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Disobedience | [Naomi Alderman]

Disobedience

For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she returns home. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.
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Publisher's Summary

For Ronit Krushka, 32, single and living on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. But when she learns of the death of her estranged father, the preeminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, she leaves behind her Friday-night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends to return home. Her dual mission there is to mourn her father and to collect a single heirloom of her mother's. But as she reconnects with old acquaintances and the traditional ebb and flow of the community, Ronit becomes more than a stranger in her old home: she becomes a threat.

Set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Disobedience explores a devout and closed world to discover the importance of moving on - and what we lose when we do.

©2006 N. Alderman Ltd.; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating...a meditation on faith, belonging, and self-emancipation." (Guardian)
"Accomplished...offering a glimpse of a closeted and surprisingly English nook of British society. Alderman has a bold comic touch." (Observer)
"A wonderful novel. The real wonder is Alderman's capacity for original thinking....Orthodoxy absolutely glows out of the pages of Disobedience, as rich and fresh and fascinating as this lovely novel itself." (Sunday Times, London)

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    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-27-08 Member Since 2007

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    I read a professional book review that labelled this as "chick lit" with a weak heroine, but I found it much more than that-- kind of a cross between E.L. Doctorow's City of God (without as much literary polish) and Shalom's Auslander's Foreskin's Lament (without the scatological humour). I would gladly read other novels from this author, particularly if they contained such good descriptive details of a group unfamiliar to me (ultra Orthodox Jews and younger members of their community coming to terms with contemporary society while trying to honour their heritage) and/ or other theological reflection in novel form.

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    Robin new york, new york, United States 04-17-13
    Robin new york, new york, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    This is a 5 star book ... it has depth and nuance of character. The overall feel in some ways parallels The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but succeeds where Harold Fry, I think, does not. Well narrated. A bit slow to engage, but stay with it ... pulls you in after a few chapters. A definite recommend.

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-27-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-27-08 Member Since 2007

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    I read a professional book review that labelled this as "chick lit" with a weak heroine, but I found it much more than that-- kind of a cross between E.L. Doctorow's City of God (without as much literary polish) and Shalom's Auslander's Foreskin's Lament (without the scatological humour). I would gladly read other novels from this author, particularly if they contained such good descriptive details of a group unfamiliar to me (ultra Orthodox Jews and younger members of their community coming to terms with contemporary society while trying to honour their heritage) and/ or other theological reflection in novel form.

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    Have you ever read a book that surprised you? I picked this one expecting a trash novel, but got an involving story with interesting characters instead. About 2/3s of the way through it took a wrong turn for me - but I could at least see how the characters might have made those choices. Then closer to the end it stopped being detailed and involving and seemed to run out of steam, skipping a week, and then months ahead with no mention of the life--altering decisions that must have happened in-between. Suddenly, everything is anticlimactic and sketchy.

    Also, I'm gay and there seemed to be a very odd vision of what that means in somebody's life. I understood the Estee character's reasoning and motivations, and the cousin\husband's - but Ronit, the main character, while she was interesting and the character felt right, the choices the author made for her U.S. relationships felt false, except for the shrink.

    But the first 2/3s of it were surprisingly good and the narrator had a great character range.

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