Summary- (From Goodreads. Partial Summary)-AFTER ANATEVKA: Tevye in Palestine follows Sholom Aleichem’s timeless character, Tevye the milkman, as he moves his family from Russia to Palestine. Tevye, the wisecracking, Bible-quoting man of God, tells the story of his family’s new life against the backdrop of the conflict between Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
I was unable to finish this book.
This book was very well written. It was not at all the writing that forced me to stop reading.
I went into the book with excitement and unrealistic expectations. I love the musical Fiddler on the Roof. I have never read the books by Sholom Aleichem. I think if I had then this book would have had more appeal.The characters in the book didn’t live up to my expectations of the characters in the play/movie. There were traces of them. Tevya still wishes he was a rich man, still talks to God, and still is devoutly religious. But, I didn’t feel the essence of the Tevya I had expected from the movie.
The book also focused less on the characters and more on the lifestyle issues they were facing with the new socialism they were living with. It just wasn’t very entertaining and the issues it addressed (while certainly important to many people) were not really interesting to me.
If you are a fan of Fiddler on the Roof then this may not be the book for you. But, it may just be the perfect book for a more intellectual crowd.