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  • #973671
    haifagirl
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    Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. All by Ayn Rand.

    Atlas Shrugged is by far the best novel I have ever read. And it gets better with each rereading.

    #973672
    Shticky Guy
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    I seem to have missed this thread. Dont know how.

    Blinky Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! (Thompson and Thompson were my favorite guys)

    You’ve missed the essence of the twins names! One was Thompson with a letter P, but the other was Thomson without it, even though they were twins!

    Every book they give different reasons for the letter P in the 1st twin’s name eg in one volume he says “I’m Thompson with a P as in pschchology!!”

    #973673
    shuli
    Participant

    a separate peace i just finished reading and it was amazing

    to kill a mockigbird is another great read. i was surprised noone mentioned it. they are non-jewish but very clean. jodi picoult is an amzing writer. a really good book by her is my sister’s keeper.

    very well written.

    #973674
    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk. It’s a Jewish novel, written by a frum author and it’s part of the canon of great 20th century American literature.

    #973675

    The Youngest Bride ( jewish historical fiction)

    Struggle to the Summit by Rivkah Zucker (true story)

    Captive Soul by Shoshana Schwartz (fiction)

    The Betrayal (jewish historical fiction-kuzar)

    anything by Marcus Lehmann (jewish historical fiction)

    Sun Inside Rain by M Bassra (fiction)

    Shadows on the Moon by Brocha Goykadosh (fiction)

    THe Scribe by Uri Raskin (fiction not high level,but very good)

    The Yellow Notebook by Devorah Rosen (fiction)

    Agains the Wall by Ruthie Pearlman (fiction)

    Dual Discovery (jewish historical fiction-yetzias mitzrayim)

    And Rachel was his Wife (jewish historical fiction-r’ Akiva’s wife)

    The Gordian Knot by Yair Weinstock (fiction)

    Race to the Top by Sarah Kisner (fiction)

    A New Song by Barbara Bensousson (fiction)

    Shortchanged (historical ficiton)

    Barriers by Ruth Arielli (fiction)

    Morning Star by Meir Uri Gottesman (fiction0

    Deep Blue by Meir uri Gottesman (fiction)

    Wings by Meir uri Gottesman (fiction0

    The Harp by Meir Uri Gottesman (ficiton)

    Pyramid Base by Eli Shekter (fiction)

    The Accused I and II by Mayer Bendett (fiction)

    Tomorrow May Be too LAte by Chaya Stavsky Rubin (historical fiction)

    White Ice by Devora Weiner (fiction)

    The Castle Builders

    Double Check

    Changing Tides

    Musawi

    The Stars will Guide You

    Barriers

    Shadows and Light

    the Ruach Ami series-Avner Gold

    Entangled by Yaakov Hirschson

    Complex Mission by ” “

    Lone Star by Devorah Rosen

    Off Limits by “”

    not saying i liked all of these, but it’s a list…:0)

    as for nonjewish…

    A Tale of Two Cities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv that book!

    My Sister’s Keeper (could have better language though)

    The Importance of Being Earnest (really most things by Wilde)

    :0)

    #973676

    The Jewish Kingdom of Kuzar :0)

    #973677
    cantoresq
    Member

    Anything by Tom Wolfe is worth reading, as is anything by Kurt Vonnegut. Other great fiction writers of the 20th century are Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, And Cynthia Ozick. For less highbrow, but quality reading, look at Scott Turow, Leon Uris, and James Michinner. Among non-American authors, I very much enjoyed reading Thomas Mann’s Joseph series and his Budenbrooks. Stefan Zweig’s anthology of historic short stories was great. A.J. Cronin’s The Citadel and A Pocketful of Rye were good reads. Leon Feuchtwanger’s biography of Benjamin Franklin (the title escapes me) was excellent. And of course, there is Erich Maria Remarque’s A Time to Love and a Time to Die (which is far better than his All Quiet on the Western Front) and Arc Du Triomphe. Another great book, is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s rather nice to remember the old days when I read fiction.

    #973678
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    I used to be an avid reader. Lately I dont usually have time to read, but I picked up a novel that my wife was reading and could not put it down. It’s called The Double Life of Chani Greenberg by Menuchah Beckerman. Anyone read it? What did you think? An amazing storyline, a bit long winded in places but fascinating and completely gripping! I recommend it.

    #973679
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Bump

    Has nobody read it? What did you think?

    #973680
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Thank you mods for re-opening this thread. Was it closed for discussing non Jewish books? I wouldnt have thought so as YWN are usually relaxed about stuff like that. Of course only appropriate books should be recommended.

    I have finished with The Double Life of Chani Greenberg (thanx to you all for your feedback) and would like suggestions for another great preferably Jewish novel, to keep me away from clean but non jewish thrillers that I am hooked on such as my favorite author Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels which are absolutely outstanding, and Nelson DeMille’s books etc

    BTW I hope you tintin fans are excited on the new release!

    #973681
    OneOfMany
    Participant

    Re: haifagirl’s suggestion: Although undeniably well-written, these books have objectionable hashkafic content. (I found this out too late.) Proceed with caution.

    To all looking for a 1000+ page novel, War and Peace is by far the superior choice. Very clean, and absolutely genius.

    #973682
    Nechomah
    Participant

    I just finished reading Green Fences by Riva Pomeranz for the second time. Really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    #973683
    Englishman
    Member

    Why read novels, when you have the coffee room?

    #973684
    MRME
    Member

    Best novels I have ever read (and I read a TON) are the following 3 historical novels:

    1.) Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet

    2.) World Without End by Ken Follet

    3.) Fall Of Giants by Ken Follet

    #973685
    brotherofurs
    Participant

    ooh i heard that one was good i wanna read it soon bH

    dual discovery is soo good! it really helped me feel more sensitive during pesach time.

    all for the boss!!!-i know its not a novel but its the best book ever and i love it

    #973686
    Toi
    Participant

    bruno and boots/macdonald hall.

    come on, you know you love em.

    #973687
    Astrix
    Participant

    Anything be Lee Child or Harlan Coben.Peace.

    #973688
    giggle girl
    Participant

    DEEP BLUE is a must! i just finished it and loved it! i don’t think i ever red a book that was so good!

    as for non-Jewish: A Tale of Two Cities and The Time Machine. i had to read them in school but i really liked them.

    #973689

    GG-totally agree on tale of 2 cities. great classic

    other books i liked that others mentioned- a separate peace, caine mutiny, phantom tollbooth, my sister’s keeper (i don’t recommend any of her other books-stay far away from some of them. not all of them are appropriate)

    #973690
    cinderella
    Member

    Anyone here into “A series of unfortunate events”? My little sister got me obsessed with them even though they are kind of kids books. Lemony Snicket is a literary genius. I esp love his dedications. (V’hameivin Yavin) I definitely recommend them.

    #973691
    agentemes
    Participant

    Someone earlier mentioned Nachman Seltzer he has a new novel The Shadows

    #973692
    supergirl613
    Member

    Footprints in the Sand-Bracha Goykadosh

    Yesterday’s Child-last name is Benjamin, can’t remember the 1st name

    Miracle Ride-“Tzipi Caton”

    The Mission-cant remember who wrote it

    The Envelope-cant remember who wrote it

    The Persecution-David Eliad

    #973693
    soliek
    Member

    The Spire by Richard North Patterson. that book was so good that i couldnt read anything else that day after finishing it.

    #973694
    BTGuy
    Participant

    According to Jewish values, I think you cant go wrong with any of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mark Twain’s stories are good, too. Life on the Mississippi is good. Also, Booker T Washington, Up From Slavery was a remarkable, memorable, encouraging, and true story.

    #973695
    brotherofurs
    Participant

    how about the chosen? did anyone ever read it? is it good?

    #973696
    brotherofurs
    Participant

    Pleasee if anyone did read it let me know cuz i wanna make sure that its like ‘kosher’

    #973697
    kapusta
    Participant

    Yesterday’s Child-last name is Benjamin

    Ruth Benjamin?

    I think she also wrote “On a Golden Chain”. (I remember it being a good book, but I read it a long time ago.

    *kapusta*

    #973698
    hanib
    Participant

    brotherofurs – i don’t know your background and who you are, but chaim potok’s books are generally assumed to be problematic – some better, some worse. sequel to the chosen is definitely not kosher. to answer your question better and more honestly, one would have to know who you are and where you’re coming from. if you’re truly sincere, best to not read it.

    #973699
    hanib
    Participant

    shticky – how much did you end up bribing the mods and which mod was most bribable?

    #973700
    tahini
    Member

    Short, simple and absolutely brilliant, ” Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

    #973701
    brotherofurs
    Participant

    of mice and men has a curses on every page :'( i didnt finish it.

    and binahyesaira-thank you soo much for your advice i read a diff book by him but it was.. well , Nottt for me. :'( thats why i wanted to make sure before i picked up this one. I dont think im gonna read it but i might have to for school. :(.. anyway thanks

    #973702
    OneOfMany
    Participant

    ALL of John Steinbeck’s works are EXCELLENT. I particularly recommend East of Eden. It’s fascinating. I could see why Of Mice and Men (and perhaps a couple of his other short novels) might be objectionable (on basis of language).

    #973703
    observanteen
    Member

    Rachel Pomerants is Definitely one of my favorites. I just finished “Wildflower” – absolutely amazing. There’s so much you can learn from her books. I’ve read countless times “As Mountains Around Jerusalem” and “A Time To Rend, A Time To Sew”.

    As for suspense novels (which I usually feel empty after reading, so I don’t do it often) Chaim Greenberg is certainly the best. His latest “Mexico Files” had me reading it almost in one shot. Both, his first book, “The Will” and this are well written and truly fascinating.

    #973704
    hanib
    Participant

    brotherofurs: the chosen is definitely the most innocent of all his books (that i’ve seen).

    #973705
    brotherofurs
    Participant

    o ok thanks 🙂

    #973706
    Nechomah
    Participant

    I just bought 2 books yesterday. One is an old one, but really nice, called Autumn Rain by Rachel Schorr. The second is one that was recently serialized in Mishpacha by Riva Pomerantz, called Charades. I missed a lot of the chapters in the magazine so I was excited to see the book and read the whole thing.

    #973707
    moi aussi
    Member

    The Third Twin by Ken Follet

    Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

    Raquela by Ruth Gruber

    #973708
    soliek
    Member

    I think that every one of Yair Weinstock’s novels are excellent…for biur chametz…

    #973709
    moi aussi
    Member

    Escape from India by Avigail Myzlik

    Escape from India is the amazing true story of Ronen D., an Israeli, who like many of his peers was drawn to the free and relaxed atmoshphere of India. Ronen becomes entangled in a world he wished he had never known. He is tempted to stray from the path of a newly observant Jew committing a crime to cover debts from his struggling business. The act he performs, “one last time”, lands him in prison in India.

    Incarcerated in a Bombay jail built for 800, Ronen is crammed in with 3500 prisoners, many waiting years just to stand trial, without knowing when their ordeal will end. The terrible overcrowding, the constant hunger, and the presence of thousands of hardened criminals, in a prison lacking the most basic hygienic standards and where filth and disease are rampant, caused most prisoners to lose their human dignity.

    While in this living hell, Ronen is further tortured by loneliness and longing for his wife, daughters, and loving family. But Ronen’s imprisonment serves as the impetus to rise above the prison walls and finally escape from his own evil inclination. With his powerful wellspring of faith, Ronen dedicates every waking hour to learning Torah and immersing himself in prayer; he repents from the depths of his heart, and attains freedom, even behind bars. Trusting only in God to help him, Ronen miraculously succeeds in escaping, seemingly accompanied by angels, all the way back to Tel Aviv.

    The book is translated from the original Hebrew, in Ronen’s own straightforward touching style. You will journey through Ronen’s fascinating and unique inner struggle. It is a journey that will take you from despair to hope; from a broken heart and body, to a spiritual and physical triumph. It is a journey that will never leave you!

    #973710
    AinOhdMilvado
    Participant

    Two old, long, but SUPER excellent novels…

    SHOGUN by James Clavel – after the first 100 pages or so, you’ll feel like your living in the story and even though it’s long, you will NOT want it to end.

    THE SOURCE by James Michener – an amazing historical novel about Eretz Yisrael that will take you from ancient times up to the present.

    #973711

    brotherofurs: The chosen is a very well written book, but, it’s haskafa is at best misrepesentative of judaisum, and it’s possibly apekorsis.

    #973712
    moishy
    Participant

    Mirror Image

    #973713
    cynic613
    Member

    @StamYeshivaGy I totally get that Potok’s books may not be appreciated/appropriate for a lot of readers here…and I agree it was misrepresentative of Judaism…but possibly apekorsus? It’s simply not. It’s far to easy to throw around that term when dealing with something you disagree with, lay off the koolaid. By the by, Potok lived as an observant (albeit modern) Jew.

    #973714
    moi aussi
    Member

    @cynic613 I agree with StamYeshivaGy that The Chosen smacks of apikorsus. What does koolaid have to do with it?

    Does your name suggest that you’re cynical about the 613 mitzvos? Just wondering….

    #973715
    cynic613
    Member

    @moi aussi, you and StamYeshivaGy are more than welcome to share what exactly about the book is apekorsus. It may not be glatt kosher (and for that reason I personally would not recommend the book to people here), but it’s not apekorsus. Drinking the koolaid means “to accept an argument or philosophy wholeheartedly or blindly without critical examination (thank you wikipedia for the well worded explanation). It’s so easily convenient for you to say that it “smacks of apikorsus.” I can give the benefit of the doubt that the two of you don’t fully realize what apikorsus actually means and that perhaps the term has entered the yeshiva vernacular to mean something that your rebbe doesn’t approve of. It’s not apikorsus. And my name btw, which in hindsight is confusing, isn’t supposed to mean I’m cynical of the 613. I meant to represent that I follow the 613 and I am a cynical person. 🙂

    #973716
    ronrsr
    Member

    Potok was reared in an orthodox household and was an ordained rabbi, from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

    #973717
    moi aussi
    Member

    cynic613, I left Yeshiva/Seminary a long time ago, so I might not know the exact definition of apikorsus (should I check on Wikipedia?) but I know that the main character of The Chosen goes searching for truth in the secular world. He wants to be a psychologist and Freud (an apikores) becomes his Moreh Derech. His message is that the Torah doesn’t have all the answers, and there is truth elsewhere too. You call it “not glatt kosher”, to me it smacks of apikorsus.

    About your name, why do you represent yourself as an observant Jew with a negative character trait? It’s an oxymoron…

    #973718
    cynic613
    Member

    This will be my last post. There is what to respond, but I’m going to draw the line for any sort of conversation or even debate when people resort to personal attacks, no matter how trivial. In light of your comment, it comes as no surprise that you focus on the main character as the chassidishe guy who goes off to college and NOT the modern orthodox guy who enters yeshiva to pursue semicha. To anyone who’s been reading this thread, I hope that you will not blindly accept that things are “apikorsus” or whatever, just because some anonymous moniker online ignorantly told you so. Gut voch to all.

    #973719
    MindOverChatter
    Participant

    To anyone who’s been reading this thread, I hope that you will not blindly accept that things are “apikorsus” or whatever

    cynic: I’m one of the “anyone who’s been reading this thread”. In all honesty, I’ve never read (or had an interest in reading) this book. But I’d like to know, what WOULD happen if I accept that a particular book “smacks off apikorsus” when someone warns me that it does?

    #973720
    moi aussi
    Member

    @cynic613 I fail to see where I personally attacked you. We’re discussing a book, aren’t we?

    I looked up the word moniker, I thought it had to do with my religious views (monk) but it seems that I’m in good company, we are all anonymous monikers in the coffee room!

    A Gitte Voch!

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