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  1. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
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  2. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

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19 year-old Chani lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of North West London. She has never had physical contact with a man, but is bound to marry a stranger. The rabbi's wife teaches her what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own questions to answer. Soon buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface in a story of liberation and choice; not to mention what happens on the wedding night -

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I had high expectations for this novel, because I am fascinated by the Hasidic community, and because it was nominated for the Man Booker prize, but this ended up being pretty mediocre. The story alternates between several characters, with different chapters dedicated to different story lines. I am never terribly fond of this method of narration because I tend to get sucked into one character's life just as the novel abruptly switches to another perspective. (I have the same problem with Game of Thrones.)
The first few chapters are riveting, but the various story lines become more tedious thereafter, especially Chani's, since I didn't really care how much her pushy Mother-in-law objected to the union. The other plots, about the rabbi's wife who hates living in a fish bowl and a college student who gets a non-religious girlfriend, would have worked much better if they explored the psychological depth of those predicaments, rather than just the surface emotions of frustration and... Read more
I have seen many TV clips of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in black hats, bushy beards and side ringlets but know very little about the religion, especially the role of women. This book opened my eyes to this strange religion and how they live.

In THE MARRYING OF CRANI KAUFMAN Eve Harris calls on her experiences of teaching in an ultra-Orthodox school to tell the story of 19 year-old Chani who lives in an ultra- Orthodox Jewish community in North West London. She has never had physical contact with a man, and via a matchmaker she is engaged to be married to Baruch Levy. They have never had a date or kissed and both have little knowledge of marital relationships because sex education was not taught at their schools. All Chani has been told by her mother and mentor is that her wedding night will be painful (which increases her anxiety) and that she must submit to her husband.

Eve Harris takes us into the strange, but mainly peaceful life of an ultra-Orthodox community... Read more
I do like the story. It makes for a diverting afternoon in my cast. I think that Ms. Harris has talent. I even think that the nomination for an award might be merited. I know that Ms. Harris is not a religious Jew, writing about a community with which she is not fluently acquainted, but some of the Yiddish and kashrut errors are beyond me….

Goya is an artist. Goyim (plural) are gentiles. Ms. Harris -- a girl goy is a shiksa and a boy goy is a shagitz. And for heaven's sake, no frum woman would eat a milkig desert while she is cooking a fleissig meal. I could go on, for hours, but for brevity, I will not. The editors should have had someone from a frum background read the manuscript and make corrections. That would improve the story immeasurably.
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