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Slyly, humourously, insightful
on 3 March 2014
I thought, 4 stars or 5? There were things I liked less, but overall, what I loved more won out... whatI Like d less was maybe the more 'poetic' bits and the migraines... but overall, I loved the book for its portrayal of the Orthodox community with humour but never with any hint of despising, belittling, being too clever - Alderman writes of the community she grew up in with affection. I enjoyed the details of the rituals surrounding death and everyday life, marriage, how you live and what's expected. She describes it as how she left the Orthodox, but she also describes it with the knowledge of an insider, and it is a pleasure to read. It also happens to chime with my novels (on published, one on its way) which describe the inside of Christian fundamentalism with a definite critique but without rancour, and that of course gave me the pleasure of feeling a bit of a younger sister (in terms of literary output)!
I'd recommend Disobedience to anyone who enjoys a thoughtful, literary, read, who enjoys learning about the inside of cultures different to their own, who wants to understand where other people are 'coming from', who is interested in the phenomenon of religion/culture and how it can rule your life. It is warm and funny with lots of serious points and some great portraits.