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.
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.
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.
Moving but sad.
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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