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Davita's Harp [Kindle Edition]

Chaim Potok
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For Davita Chandal, growing up in the New York of the 1930s and '40s is an experience of joy and sadness. Her loving parents, both fervent radicals, fill her with the fiercely bright hope of a new and better world. But as the deprivations of war and depression take a ruthless toll, Davita unexpectedly turns to the Jewish faith that her mother had long ago abandoned, finding there both a solace for her questioning inner pain and a test of her budding spirit of independence.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00G4TSS3M
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (10 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4AQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful coming of age story 21 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I have heard this book criticized because a male author is delving in to the mind a girl growing to adulthood up. They say that Ilana Davita does not ring true as a female character. I could not disagree more. So much about Ilana rings true. Much of her I recognize in myself. I too am the child of parents of strong ideology and had to find my own way. The cruel response of both teacher and classmates as she expressed her parents views about Stalin brought tears to my eyes. I recall a similar experience in my own life. It is a beautiful story of a girl longing for a feeling of belonging and finding it in Jewish faith. I recommend this book without reservation. Chaim Potok is a wonderful author, (he also wrote The Chosen which is my all time favorite book) and I think he created a believable, precocious, hurting girl who finds faith and healing and perseveres through hardship and injustice.
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I loved reading about this girl of my era, so different from my WASP upbringing in many ways, but universal in her need for love, protection, understanding and affirmation. Yes, many of us have been "the best girl in the class," only to be ridiculed and shamed. Potok must be a genius in understanding the interior workings of adolescent females as well as males. Five stars
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Format:Paperback
I have read all of Potok's works, but DAVITA'S HARP is definitely his best. Not, perhaps, in terms of technique (we begin to see a bit of repetition in the work) but in his ability to reach beyond his own personal story and into the world just beyond his own. A wonderful accomplishment for Potok as a writer, and a book that can be read over and over and never become stale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaim Potok - Davita's Harp 24 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the fifth book by chaim potok i have read. He gives an amzing insight into the devlopment of faith in young people. a characteristic in all his works. But in this case, the development of Davita's faith perspective is against all odds. The setting of America, the insight into war, especially the complexity of the Spanish Civil war and the warm picture of Davita, devloping a type of judaism that has space for her to pray the prayers for her dead father. - a joy and wonder to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing 20 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
(written by Cat, not Phil)

'Davita's Harp' is another compelling novel from Chaim Potok. I don't know how I'd missed this one, having read all his other novels long ago; but what a treat! To be able to lose yourself in a book, and feel dismayed to reach the end is a rare thing; yet something I've come to expect from Potok's books. A truly skilled author, offering us a glimpse into Jewish culture, in this instance, through the eyes of a young girl seeking her place in the world.
Highly recommended - but make sure you've time to read it from cover to cover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaim Potok: Davita's Harp 9 Nov 1997
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Format:Paperback
I think it's amazing how a man can write about the feelings of a grown-up girl. For me, that's the strength of the book.
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