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Rachel, the Rabbi's Wife Hardcover – December 1, 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 395 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (December 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688032435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688032432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly enjoyable story about a year in the life of Rachel Sonnshein, the wife of a rabbi in the suburbs of Long Island. It's an interesting peak behind the scenes as the rabbi works to renew his contract then becomes involved with the wife of one of his rich congregants. Meanwhile Rachels forms a close bond with her son. This was a warm, witty, intelligent read. Highly enoyable. Don't miss it.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "thepalindrome" on November 9, 2000
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It might be useful to think of Rachel, the Rabbi's Wife as resembling Portnoy's Complaint (by Philip Roth), with about a quarter of the neuroticism, most of the whining, and more actual sex, which is described in a style that is nearly as crass. However, unlike Portnoy's Complaint, this book fails to be shocking, interesting, or groundbreaking. It is, as the title suggests, about Rachel, a Rabbi's wife. Rachel is an ineffective dreamer who doesn't fit in with her community, and the Rabbi is an irresponsible, hypocritical, overgrown brat. I hate his character so much that I am forced to acknowledge that he was skillfully drawn-which is why this book has earned one star from me. Other than that, there isn't much of a plot--it's more of a day-by-day account of rebbetzin politics--and too often the author spends pages at a time talking about baseball.
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