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Joheved by Maggie Anton
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May 22, 2010

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Read from May 19 to 20, 2010

I'd say 3.5
I enjoyed the book but there was a bit too much graphic Talmudic sex. Also, I was constantly noticing the religious practices that are different from today's and wondering if they really were different in those days or if the author just isn't aware of normative Orthodox practice. For instance, mixed dancing at a wedding, men sitting around chatting with each other while waiting for their wives at the mikva and later discussing who was there, women attending weekday Shacharit services on a regular basis, etc. It would have been interesting to know which was the case.
Still, it was a good read and will appeal to those interested in historical fiction.
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Marissa the second one isn't as graphic. Miriam isn't as into sex as Joheved. I felt like this somewhat also until I read Miriam's story. It's just part of Joheved's personality

Ellen Thanks for letting me know. I have the second book on my "to read" list but haven't gotten around to it. I'll move it up to the top of the pile.

Deborah Feldman It's actually not the case. In all the examples you mentioned, and more, the book is historically inaccurate. I highly doubt the author intended the novel to adhere to any sort of realistic narrative though. I think she took a character and had fun with it, just made it up as she went along.

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Jenny Reader My feelings exactly !!!!!I felt like all I was reading was like medieval Jewish porn. Also, the way she a kid and then suddenly turns into a women? WTF? That's what I thought for the majority of the book.

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