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Questions in the Silence Paperback – August 3, 2011
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I could relate to the way Ari questioned her place as a woman within the patriarchal scene of religion. Her questions were never really answered and in the end, she has to choose the life of a selfless (in the eyes of her religion) or to pursue a self-promoting life.
I really enjoyed the ideas put forth in this book. Unfortunately, the story was told in a very choppy manner and switched character perspective numerous times within a single chapter. The formatting left something to be desired as well. I wish the story would have been more emotionally compelling. The author seemed to play it as safe as the character. I did appreciate the nod towards Jewish tradition and feel I learned some new information.
I had my ups and downs with this one. I liked the book in some ways, don't get me wrong, but it just lacked luster for me. It dedicated a lot of its writing to the ins and outs of growing up in Ari's world. On this point, I did find the story rather enlightening since I am not familiar with many of the Jewish religious ways. I was so glad that I wasn't lost for most of the book because the author did explain most of these traditions. I felt that the issue with the missing patient should have been addressed earlier in the story, instead of feeling as if that was a side note in a book that read like a biography rather than a paranormal type book. I did enjoy Ari's different jobs and all that led to her getting her Master's degree. I did like the book, I just didn't like how I felt it was somewhat drawn out with Ari's life and less about the paranormal type story material I expected to read about, but that's just my take. It was an interesting read though for me, as it is not something I would normally pick up.
I give Questions in the Silence by Karen Glick 3.5 of 5 stars.
The best part of this book for me was the spiritual context. Several places take different religious aspects and pick them apart. This lets you join in the discussion in your head and figure out your own beliefs. Later, other serious topics (such as politics) enter and once again you get to check out new perspectives and figure out where you yourself lie in the mix.
This book is well written and easy to read while at the same time causing you to think about both your life and others, as well as the possibilities of our lives and mortality.
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