[bksvol-discuss] Re: Barbara -- The Promise

  • From: "Judy s." <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2008 22:03:13 -0600

I'll look at it, Barbara.  :-)

Judy s.

Barbara wrote:
I just submitted /The Promise. /First, I submitted it using the Fast Submission Option and the administrator was unable to process it because the file had an error -6 associated with it. The book is prevalidated. Could anyone, please, figure out what is wrong with the file so that it can be added to the collection. It is one of the best novels I have read all year: Long Synopsis: Long Synopsis: Just as Chaim Potok in /The Chosen/ had examined the depths of the commitment that loving fathers made to their sons, this author in /The Promise/ evokes the promise that young adults make to themselves and to their own lives. The reader identifies with the characters in /The Promise/ as they face their obstacles through strength, intelligence, and daring. Specifically, previously, in /The Chosen/, the two boys, Reuven Malters and Danny Saunders who grew up in Brooklyn New York as Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, respectively, in /The Promise/ are portrayed as young adults who struggle for their places in the adult society. At this stage of their lives, these young men figure out how their beliefs that they received from their fathers mesh with their current realities. Reuven and Danny, in their struggle for integrity and individuation make life choices that affect their destinies. Specifically, Reuven, the gentle Orthodox Jewish, scholar's son, is now studying to be a rabbi. Reuven is fiercely confronted and challenged in his vocation by a great but unbending teacher – the sarcastic, terrifying Rav Kalman, who defends unmitigated Orthodoxy with the same ruthlessness with which he fought for survival in the Nazi death camps. Reuven argues his heretical points before Rav Kalman and the other examiners who could prevent Reuven from becoming ordained as a rabbi. Likewise, Danny, the son of a prominent Hasidic leader, at the close of /The Chosen,/ forsook his destiny by not following his father to become the next spiritual Hasidic leader, in /The Promise, /risks his brilliant beginning of his career as a clinical psychologist. Danny gambols his strange intuition against the established "orthodox" treatment to save Michael, a troubled young adolescent from having to be permanently institutionalized because of anti-social behavior. Danny asserts his autonomy by having Michael undergo the radical, potentially dangerous therapy of silence which Danny had invented based upon his experience of growing up with little emotional communication with his father. In the end, Danny and Reuven emerge as authentic, young adults with beliefs and subsequent actions that are both similar and dissimilar from their fathers. The ISBN is not in the book so I got it from the online ISBN Directory. The ISBN is 0449001164 <http://us.mc1803.mail.yahoo.com/isbn/0449001164?B=> Thanks, for your help. Barbara
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