Jerusalem Maiden (2011)
Jerusalem Maiden (2011)
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Rating
3.85 of 5 Votes: 3
ISBN
0062004379 (ISBN13: 9780062004376)
languge
English
publisher
William Morrow Paperbacks
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I'm really glad I stuck with this book, because I enjoyed the last half much more than the first half. I was a little put off by the main character's beliefs throughout the entire thing, but I suppose that means the author did a good job portraying them. As a Jewish woman reading this book I was more than a little horrified at the main character's quality of life and the horrors that were thrust upon her in the name of religion. But I was rooting for her and I'm glad I finished this book. An interesting look into a world I didn't know much about. I got about half-way through but the unending misery and lack of a protagonist with any apparent goal got to me. I don't know enough about the historical period in question, or Orthodox Jews in that context, to know how accurate this portrayal is. Obviously, the anti-Semitism and discrimination were a horrific reality, but the family's insistence on making life as cheerless and crap for themselves and their daughter as possible just frustrated me.
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ChibiLena
would have abandoned if not for book club. I threw it down in disgust many times
rach
One of my new favorite books. Not sure it's for everyone though.
Bertha
Loved it!
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