DISOBEDIENCE by hot new talent Naomi Alderman is set to spark controversy. Her debut is about two women who were teen lovers in north London’s orthodox . Editions. Disobedience. Paperback · Disobedience . Naomi Alderman’s The Power wins the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction Disobedience, the debut by year-old Naomi Alderman, and in places a deft and intelligent work, is one such book. Its story, set among the.

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Nov 03, Alla rated it it was ok. After a long moment, two of the young men started up and dashed toward the door, racing for the telephone. It’s a place where homes become synagogues: For the upcoming film based on the book, see Disobedience film.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I usually enjoy the way work forces everything else out of your head. What’s not to like?


She looked at her own bony fingers, curled around her siddur, the nails very white. The novel is about the meeting place between religion and modern life, between sexuality and spirituality, between our own desires and the demands of the communities we disobediejce in and the God we worship.

In my view, the most they can achieve is to produce a few competent writers from among the multitudes who pass through. This was thought provoking and substantial. Only having a vague idea that this included lesbianism one of my favourite topics in the Orthodox Jewish community — deducing from the nicely made trailer — I was surprised with how this came across as lesbophobic.

Its brilliant character and plot development intertwined. The congregation could not believe that Rav Krushka could succumb to a shadow—he from whom the light of Torah seemed to shine so brightly eisobedience they felt themselves illuminated by his presence.


I loved the main character. At times, when she was staring down, the movements seemed like some game played on a checkerboard—round pieces advancing purposefully but without meaning. She peered through the net curtain, trying to discern what was happening below. And the book was him. The book is not as racy as the film trailer suggests. The “other” in this case is being gay.

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

A pity, too, said others, more quietly, that the Rav had no son to be Rav when he was gone. Even the chapters are structured as a commentary on passages from the Torah and the Talmud. Mar 12, Stanley Bloom rated it did not like it.

The Rav should be surrounded by men of great Torah learning, who might study night and day, and thus avert the evil decree. And I glanced at it for a second, intending to walk on.

The New York Times. So it was that on the first Shabbat after Simchat Sisobedience, the synagogue was overfull, all members of the congregation fixing their attention, sad to say, more on the Rav himself than on the prayers they were addressing to their Maker. She seemed to be trying to come to some sort of conclusion about being gay and being religious, but the conclusion she arrives at is, frankly, offensive and heteronormative.

Aldermam was a moment of quiet and a sensation of pressure beating at the temples. When he spoke, his voice was unexpectedly strong. Why they could not maintain their ties on any level given that she was his only child seems disoobedience.


It tells the tale of a love triangle in the orthodox Jewish population of Hendon, one of the closer-knit squares on the A-Z patchwork.

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But invariably missing is the magic, the sparkle, the extra something that distinguishes the very best from the rest. Despite the fact that this book is supposed be about a frowned-upon relationship between two women, I personally wouldn’t classify it an LGBTQ novel at all as the way she dealt with that aspect felt like a complete cop-out to me. I’ve never read any other story set in this place.

Not a call before New Year, or at Passover, but a call on a regular Saturday night. The potential is thereyou know it is, and you know full well that it could be explosive and subversive but it just never reaches that potential.

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Retrieved November 11, Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. I preferred the book because of the amount of attention it placed on Dovid. On a sentence-by-sentence example, let’s take this: I wish I liked this more, but it felt cliche, gimmicky, and also–yeah, going to say it–a tiny bit offensive in that lesbian-is-an-accessory kind of way. I was having a hard time putting my finger on what exactly was working for naoki about this, because when I started to pick it apart, I realized there disobesience a whole lot to praise.