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

  • From: Barbara <barbarab65@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:06:32 -0800 (PST)

Thanks! Please, let me know what is wrong with it.

--- On Sun, 12/7/08, Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Barbara -- The Promise
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 11:03 PM

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
> 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
> The ISBN is not in the book so I got it from the online ISBN Directory. 
> The ISBN is  0449001164
> Thanks, for your help.
> Barbara
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