Neither Here Nor There
Neither Here Nor There was simple romance that was made beautiful because of its setting in Jerusalem. Story revolved around Haredi Judaism, Esty’s struggle who left the orthodox ways, challenged its beliefs and lifestyle to live life of secular that can have meaning, freedom, and love. It was about struggle of transition in lifestyle; orthodox vs tradition, secular and extremism; strength and determination; going against the flow; un ...more
The descriptions of both orthodox ...more
I have several criticisms of the book. The first, and most overwhelming, is that from cover to cover was one cliche after another. If you really think a spoiler alert will prevent you from figuring out the ending, skip this paragraph, but if you trust me at all, I assure you that NOTHING will be ruined by continuing. This book wrapped up like a sitcom, with all the pieces magically falling into place and 'revealing' the outcomes in a single conversation and tying it up with a ...more
This book had such meaning for me- it was, in simple terms, about feeling confined in a lifestyle you no longer agree with: that is no longer right for you. That's Esty's story, she doesn't belong, and feels like an alien- an imposter- so, she decides to leave the haredi lifestyle (the lifestyle of an Orthodox Jew) and moves on. Of course, as expected, there are a number of hurdles she has to first get over: her family doesn't seem very accepting, her community disapproves and then t ...more
There’s a refreshing innocence to this story. Esty’s developing relationship with Mark is all the more involving because she has so much to learn about life and about herself. Through Esty we experience her transition from a r ...more
Neither Here Nor There - a gentle emancipation.
By Annette White
This review is from: Neither Here Nor There (Paperback)
Many of us are fascinated by life in separate, secluded communities such as monasteries, prisons or the Amish. The protagonist of this thoughtful, gentle novel makes her escape from an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Israel, because she fears being forced into a loveless arranged marriage. Aided by people on the outside, she struggles with many things i ...more
It is a big step for the young woman in Jerusalem. Her point of view relates that easily, I felt I knew her and her problem immediately. The familiarity to the main character is fostered with the many examples of how life changes for her. We follow her as she transforms and moves on in her life.
I think Esty's family are portrayed with sympathy and we do come to understand her mother more as the story progresses. But most readers will be willing Esty not to go back to such a horrendously narrow li ...more
Just not sure how realistic these glimpses are of the enclosed world
Miriam Drori took up creative writing following careers in computer programming and technical writing. Her books span several genres: romance, historical fiction, uplit, crime and non-fiction. Her short stories and poems have appeared in anthologies. She is passionate about raising awareness of the widespread but little-known disorder called social anxiety.
Born and raised in London, Miriam now li...more