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I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
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Nov 26, 2016

really liked it
Read from November 23 to 26, 2016

This book is disturbing on many levels, starting with the murder of Hungarian/Transylvanian Jews during the Holocaust. As the story progresses to post war Paris, then Brooklyn, we see a side of the
Satmar Hasidic sect, that only insiders (like the author) could describe. The unltra strict Orthodoxy is unusually harsh for women, and almost impossible for an outsider to understand, and it does eventually lead to tragedy. I have to say that the book does ignore the bliss of the ultra religious sect in many of its incarnations, and the ultimate joy of God that has made the Satmars the largest Hasidic sect in the world. I would chafe at its restrictions, but it does offer security and contentment
for many in a confusing modern world.

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