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Exodus

A Memoir
Narrated by: Deborah Feldman
Series: Unorthodox, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Summary

In 2009, at the age of 23, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, best-selling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery - a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee.

Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity - no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love.

Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for listeners everywhere.

©2014 Deborah Feldman (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful!

I listened to this memoir straight after listening to the first, Unorthodox, and it exceeded all expectations. The difference between the two stories reflects the huge journey Deborah has been on.. the somewhat cold perspective delivered in Unorthodox, written during a time of great upheaval, is here replaced with a much more emotional and reflective narrative, perhaps helped by the author now being the speaker also. Here we follow Deborah's struggles to find roots and meaning in a new world - a story uniquely her own, but from which most readers will find something to relate, and lots to learn. It is beautifully done, and I would urge everyone to give it a listen.

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A bit boring

In the book the author jumps between events, completely oblivious to chronology, which makes me lose interest. A bit nothingy...

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A Must read

Loved it, listened to it all in one day. I just had to know what happened after Unorthodox. Feel like I've learned so much aswell. Please release another book in the UK soon, as I know you won't publish anything in the US whilst Trump is in power.

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Very detailed story

unfortunately I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book. I didn't enjoy the narrators voice , the story wasn't really about what I had expected, it was interesting but it wasnt about how she adapted so much was just her travelling and other relationships she had but storyline didn't flow and was no real ending.

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A self-discovery journey

This is the second book of the author that I have read. Looking forward to her next book.

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Awesome

I’ve been with Deborah on two of her journeys, Unorthodox and now Exodus. I feel like she has become an acquaintance of sorts, someone who I enjoyed listening to and became enthralled by her story which clearly demonstrated tenacity, grit and perseverance. Sharing Deborah’s journey left me feeling as though I’ve been with her every step of the way. I too share Deborah’s background although not with chadism but with ultra orthodoxy. Perhaps that’s in good part because I too was made to feel an outsider, felt distinctly apart from the community I was living with and so can identify with much of what Deborah endured both in terms of treatment and experiences by those very same people. I too left the fold having been rejected and then in turn rejected those very same who rejected me. I went on to experience the same freedom and life of which Deborah speaks and so can therefore identify much with her journey.

Deborah’s story is all that more extraordinary because she literally started from the bottom and worked her way up, above and beyond all the obstacles which could so easily have prevented her success. Her books are well written and convey a sincerity and truthful honesty which draws the reader in. My only criticism would be that I would have liked, particularly in the follow-up book Exodus, there to have been more detail about her life and how she navigated it post orthodoxy.

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  • Charlene S. Gibson
  • 01-05-20

A Stream of Conscious Experience...

I waited to do both of my book reviews until I had completed listening to both Unorthodox and Exodus. I expected Exodus to have the same level of depth and Intrigue as Unorthodox and left feeling disappointed.

Providing a disjointed account of her travels while she sought to understand her grandmother's Holocaust experience and more about her own life, she shares random and iften disjointed stories about certain people, experiences with anti-Semitism and her life after leaving her community.

I loved Unorthodox...both the book and the series, but feel that this one will only be for die-hard fans who want to learn a little bit more. I expected much more depth and insight and felt that both were promised and so I left the book feeling underwhelmed.

That said, I highly recommend Unorthodox and this one only if you want more of her subsequent experience told in her own voice and don't mind the lack of introspection that it seems to promise and you are okay with following along a stream of conscious experience.

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  • Débora Finkielsztejn
  • 19-05-20

Touching

When I finished listening to "Unorthodox", I thought I needed more of Debora Feldman's story. Then I realized that she had a second book and that she was the one reading it. One cannot miss her second book. I cried in so many paragraphs. Just love it.

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  • Sean Devereaux
  • 19-05-20

Unoriginal writing. All over the place.

we really didint need to hear about every.single.guy that she came across and slept or didint sleep with, it got tedious and boring. Also she seems to be often shocked by things that don't require that kind of response.
p.s I am a woman, the account is under my husband's name.

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  • Clr
  • 11-05-20

Exodus from Unorthodoc

Really enjoyed finding out what happened after Deborah left Berlin and how her life outside came together from within.

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  • Gail Issen
  • 04-08-20

Confusing

While I enjoyed each segment I found the jumps forward and backward in time very confusing. Her first book, Unorthodox, was much better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

no.

the rating is given less to the performance and more to the book itself ( even though her voice sounds so very american in the way she picks the parts she wants to stress etc - for a non american listener it sounds annoying and void of content).
the book is a less worthy follow up to Unorthodox- while one could empathise with the character in Unorthodox, it is almost impossible to do so in Exodus. this book wants to be a journey of discovering who one is in the absence of the strict definitions provided by religion, but it only manages to be a list of how to be an entitled, racist bitch.
it does, however, raise some pertinent questions ( once you get passed the racist, obtuse views she has of the world) - about who we are when society does not have a template at the ready to define us.
none of them is 'what happened to the jews of Europe?' ( a: they are now in Israel, bullying / killing Palestinians).
do not recommend ( the author actually expresses disdain towards audiobooks in her book Exodus - apparently, real reading only happens when trees died for the paper used in printing the book - so her reading it for Audible is ... ironic in the tacky sort of way) .
spare your money for something worth reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

Liked

I enjoyed this book. it was honest and insightful. thanks for sharing deborah. I can see how some could give a more negative review because of judgement on how the author lived or thought.

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  • g
  • 30-05-20

Lacking real depth

Unlike in unorthodox, the struggles that the author tries to build up on in this book seem dishonest.

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  • Dyan Constantine
  • 26-05-20

What a Drag

The story was pointless as a follow up to Unorthodox. I am still trying to figure why we needed to hear this story and why it could have been an extension to the previous book. I learnt nothing, just that the author seemed judgmental.