Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
Recognizing that Yentyl seems to have the soul and disposition of a man, her father studies the Torah and other holy books with her. When he dies, Yentyl feels that she no longer has a reason to remain in the village, and so, late one night, she cuts off her hair, dresses as a young man, and sets out to find a yeshiva where she can continue her studies and live secretly as...more
Hmm...well, we own the soundtrack...I could always play it while I read the book ;)
Okay, I just finished the book!! It was really enjoyable. However, since I came from years of watching the movie, I feel like my view of it is skewed slightly. Instead of saying to the movie "That's not how the book did this scene!!" I am going backwards, thinking while reading, "That's not how it happened in the movie..." But the book came first, so the book is always right.
There were some differences between the movie and the book; I think the movie may have taken some things out to make it less complicated. The only thing that bothered me was the ending. I was left wanting more. But then again, I was a firm believer in Yentl and Avigdor overcoming their differences, marrying, and continuing to study again. But I guess it just wasn't meant to be, in the book OR movie :((less)
So Yentl is a Jewish girl from a Polish ...more"Yentl—you have the soul of a man."
"So why was I born a woman?"
"Even Heaven makes mistakes."
There was no doubt about it, Yentl was unlike any of the girls in Yanev—tall, thin, bony, with small breasts and narrow hips. On Sabbath afternoons, when her father slept, she would dress up in his trousers, his fringed garment, his silk coat, his skullcap, his velvet hat, and study her reflection in the mirror. She looked like a dark, handsome young man.
That said, where the Streisan ...more
This was a quick read, and I ripped through it in an evening. It was at once touching and also held me (the reader) at arms length. Interesting questions of gender are explored here, with Anschel (Yentl's name for herself as a yeshiva student) still being ...more
I.B. Singer is gentle with us. We are a little scared for what might happen, but we read on and we are not wounded.
This remains a great little story, nominally about gender, but actually about the tragedy of the human condition, in which we can see realities that cannot become real. Sometimes lovers miss forever. Sometimes there is no true happiness to be had, only ...more
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers ...more