Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Invisible Wall

                I decided to read The Invisible Wall because my friend Sara recommended it to me. Also the title was very intriguing and after I read about what the book was about I knew I would be interested. This book was challenging for a few reasons. One reason this book was confusing was because the setting was in a foreign country. Another reason was that there were words in this reading that I didn’t know the meaning to. The last reason this book was challenging was because I personally find it difficult to read about discrimination. However, this book was very good and I would defiantly recommend it to others.

                Reading a book that takes place in a foreign county is always a challenge for me. I constantly find myself getting confused over names, streets, and the like. This book was no different. Although many of the names were pretty distinguished it was still hard to navigate around the town in my head. It helped that the book took place in England and not in a country that speaks a totally foreign language, but it was still difficult to understand where everything was taking place. Also in this book there is a “invisible wall” going down the middle of the street. There were Jews on one side and everyone else on the other. Towards the beginning of the book it was hard to remember which side was for the Jews and with which street names and which side was for the Christians.
                Another reason this book was confusing was because there were some words that I didn’t know. Words like chiefly, garn, cheder, and qualms, I have never seen before. Some of the words, such as cheder, are English and so we don’t usually speak them in the United States. When I found a word I didn’t know I would have to look it up in the dictionary because most of the time I needed to know the meaning of the word in order to understand what was happening. Also a lot of the foreign words I found were mean names that Christian people would call the Jews.
            The third reason I found this book challenging was because I strongly disprove of discrimination. I don’t believe anyone should be discriminated against for any reason, not even religion. I sometimes found myself tearing up because of how mean the Christian people were being to the Jews. I don’t understand how people can think it is right to be mean to others just because of a certain characteristic they posses. It doesn’t make sense to me so I have a hard time reading about it without getting angry or sad.
            Even with the challenges this book presents I still found it to be a very good read. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone looking for a good new book to nestle into the couch with. This book was great and I never wanted to stop reading.
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