Book Reviews of Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill Falls
Author: Allegra Goodman
ISBN-13: 9780385323901
ISBN-10: 0385323905
Publication Date: 8/10/1999
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 40 ratings
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Go inside the world of orthodox Jewish community members. Does their way of life allow for them to live and insure for their families their religious customs and beliefs, or does their way of life rob them of freedom to persue goals and dreams?
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Helpful Score: 5
A National Book Award Finalist, like much literary fiction, there is a narrative distance between the reader and the happenings on the page. This distance makes it difficult to connect, empathize, or care about the characters and their lives.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a story of family and trditions. Well written and joy to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I didn't get very far in this book. Nothing very interesting came along, so I decided I wouldn't waste any more reading time on something this boring.
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Another book I could just not get my head around. I gave up pretty early.
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from Wraps--National Book Award Finalist, A New York Times NOtable Book, the Philadelphia Inquirer "A glorious tapestry. Every line in this marvelous creation rings true."
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Takes place in an upstate NY town of Kaaterskill Falls. A tale of family, tradition, and disciples of a strict Jewish summer community.
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Well written, certainly deserving of National Book Award Finalist status
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A great book for a book group to read and discuss
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a bit slow moving, but very descriptive characters and great writing.
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The characters were well drawn and believable. I did find it a bit hard to follow at times, and had to look up so many words it was distracting. Nnethless this was a wonderful portrait of the life living within a Jewish sect,of the era, and of the sacrifices andrestrictions of living within a very strict sect.
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I enjoyed this novel very much. It was well written. I kept waiting for something really exciting to happen in regards to the falls and it never did. You may need to know orthodox jewish customs in order to fully understand why the characters act the way they do. I'm not sure non-jewish people who don't have that understanding would enjoy this book.
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From the cover . . . "It is 1976. And the tiny upstate New York town of Kaaterskill Falls is bustling with summer people in dark coats, fedoras, and long, modest dresses. Living side by side with Yankee year-rounders, they are the disciples of ®av Elijah Kirshner. Elizabeth Shulman is a restless wife and mother of five daughters; her imagination transcends her cloistered community. åcross the street åndras Melish is drawn to Kaaterskill by his adoring older sisters. Comforted, yet crippled by his isters' love, he cannot overcome the ambivalence he feels toward his own children and his young wife. At the top of the hill, ®av Kirshner is nearing the end of his life. As he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him -- the pious but stolid Isaiah or the brilliant but rebellious Jeremy -- his followers wrestle with their future and their past."