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

  • From: "Jill O'Connell" <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:13:42 -0800

Please, what is the Fast Submission Option and how was the book prevalidated?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Barbara 
  To: Book Share 
  Cc: Carrie Karnos 
  Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2008 6:39 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Barbara -- The Promise

        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

        Thanks, for your help.



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