Disobedience had been on my book shelf since it came out in paperback. I had tried to read the first chaper but at the time it wasn't for me and I could not break myself into the book. But Disobedience survived the culls that I have every six month to keep room on my shelves, and it was given another chance. Plucking it from the shelf has been the best reading choice I have made since the Mitfords book. It has been revealing about the Jewish culture which is almost OCD in its rituals. It describes Londno from a nook hidden from the surface. The changing voices and perspective within the chapters is insightful, giving a sharp aand poignant picture of Jewish Britain. As well as being touching, Alderman is bold and made me laugh out loud.
I'm surprised with myself for not going further the first time but I am glad I went back for another try. For the past few months, I have been reading books that offer no glimpses into deeper meanings but Alderman offers a guided-tour into the closed, tight-kint communites, sexuality. Its more than exposure of a community, its a commentary on the whole of society.
In the Back of the book was a interview with Naomi Alderman.
- Probably the most difficult thing was the same thing that many first time novelists find difficult - just keeping the morale up.
- Inspiration can come from anywhere - its just important to be open to it. It comes from anywhere that fasinates you and from staring into space.
- Boredom is very important for inspiration.