Her initial culture shock and eventual adjustment to a complex secular society go unmarked. Both the author and her character have experienced something unique. While children reach adulthood and mostly leave home, making lives for themselves, few are forced to sever relations with family, friends, and relatives in the quest for adulthood. Initially the marriage is a happy one. But Mila fails to conceive. There was not much to be, in Williamsburg, for a woman who was not pregnant.
Years pass without children. By the tenth year of marriage, Mila has begun searching out Biblical references to childbearing. She is more than slightly mad, but this fails to explain what she does to conceive.
Book review: I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits | New Humanist
Her pregnancy ruins her marriage, and by Talmudic Law, taints her children for generations to come. From here, I Am Forbidden leapfrogs rapidly through time. The story ends on an unrealistic note, with a violation of Torah law. Did Markovits want the secular and Hasidic worlds to overlap, to bleed into one another?
Or is this reviewer asking too much?
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A novel spanning four decades, from pre-World War II Transylvania to contemporary New York, looks at the cause and effect of both belief and non-belief within the Jewish religion, in a tale that focuses on the relationship of two sisters within a Hasidic sect. Recently added by. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
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