You or Someone Like You

You or Someone Like You

by Chandler Burr

Donna Newman: Jewish boy meets non-Jewish girl at Columbia University apporximately 30 years ago...you can predict the plot. However, this book is so much more than what you can imagine. Themes include the purpose of religion, one's sense of identity, family influences and their importance, prejudice, and the value of literature in today's world.

Anne Rosenthal, the wife of Howard, a successful member of the film community in Hollywood, starts a book club that grows beyond her imaginination. The works of literature that she chooses are broad in scope; the discussions of the books are on par with any college literature course you might have taken. (I was motivated to look for my Norton's Anthologies to reread poems that were analyzed.) I loved this part of the novel; it might be boring for those readers who do not love words and digging below the surface of what is written. Anne is a very interesting woman, and I identified with many of her trials and tribulations.

I was disappointed in the hurry up and finish nature of the end, but that is so often found in novels. I usually do not enjoy novels written by male authors who create female protagonists, but I did like Anne. I found myself thinking about the book when I finished it, discussing pieces of literature that were cited with friends, and pondering many of the issues that were discussed. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a lover of literature; I would also recommend it to those who are open to exploring their own self-concepts
Rating: ****

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