By: Miriam Toews
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews showed many experiences related to situations that occur in an individual’s daily life. The novel shows evidence that proves dysfunctional in a relationship such as husband and wife relations, a child and a mother relations or relations between two sisters who live a different life.
In everyday life, a relation is always identified as trust and support. In this novel, a relation between a husband and a wife is shown in a different way. Min, one of the characters in the story, is shown losing her mental stability and is living with her two children. She did not have any contact with her husband in few years and neither did he try to contact her. Nobody knew where Cherkis was but the reason behind him getting lost was Min. Min was never happy with him. Just like in every relationship, one has to be understanding and Cherkis was. He tried to take care of Min but she always hated him and forced herself to not to get help from anyone and because of this Cherkis couldn’t save their marriage and went away from Min’s life forever. “I had wanted Logan to understand that Cherkis hadn’t decided one morning on a whim to leave his family, to blithely take off for something better and more exciting and leave his kids confused and angry and sad, but in fact Min had forced him to leave,” Hattie thought(Page 129). The author tried to give out a massage that to believe someone and to support them are two different but major things that are necessary in every relationship. In this book, Min threw Cherkis out of her life and he too felt tired of her mental instability which shouldn’t happen. Cherkis should’ve supported her and who knows the end might have been different.
The relations between sisters are as strong as a husband wife relation. Hattie, Min’s sister comes back from Paris and sees things different. Her sister is in hospital, and her kids are immature. Min is so...