The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

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.

Title:The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781908737434
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    The Marrying of Chani Kaufman Reviews

  • Elaine

    Only HaShem knows what the Booker Prize folks were thinking when they longlisted this one. This is chick lit in the most derogatory sense of the term - badly written female-centric drivel about romanc...

  • Frieda Vizel

    I should begin my review by saying two things about my own interest in this book: 1. I grew up ultra-orthodox and 2. I left ultra-orthodoxy at 25. The book is a compilation of several fictional storie...

  • Judy

    "The bride stood like a pillar of salt, rigid under layers of itchy petticoats." This inept metaphor is the first line of this insulting, cliche-ridden, unreadable novel, and is a good summary of the ...

  • Mark Staniforth

    There is one significant flaw at the heart of Eve Harris’ debut novel, 'The Marrying Of Chani Kaufman'. It is one which will have no end of academics wringing their hands in exasperation; Folio foun...

  • Nora

    Please don't read this book if you don't know a lot about Judaism.I would have liked to give this book a bad review from start to finish, however I can't. The characters are well developed and three-d...

  • Hillary

    I really enjoyed this novel! I know some people have stated it is "clearly" driven by hatred of the Haredi movement, or that it is "obviously" written by someone who holds a grudge against this type o...

  • Hermien

    At first I thought it was Chic Lit meets the ultra orthodox Jewish community in London, but the book went much deeper than that. I thought the going back and forth in time and moving between character...

  • Jake Goretzki

    Beseder, but not exactly yoffi. This is, of course, a promising proposition and ought to be fascinating, after all. I give you: an intimate look at the unknown, parallel Charedi universe. You know: bl...

  • Rebecca

    “The bride stood like a pillar of salt, rigid under layers of itchy petticoats.” I loved that first line, with its biblical resonance and its hint that this is not an entirely comfortable marriage...

  • Green Giraffe

    This has the sort of libelous depictions of Jewry that is tantamount to antisemitic propaganda. Yes, the author is Jewish, but she has absolutely no knowledge, no intimacy with the world she claims to...