Reading through the night

Shavuos went very well, with lots of good sociable meals (three out of four I went to were milky, which is great for me) and the learning and services at my synagogue were just as good as I’d hoped and expected. I got lots of reading done at odd hours, besides the learning of the first night of the festival, and sharing Sefer Tehillim with my flatmate. I do wish more of it had been proper Jewish learning.

156. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

So the conceit of this book is that Goldman is providing the ‘Good Bits’ abridgment of a longer, older tale by the Florinese author, S. Morgenstern. For once (and I always prefer the book to the film) I think the (extremely faithful) film is the ‘Good Bits’ version of the book. To be fair, I do enjoy the book, including most of the ‘commentary’ – it just gets a little tedious after awhile, at least on the reread. I do think that lovers of the film will much appreciate reading the book.

157. Family Matters by Leah Fried

The damaged members of a broken-up family begin to find themselves and each other (and some helpful spouses along the way).

The story here isn’t bad, although it is rather convoluted, but when oh when are more novelists going to get the idea that professional boundaries between client and social worker, therapist, or whoever, are important, mandatory and useful, from their research?

158. Autumn Rain by Rachel Schorr

Another one about a family going through difficult times, although there is a much greater strength and unity it the one at the centre of this tale. The eldest sibling, Michal, remains single for years after she had expected to, and devotes herself to her teaching and her difficult students, while her younger sisters and her friends seem to have an easier time of things, but still have their own struggles. Her little brother is an interesting, but somewhat underdeveloped, character.

Anyway, this one really is all about the difficulty of the Shidduchim (Orthodox Jewish dating for marriage) process when it doesn’t just fall into place, so be warned that it might be frustrating.

159. The Fortune Seekers by Libby Lazewnik

I really like this well structured and well written novel. There are a very large number of major protagonists, but they are well balanced and fit in the same story together. I would reread this.

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