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Unorthodox

The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Série : Unorthodox, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 39 min
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Called “brave and riveting” by Jeannette Walls, Deborah Feldman’s New York Times best-selling memoir of escaping from a strict Hasidic community includes a new afterword by the author as well as the epilogues from the original 2012 editions detailing the circumstances of her life after leaving her husband and forging new beginnings for herself and her young son.

As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded young woman whose stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life among the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah’s desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at 19 and realized that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path - for herself and her son - to happiness and freedom.

Remarkable and fascinating, this “sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) is one you won’t be able to put down.

©2012 Deborah Feldman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • B. Sloan
  • 04/04/2020

Unbelievable

This was an amazing story. I just couldn’t believe all of the traditions. I watched the series first then decided I needed to read this book.

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  • Phyllis
  • 24/04/2020

Narrator Problem

The childish pitch of the reader voice was distracting, creating a petulant and girlish character that was likely unintended. Coupled with a few pronunciation issues (like inimitable accented incorrectly), the narrator made it difficult to hear the author’s true voice.

That every character from the Satmar Hassidic world was drawn with such disdain was disturbing. Though I would not choose to live in the ultra-orthodox world, not every member of the community is ignorant or cruel or severely limited.

I have no regrets about the time spent with Unorthodox, I have very mixed feelings about the underlying message.

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  • Chelsea Lensing
  • 19/03/2020

Such an inspiring and fascinating story.

So glad I listened to the book before the Netflix series comes out next week.

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  • Rachel M
  • 08/04/2020

Interesting read - oppressive religion sect

Good read. Made me grateful to not be raised like this. Such contradictions, superstition, and misogyny. What cracks me up the most is how important it to not repeat the Holocaust, yet married women must shave their heads like concentration camp prisioners.

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  • Rosana Ghussin
  • 06/04/2020

Couldn’t put it down!

I saw Unorthodox the mini series first. I watched in one sitting. And was so curious about this foreign world. I too live in NY and I have seen Hasidic Jews without understanding their ways. However, always fascinated by what I heard of them but not believing. Unorthodox the book was no different. I could not stop “reading” in my case listening to the words. I highly recommended. And to Deborah and his son I wish all the best.

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  • Kesha R. Abdul-Mateen
  • 04/04/2020

Captivating

I saw the Netflix show first and wanted to get away from the adaptation. Great story. I am glad Ms. Feldman found her own way.

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  • Elizabeth Steele
  • 16/05/2020

Fascinating, “raw” and well performed

Consider listening to this work before watching the Netflix series if possible .... the book is the author’s journey. The mini-series is the adaptation.

There really should be no criticism directed at a person’s memories .... they may not be parallel to another’s experience but they are “true” for the writer. It’s important to keep that in mind as you listen. I found this memoir to be very interesting and, as noted in my review title “raw”. Consider that Ms Feldman wrote her manuscript just months after her exit from the only world she had ever known ... a world that she tried to fit into for years. Her risk was great and she had yet to discover if everything would work out for her and her son. She was still very much in the throws of the experience. A vulnerable and very intense place to be.

The epilogue and the afterwards tie things together 10 years after the author wrote the book and also give a glimpse into the filming of the mini-series .... very insightful.

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  • wanda
  • 15/05/2020

Very very good

Completely loved this book. Learned a lot about the Orthodox community. Very well written and insightful..

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  • Kathy-Jane
  • 04/05/2020

A Little Disappointing

I purchased this book right after watching the mini series on Netflix. I wanted to know more about the Hasidic community and thought the book would contain additional information and detail. I was surprised to find some very substantial differences between the book and the mini series on a number of points as well as in the sequence of events. There are things in the series that were not in the book. I accept this when works of fiction become movies but in real life stories?

The book itself is simply written and simply told. The voice is young if not somewhat juvenile. it is not a riveting drama or expose and without having seen the mini series I would have been very disappointed. Having said that, I always wanted to know about those people I sometimes see in airports with strange clothes and the men with ringlets in their hair. I was amazed that a group could live such isolated and narrow lives in today's world, with their devotion to living by 18th century traditions. Wow.

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  • Jey Auritt
  • 07/04/2020

Incredibly interesting saga

I gained insight into the ultra orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn This women’s saga was mesmerizing and I truly enjoyed being part of her inspiring journey

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 23/04/2020

Very insightful and reflective of so many issues that many people experience!

After watching the series on Netflix, I was curious for the book. I think it’s amazing! You get a much deeper view of Deborah growing up in the Hasidic community and all the things that are customary there. It gives a chance to understand what is in the people’s minds and, maybe somewhere, why they decide to live in a world so different from ours.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 10/04/2020

Great, encouraging, addictive

A great book that had me hooked from the beginning! I can only recommend it, and even better when you can watch the series on Netflix as well...

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  • A.von Witzleben
  • 05/05/2020

Educating and powerful story

Skilfully told by the author. The only weakness is the voice. Neither the accent nor the tone reflects that of Deborah Feldman.

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  • Madina Hensen
  • 14/03/2020

Thrilling and very emotional story

I really enjoyed this audiobook! The reader gets a thrilling inside into the Hasidic way of life and the emotional troubles of a young girl feeling as a stranger in this community. It makes you think about all the things we- who live in freedom- take for granted. The story leaves you in awe for this brave young girl. Finally a good contemporary book, thank you!