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I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

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Published by Hogarth, May 2012 ***

I had high expectations for this book, and the topic seemed really intriguing, but it didn’t keep my interest.  The first third of the book was great, then the narrative became fragmentary and disjointed.  Though this was an undeniably intimate glimpse into Hasidic life, I couldn’t connect with the characters, especially Mila in her desperation to have a child.  Their strict adherence to Jewish laws makes them feel distant to one another and to the reader.  This extreme devotion to their faith only curses future generations and leads to tragedy.  Though this was a detailed portrayal of the Hasidic community, I felt the story fell short because of the style of the writing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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