The Hand of Divine Justice by Therese Zrihen-Dvir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, it's a great family history and story of personal redemption. The dialogue seemed a bit formal to my American ears, but I enjoyed it and it made me want to write which is always a good thing in my opinion. The only problems I had with this novel are that some of the characters seemed a bit one-dimensional (like Claude, Paul, and Cathy)and I didn't quite understand the animosity of Mardoché for Solomon at times. It seems clear to me why Solomon would do what he chose to do; learning about his identity and pursuing his education seem like good things to do even if they are uncomfortable at times. His parents, especially Mardoché, seemed very selfish in this regard to me, and Mercedes seemed to be the only objective character in regard to this. I don't know if this is perhaps a cultural misunderstanding of mine or if it is a failure on the author's part to truly make the reader understand the motivations of the characters.
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