Item description for The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen...
Believing her future is secure as the bride of an Orthodox Rabbi and Talmud scholar, enclave resident Tamar Finegold is devastated when she is raped and hides the truth until she discovers that she is pregnant. Reprint.
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NAOMI RAGEN is the author of eight novels, including several international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem for the past forty years and was voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel. Her books include "Sotah," "The Ghost of Hannah Mendes," and "The Covenant."
Naomi Ragen currently resides in Jerusalem. Naomi Ragen was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sacrifice of Tamar?
Oy Vey! Bring Your GPS Device Or You'll Get Lost In the Details Sep 16, 2008
The writing in this novel is exquisite. However, any reader who isn't familiar with the Orthodox Judaism will need a road map, a cultural dictionary and a Yiddish-speaking tour guide if they want to understand the book. The time line is also confusing as the story jumps back and forth between the present and the past.
Author Naomi Ragen writes beautifully about the culture of religious Judaism, but she never lets the reader in on the secret, never decodes the lingo so that they can walk in Tamar's shoes, which is necessary if the reader is going to be able to empathize with the character. For this reason, the book is less than satisfying and I would hesitate to recommend it.
Read it and weep! Aug 22, 2008
I absolutely loved and HIGHLY recommend this gem of a novel!
The story of a young ultra-religious girl in 1950s Brooklyn having to deal with having been brutally raped by a African American man and unable to tell anyone or deal with the consequences, was gripping, intriguing and an extraordinary premise. Yet this book is about so much more....it is about friendship, beliefs, tradition, family loyalties, truth, honor and love.
It is a book that will stick with you a long time after reading it and hopefully you'll feel as compelled as I to pass it along to friends/family.
Despite its predictabilty, I would consider this a "must-read" and recommend it highly. For those of us who grew up Jewish, or at least familiar with Jewish culture/traditions, it will be extremely compelling and relatable....(I was proud to recognize/understand all those yiddish words I heard growing up!) However, I hope it finds a universal readership, across cultural and religious lines, as I believe it is through learning about other people/cultures, that we become a more tolerant society.
Loved this book! May 12, 2008
From the first page to the last I found this book to be a wonderful yet sad story. I'm generally not a fast reader, but this one went very quickly - I just didn't want to put it down. There were a few slow parts, but all in all I think it's a wonderful choice.
Excellent Book! Feb 1, 2007
This was the very first book that I've read by the author, and I thought that it was absolutely amazing! This was such a compelling story, I read it all in one night. I've read other reviews here, and I totally disagree that Tamar's rapist was black simply because the author was trying to re-enforce the image of a "black criminal" or because she is racist herself. I think the fact that he was black was very essential to the plot. Had he been white, then Tamar would have had an option to pretend that the baby was her husbands. No one would question it, her husband would never suspect it, Tamar alone would know the terrible secret. Because he was black this was obviously no longer an option. In the begining of the book Tamar is seen as good but extremely weak woman. Ever since she was a child the decisions which directly affected her life, were made for her. First, by her parents, then by her husband. She has choices when faced with pregnancy, but can't decide herself, and still choses to do nothing. Her faith seems to be rewarded at first, but we see how that affects the rest of her life. I loved her transformation into a woman who truly accepts herself and takes control of her life. I would highly recommend this book.
A compelling read Dec 19, 2006
Tamar Finegold has a secure and predictable life , as wife of one of Brooklyn's leading ultra-orthodox rabbis , but when she is violently raped by an intruder , all of this is thrown into turmoil. She turns to two childhood friends , but keeps the secret from her family , until years later , a strange turn of events forces her to confront her past.
Naomi Ragen's books deal with the struggle of Jewish communities and the various threats and dilemmas that face them. I had previously read The Covenant and The Ghost of Hannah Mendes.
This book shows both the tranquility and beauty of religious life and the dilemmas faced. It is beautifully written and shows how Tamar deals witht he trauma of her rape by an intruder and how her life and that of her family develops, as well as that of her two friends, one who has wisely embraced all that is good in Judaism , and one that has divorced herself from her roots. A very compelling and easy read , that gives us a rare insight into ultra-orthodox communities and their ways of being and thinking.