’ and the United States Government. But the main theme of her book is plural marriage — the problems, the unhappiness, the complications of that strange institution. Her book is an intensely feminine portrait of a man and his three wives, all of them finely presented. A male reader will be interested chiefly in the background, but women will read this psychological study with fascination. The title is inconsequential until one learns that it means the giant Cactus of the desert.