Davita's Harp

Davita's Harp

Book - 1985
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For Davita Chandal, growing up in the New York of the 1930s and '40s is an experience of joy and sadness. Her loving parents, both fervent radicals, fill her with the fiercely bright hope of a new and better world. But as the deprivations of war and depression take a ruthless toll, Davita unexpectedly turns to the Jewish faith that her mother had long ago abandoned, finding there both a solace for her questioning inner pain and a test of her budding spirit of independence. "From the Paperback edition. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1985
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394542904
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 23, 2017

Phenomenal book. I enjoy his writing, and I look forward to reading the sequel. Davita is a book I have remembered since I read it in the 80's. I wish Masterpiece Theater would make some of his books into mini series.

LippyLa Nov 24, 2014

Ilanna Davita Chandal is the child of Communist idealism and Jewish ancestry. A product of political parents and wars across the ocean. Shaped by a nomadic childhood, Davita must make her own roots, which she finds in a return to the religion of her mother's upbringing. This is extremely well written, but ends on an unsettled note. I do not think Davita's journey is over yet.

Sep 04, 2014

Although i enjoyed learning Jewish traditions in this book, I did not like that it never climaxed, and in the end left you with a dreadful feeling. Plus, it went a little slow for me.

RenGrrl May 30, 2011

Moving but sad.

Apr 08, 2010

This is one of the most anmazing books I have ever read for the ability of Potok to portray the dissonence and confusion of the very young Ilana Davita.

It is a very moving and realistic portrayal of American Jewish life in the '30's and '40's in New York state.

Potok throws into the mix the humanistic desire for the truth which is personified through the adherence of communism and then Judaism.

Potok uses a large canvas and paints with large amounts of colour, a real tasty treat to muse over on a summers day at the beach; but, it is not a light read.


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