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2013 Longlisted: The Marrying Of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris #3

Why_It_Will_WinOriginally intended to be a “Why It Will Win” post, this has now morphed into a review that swings to the other side, offering a few humble opinions of why the title didn’t make the Shortlist.

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Why it Will Win: The Kills by Richard House

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.

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2013 Longlisted: The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris #2

The_Marrying_Of_Chani_KaufmanRating: 3
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
A Novel by Eve Harris
2013/350 pages

So, I’ve spent the past few weeks knee-deep in the Frum (Orthodox Jewish) world. That’s basically what Eve Harris’s The Marrying of Chani Kaufman was. It took me forever to read this. I’m usually a speedy reader, and this? This I had a hard time picking up. It’s not that it was a bad book; it just lacked any excitement for me.

Harris depicted the insular and oppressive world of Orthodox Judaism in England in modern times. This could, however, be anywhere: London, Brooklyn, Jerusalem, and really, nearly any time period as well. I myself am Jewish, and found myself rather familiar with much (though not all) of the terminology – often in Yiddish form. However, I imagine if you weren’t familiar, the glossary at the back (especially in e-book form) did little to help you decipher certain things.

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2013 Longlisted: The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris

The_Marrying_Of_Chani_KaufmanRating: 3.5
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

A Novel by Eve Harris
2013 / 350 Pages

Chani Kaufman is only 19 years old, but she already has major responsibilities.  She was raised in a very conservative Jewish family in London, and between her religious duties and her job as an art teacher’s assistant, poor Chani barely has time to prepare for her wedding.  Chani and Baruch went on just four dates before he proposed, which is apparently typical of Jewish dating customs, and now Chani oscillates between feeling lucky and blessed and completely terrified.  Mrs. Kaufman already has 7 other children to care for, so she barely has time to answer her young daughter’s questions about life and marriage.  Chani attempts to gain answers from The Rebbetzin (The Rabbi’s wife), but she has just suffered a terrible miscarriage at the age of 44 and is therefore grief-stricken and preoccupied.  Their religious customs prohibit Chani from speaking too openly about intimate things like sex, marriage, childbirth, and birth control, so she must do what the women before her have done – become a wife and figure it all out little by little.

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The Many Covers Of The 2013 Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right?  But how can you help it?  Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.

Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees.  Let’s play a little game.  Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?

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13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.

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