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Davita's Harp Paperback – August 27, 1996
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Davita is surrounded by people who are unable in one way or another to negotiate compromise. The communist beliefs of her parents, the extremely divergent religious views of her extended family, her environment at school-- none of her potential role models offer her a strong basis for building her own identity. Eventually, however, Davita does begin to choose a road for her life and she does it with her own unique flavor and on her own terms. Her story is lovely, and very inspiring.
I would recommend this book highly as a gift for high school students, particularly girls. Davita makes a wonderful role model and it should be meaningful to young people struggling with issues of religion and identity-- any religion. One of the key messages of Davita's Harp is that it is possible to choose for a religion and community without sacrificing your other beliefs. It is unique in that it shows religion both as a steadying force and as an evolving imperfect system. I can certainly think back to a time in my life when it would have been very helpful to see a way forward that was more than the choice between inside and out.
Additionally, the period prior to World War II is a largely forgotten moment in time. The view on post-depression labor relations, the Spanish Civil War, and the treatment of the so-called premature antifascists makes for fascinating reading.
Thank you, dear kind (wise) lady. This was one of my favorite books of the 1980s (and I read about 500 books a decade) -- I will never forget how immersed I was in the story, to the point where I lost absolutely all sense of time and place. As soon as I finished "Davita," I sadly returned it to her, for this book is a keeper. At the end of that workday, I RAN and bought everything Potok had written up to that point. They were all wonderful, but "Davita" will always be my favorite, with "Chosen" and "Promise" both running a close second.
I read everything Potok wrote pre-1990, and strongly urge you to read this author. But start with "Davita."
leave you disappointed.
Potok touches on war, confusion, passion, community, justice, faith, family, politics,
death, grief, and life--all the essentials of an existential masterpiece! What makes the
book so enjoyable is that it is written from the perspective of a young girl who
experiences life's disappointments and joys, usually, for the first time. Potok invites
readers into Davita's life and subtly asks us to reflect on life's experiences we ourselves
have lived. The insightful reader will grab Potok's bait and give thoughtful consideration
to life's twists and turns and reexamine ideas and relationships that all to often lack
serious attention and effort. May Potok's portrayal of Davita's inquisitive life place you
in a position to reexamine yours.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story told in Potak style - love the way Reuvan Malter is in the story!Published 1 month ago by Lyn Maute
Given the beauty and grace of Potak's writing, I shouldn't be so surprised that he managed to be so successful in capturing the internal world of a young girl, and yet, I was. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christina Sampson
Chaim Potok clearly had a chip on his shoulder. Having grown up and received much of his education in Orthodox environment, then somewhere along the line he left Orthodoxy and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shmuel M
I loved this book. One problem with reading anything by this author after The Chosen is that The Chosen is so near perfect that anything else pales in comparison. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Monica R.
I just really liked this book. The feminism theme is particularly personal to me at the moment. The whole Jewish theme is always interesting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Taylor
I loved it.
This was my first encounter with Chaim Potok and I simply couldn't put it down. Read more