• Title: Reuben Sachs
  • Author: Amy Levy Julia Neuberger
  • ISBN: 9781903155127
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reuben Sachs Oscar Wilde wrote of this novel Its directness its uncompromising truths its depth of feeling and above all its absence of any single superfluous word make Reuben Sachs in some sort a classic
    Oscar Wilde wrote of this novel, Its directness, its uncompromising truths, its depth of feeling, and above all, its absence of any single superfluous word, make Reuben Sachs, in some sort, a classic Reuben Sachs, the story of an extended Anglo Jewish family in London, focuses on the relationship between two cousins, Reuben Sachs and Judith Quixano, and the tensions betOscar Wilde wrote of this novel, Its directness, its uncompromising truths, its depth of feeling, and above all, its absence of any single superfluous word, make Reuben Sachs, in some sort, a classic Reuben Sachs, the story of an extended Anglo Jewish family in London, focuses on the relationship between two cousins, Reuben Sachs and Judith Quixano, and the tensions between their Jewish identities and English society The novel s complex and sometimes satirical portrait of Anglo Jewish life, which was in part a reaction to George Eliot s romanticized view of Victorian Jews in Daniel Deronda, caused controversy on its first publication.

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    1. Reuben Sachs is a short novel written by a young British Jewish woman (she was in her 20s) in the 1880s, that consciously sets out to enlarge or correct the picture of the British Jewish community set out by George Eliot in Daniel Deronda. Amy Levy seems to have felt that George Eliot painted a picture that was at once too romantic and “eastern” and too homogeneous. Through the description of the various connections of Reuben Sachs, a young politician, Amy Levy shows us different attitudes a [...]

    2. This is a beautifully crafted little novel. The language is faultless, pared down to only that which is needed, yet at the same time painting an unforgetable picture of Anglo-Jewish life at the end of the 19th century. The story is that of Reuben Sachs abnd his cousin Judith Quixano. Much is expected of young Reuben, and Judith is a poor relation, and a romance between them would be unthinkable in the gossipy, snobbish community they live in. In terms of plot it might be fair to say that not muc [...]

    3. My first Persephone!Reuben Sachs sounded incredibly promising when I came across it in Skoob, my absolute favourite second hand book store in London. The blurb describes it as a 'feminist plea' and 'praised by Oscar Wilde'. Well, I just had to pick that up. However, upon finishing the novel, I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed.Unfortunately, the first two thirds of the story was rather dull. We follow Reuben himself and Judith Quixano, two young Jews in London. Although it seems that Amy [...]

    4. Few imprints deliver books of such consistent quality as Persephone. At first I found this novella heavy-going, because of tirades against the way Jews look and behave on almost every page. Apparently the author was very ambivalent towards her own background, which may account partly for her suicide when she was 27 years old. But the story does gather momentum, and builds towards a thoroughly satisfying finale. In the end I found it not only a curio but a genuine if slight achievement. The topic [...]

    5. This novel was almost as interesting for its author as for its subject matter. Amy Levy is surprisingly little-known: a highly-educated British Jew, who attended Cambridge in the 1880s, travelled widely and published poetry and fiction before her early death by suicide at the young age of 27. Reuben Sachs (1888) is her most famous work and though slight of plot it packs into its 150 pages a kaleidoscope of Jewish characters, their different characteristics described with great skill. From the ol [...]

    6. Leaves you wondering what more Amy Levy might have achieved had she not committed suicide in 1889, in her late 20s. After reading this novel, Oscar Wilde described Levy as 'a girl of genius', and in many ways she was a precursor of modernism. She admired Jane Austen and that influence is clear in the plot and her ironic style. However her darker vision also encompassed a critique of capitalism and a feminist perspective.

    7. A Jewish Thomas Hardy. Starcrossed lovers who take choices that suit their circumstances and peer group rather than following their heart. The choices they take prove fatal, both literally and metaphorically. That the novel was said to be anti-Semitic and panned by critics probably contributed to the depression that lead to the tragic suicide of the author.

    8. Rather slow at the beginning and unfortunate that Amy Levy has been called "the Jewish Jane Austen". Her character descriptions are not in the least Austenesquebut the book is utterly readable and we do feel for the characters.A bit too much discussion of'the race of Shem' for modern taste but this book is very much of its period and definitely worth reading.

    9. I did not really enjoy the writing that much, but I absolutely loved everything that needed to be read between the lines. This is a great little novel which gives an accurate vision of 19th-century London and what it was like to be part of a Jewish family at the time. It will also give you all the feels if you are as sensitive as me - I cried my eyes out and spent half a pack of tissues on this book.

    10. I liked this story, and the way to storyteller wrote about her characters. But I am not of the Jewish faith, and some of the faith traditions and commentary were simply lost on me. I regret not being able to understand her characters fully.

    11. This was my first Persephone and it was sweet and sad and its strange and lovely to read a book by a Jewish female author of that time.

    12. The writing style for this Victorian era novel felt modern and not very stuffy at all. I found it hard to believe that this was written around the time Daniel Deronda was written (the book is a little bit of a riposte to George Eliot's overly exotic, romantic treatment of Jewish characters in that book).It is about an extended Jewish family in England during the 1800s, and mainly centers around the romantic sparks that fly between a young up-and-coming politician (Reuben Sachs) and his adoptive [...]

    13. Reuben Sachs is the second Persephone Books work to be featured on my website and I was very excited to get my hands on it. Social satire written by a young Victorian woman? Yes please! Oscar Wilde himself had nothing but praise for the book:Its directness, its uncompromising truths, its depth of feeling, and, above all, its absence of any single superfluous word, make it, in some sort, a classic. Like all [Levy’s] best work it is sad, but the sadness is by no means morbid. The strong underton [...]

    14. I love Jane Austen. The comparison of Amy Levy to Austen featured in Persephone's description of the book is what prompted me to pick up Reuben Sachs. I think the comparison is apt, but gave me entirely the wrong impression. I expected something light and sparkling, cutting but fond in the way of Austen's romances. It quickly becomes apparent that there is no happy ending possible to Reuben Sachs, and I left the novel unread and disappointed. When I picked it up tonight, I knew what I was gettin [...]

    15. I read this in 2006 when studying abroad. I kept the copy I'd purchased because it seemed like it was kind of difficult to get ahold of. It's short, so I re-read it recently. I kept wishing that Judith would have broken out of society's expectations for her and left both Reuben and Bertie by the end, but this, being a satire, doesn't do wish fulfillment. The ending is rushed and I'm not sure what she was going for by having everyone in a state of misery like that.

    16. Beautiful little gem of a book. Wonderfully written with heavy, ponderous prose, and lively and realistic characters. I just felt so much for the pain Judith goes through, Levy just sits back, and lets the reader absorb the images and emotions she creates. I also love how everything just occurs gently within the background. A truly touching book.

    17. This is the sort of book that I would never have picked up had I not been required to read it for class. It's dry, tedious, uneventful . . . really not a pleasure to read. There's a cleverness to Levy's writing, true. And the illustration of Anglo-Jewish life was interesting. Nevertheless, it was difficult to get through, and I will likely never pick it up again.

    18. Having a little public-domain e-book downloading spreeAnother book seemingly inspired by Daniel Deronda, but a good one.

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