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ISBN: 0141029978
Author: Naomi Alderman
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Open market e. edition (2007)
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 443
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. TOUCHSTONE and colophon are registered. Disobedience, Naomi Alderman. p. cm. A Touchstone book. 1. Jewish don-Fiction.

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Disobedience is the debut novel by British author Naomi Alderman. Disobedience follows a rabbi's bisexual daughter as she returns from New York to her Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London. Although the subject matter was considered somewhat controversial, the novel was well received and earned Alderman the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers and the 2007 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman gives Dina Rabinovitch the small-town blues. In Naomi Alderman's debut novel, Hendon is very much present; even the names of schools and shops are unchanged. It's a place where homes become synagogues: "Semi-detached houses, glued together and scooped out. I've never understood why they did that: presumably it must be cheaper than building something new," one of the characters, Ronit, muses plaintively, after returning from New York. Disobedience is the latest example of a London-inspired genre, the novel as spicy neighbourhood tell-all.

I absolutely tore through this book which usually means I enjoyed it very much. I read it in anticipation of the upcoming movie release and I am hoping the movie will have more naughty bits than the . .ook. Nice, slow burn with characters you can appreciate. The dialogue was great and everything seems totally believable until the end. The end is rushed and disappointing - I'm not sure why Alderman just suddenly quit on us like that! It's a pleasure to read a book in which I feel represented as a Jew, and once in which the characters are real.

Naomi Alderman is a Creative Writing graduate of the University of East Anglia. In her shoes, I wouldn’t brag about it, though it shows through all-too-clearly in her work. For me, the book promised much when I discovered what it was about, making my disappointment all the greater.

Читайте Disobedience (автор: Naomi Alderman) бесплатно 30 дней в течении пробного периода. Hashem could have given us a painting, or a sculpture, a forest, a creature, an idea in our minds to explain His world. But He gave us a book. Читайте книги и аудиокниги без ограничений в веб-браузере или на устройствах iPad, iPhone и Android. He paused and looked around the hall, scanning the silent faces.

Read Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman online on Bookmate – For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long.

Read Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman online on Bookmate – For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled lon. When she learns that her estranged father, the pre-eminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, has died, she leaves behind her Friday night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends and returns home for the first time in years.

By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. She has become a cigarette-smoking, wise-cracking, New York career woman, who is in love with a married ma. ut when Ronit's father dies she is called back into the very different world of her childhood, a world she thought she had left far behind


I do not understand the sporadic appreciation for this novel. The writing was lyrical, the characters were honest, and the plot felt real. One reviewer said that although the prose is good, it does not soar like like the prose of Sarah Waters. I think that comparing the two authors is unfair. Naomi Alderman is not Sarah Waters, ​and her writing has its own particular strengths.

I was fascinated by the way Alderman wove the Orthodox Jewish religion into the life experiences and self-awareness of Roni, Dovid, and Esti. Often, I was not sure Ronit was in touch with her true motives. Her internal dialogue was fascinating and funny but left me guessing until the end.

Each of the main characters had crippling yet endearing flaws. However, there is no malice between them. I loved the way the Alderman connected them all in the end.

Excellent book. I can understand why they are making it into a movie. And I, for one, can't wait to see it.
The book is a gold mine. It really is. The prose is better than any Sarah Waters book I’ve ever read. But it doesn’t soar like an SW book. It’s rich in gold. It makes you feel so much when it wants to. I remember physically shaking in anticipation when Ronit the black sheep was riding a cab to where Esti lived. Esti’s parts especially, her dialogue, her reminiscing her past, her thoughts are all GOLDEN. But why doesn’t it soar? The author made it clear that the book was written for herself and her coming to terms with her Jewish heritage. It makes sense that the romance between Esti and Ronit was a beautiful accident; it was only meant to serve the Jewish theme of the book, yes, but goddammit, those parts burst like an eternal firework in my heart. Even if it’s only 30% (most of this 30%, Esti’s POV) of the book! It’s the type of prose that stays embedded in time forever. Now let me talk about Esti.

I finished this book for Esti. She grew up and married in this bubble within English society that isolated her greatly from the rest of the world. But this isolation is what makes her so interesting! how she deals with the immense love and attraction she has for Ronit; the compartmentalization that goes on inside her mind in order to exist in a small world that denies so much of who she is; the OCD that comes with it; her heart-breakingly poetic and scripturesque way of speaking and thinking and how she stupidly bases her life decisions on the story of David and Jonathan (but it makes sense because she’s Esti! of course she’d do that!). This is a woman who can’t face herself directly; who can’t put feelings into words or concepts/thoughts..and she has a lot of feelings. Too much feelings. It’s falling deeply madly in love before you know you’re gay. The kind of love that you get maybe once in 30 lifetimes. A cataclysm you were never taught to expect. Ronit destroyed everything.. and in the end (SPOILERS) things didn’t go as she wanted them to go. It was no David and Jonathan story. But the veil was lifted from her eyes…. I guess I can settle with that ending^^

She’s easily the most beautiful gay character I’ve ever read anywhere FULL STOP. And babyface McAdams suits this role.

Disobedience Movie Wishlist:

-Focus on the romance. Or not the romance, but the dynamic between two gay ladies who chose different paths.

-Do away with the scandal, and the rich Hartogs, and the gossipy women. Just let them be gay for each other is that so hard.

-Have no more than 2 central characters. You can only fit so much into a movie. Dovid needs to be pushed a little to the bg. In the book, I had a hard time sympathizing with a ch who was indecisive, passive, did what he was expected to do, unimpressive and really just nice. Some people don’t agree with that.. Let’s just say he’s not MC material.

-(SPOILER) A fanfic revision of the moment in the field on a new moon. Yes, I can see how rejection is the only way. But Esti was so close to Ronit. They loved each other with the naive no holds barred passion of first loves. And they’ve only been apart for as little as 8 years. I expected Ronit to reject her but at least be a friend and show some affection. It was as horrible as telling a kid Santa doesn’t exist. Love doesn’t last that long..ok, Ronit. But she’s still your friend.

-the book was about English Jews…I hope the movie will be about two special english jews, Ronit and Esti.

I got to be honest, Ronit was very easy to love in the beginning of the book..she was snarky and funny and maintained her composure really well; wasn’t weird or strange in the way Esti was..but it got tiring by the second half of the book. I guess I’m just a little bitter she didn’t return Esti’s love. But is anyone in that fictional Earth as close to Ronit now as Esti? Not her boss Scott (the closest thing she has to love according to her), not her nice obedient cousin Dovid, not her parents who are both dead… it’s Esti. It’s Esti who will love you more than anyone ever will or could. But whatever. I’m idealistic. Even in my own life.. so forgive me.

Anyway, that’s my review of this wonderful book. :)

bonus: There’s a part in Noli Me Tangere a book written in the 1800s by Jose Rizal when Ibarra returns home from Spain after 7 years and his childhood love hides in the closet and watches him from a small slit on the door not knowing how to contain her happiness. Esti reminded me of her a lot.


I trust Rachel Weisz with Ronit. I don’t just trust her..I cannot think of any other actor who fits the role better. She’ll make Ronit shine. I just hope the chemistry with Rachel McAdams works well. :) Can’t wait for the movie!
(Note: I'm trying not to include spoilers, but I wanted to have some information for reflection) -----
I loved the way that this was written, the author actually explains Orthodox Judaism at the beginning of each chapter and then proceeds with the story and how the characters interact and it relates back to their beliefs, towards the end, you understand the title of disobedience, and I really enjoyed the ending. I'm not trying to give any spoilers, but I was expecting the two polar extremes where the author went with what was most practical and realistic in the world. It's definitely not a happy ever after kind of story, it's a little glimpse into these people's life that must try and follow what they believe is right. The author at one point has the main character, Ronit, truly understand that she is Jewish and gay, that she didn't choose either, but she is both, and how she must find a balance and a way to be fine with that. I read this book to have a deeper understanding for when the movie comes out, and I'm really glad that I did, some things they'll probably change or not show at all, and I think that will hurt the viewers understanding of what the author was meaning, particularly Dovid and both him and Esti's reasons behind their odd relationship.
Beautifully written. It's not so much a love story as it is a meeting of exes. Ronit, long fled her Orthodox Jewish town in England for New York, returns again after the death of her estranged father, the esteemed leader, or "Rav," of the community. Her ex and onetime love, Esti, who she'd expected to have left the community and its rigid view of sexuality, is instead married to the Rabbi about to assume her father's place. It is a sumptuous meditation on the rigid "traditions" (oppressions) which bind and misshape us, and making truth and peace of the remnants of ourselves that are left behind. I came to this novel after having read "The Power" and found it very similar thematically. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie adaptation of "Disobedience" now too. Naomi Alderman is a great writer.
There was Is lot of things I liked about this book. The quotes, from Jewish religious texts, that started each chapter. The paragraphs that followed the quotes, that gave insight on their meaning. Some of them really resonated with me. The insider look into orthodox Jews, and their faith. Something I had been always a little curious about. What I wasn't sold on was the story.
It wasn't like I hated it, it was more like I didn't understand it. The three main characters were on journey self discovery, and each made peace with a part of themselves, that tormented them, but I'll be damned, if I knew what those parts were.
Ronit in particular vexed me. She seemed to spend her life, making messes in everybody's lives then running away, leaving everybody else to clean the messes up. In the end she seemed to come away with little or nothing from her experience.

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