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This story is a present-day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us.Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we unThis story is a present-day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us.Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother. We become intimately engaged with every detail of the plot, and every shade of emotion in these flawed, yet fascinating characters. He yearns to become his father’s favorite son, seeing only one way open to him, to get that which he wants: deceit“What if my father would touch me,” asks Yankle. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation—rather, it is the fear to be found out.And so—covering his arm with the hide of a kid, pretending to be that which he is not—he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father....

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  • Eleonore Caron
    2019-05-29 08:07

    I very much admire Uvi Poznansky! She is a great writer and artist. The art work on the cover of A Favourite Son is stunning. I have been following Uvi's activities from her blog to her art gallery to her internet radio interview. I also entered her writing contest. This lady is very educated and sophisticated. She was kind to me and supportive of me too. I enjoyed her book , the characters came to life as she described the deception against the father. I think it was like the bible story and could also happen in modern times such as nowadays. I wrote of how my daughter tried to deceive my husband and myself to gain attention in my family, ultimately, I think that is what the real goal is for people who deceive others. I think first born children and second and third and so on should be treated equally because if we play favorites someone ends up hurt and nobody wins in the end. I think there is a valuable lesson to be learned in Uvi's story. I look forward to experiencing many more of her stories. http://www.amazon.com/A-Favorite-Son-...

  • Dolores Ayotte
    2019-05-22 09:58

    I am an author. Once again, after reading a book penned by gifted Author Uvi Poznansky, I am able to dream of my possible potential should I follow in her footsteps and continue in my endeavors to stretch my talents like she so adeptly manages to do. Her astonishing knack of expertly drawing from her creative and artistic abilities never ceases to amaze me.Most of us are familiar with the well-known Bible story of Jacob and Esau. Twin sons born to Rebecca and Isaac in their later years, are at odds and in competition to inherit the much coveted blessing from their father on his deathbed. The collaboration that takes place between mother and her favorite son, Yankle, in order to dupe Isaac effectively demonstrates the length some parents will go to in their unfairness, or what I refer to as, the "division" of their love. According to the main thread skillfully woven into this novel, the phenomenon of favoring one child over another may be a curse not only for the favored child but for the rejected one as well. I purposely use the word "division" of love to describe the favoritism both Rebecca and Isaac displayed for opposite sons in this story in order to stress what I consider to be a poignant point.In my opinion, neither parent expresses true love. True love does not divide families nor does it create ugly competitiveness, sibling rivalry, jealously, hatred, anger and all the other undesirable, negative traits expressed between these two sons. Neither parent shows love for their offspring nor toward each other. It has been said that true love multiplies...it never divides. When one discovers this definition of love and fully embraces this concept, the negative emotions experienced by this family and many others, will no longer exist. To me, that is the true moral to this Bible story.Ms. Poznansky takes an age old story and gives it a modern twist. The reader is invited into the tortured psyche of Yankle and the grief, guilt, and full knowledge of the consequence of his deception in order to demonstrate what a living hell is all about. Yankle is haunted by his choice, that of manipulating his father's deteriorating physical condition along with his mother, in order to steal his brother, Esav's birthright. He does not want to repeat history in his own life and continue with this kind of favoritism in his relationship with his own sons. This author shows not only by the cover she has so beautifully painted, but also by the words she has so carefully chosen to depict the results of such a past and present dilemma...the consequences of such a devious act.To quote Ms. Poznansky when describing her book cover, she states, "To me, this is what this image means: looking directly at yourself, facing the pain and the ugly imperfections within, without any attempt to mask who you are--even if you find yourself on the verge of a meltdown." I think each of us will eventually reach this point in life, and regardless of what path we take to get there, we must face ourselves, our actions, our lives and learn what true love is all about...I think this is the genuine motive and goal behind the work of this talented artist and author. Her writing is meant to provoke, prod, persuade, and push us to the limits of our inner selves in order to tie it all together. In my opinion, she is not only showing us a part of herself, her every desire is for us to see our own reflection in her work and see what personal message it holds. She has certainly succeeded with me...

  • Oleg
    2019-06-04 04:13

    "A Favorite Son" is a retelling of a well-known Biblical tale of Jacob and Esau, their mother Rebecca, and Isaac, son of Abraham.Esav and Yankle, in this version, are twins who are born after their mother, Becky, has prayed to God for twenty years to have children. Esav is the first-born by just a "split second" and Yankle, no matter how close he feels to his brother, is always envious of his brother. Yankle tricks his brother into selling his birthright for a pot a stew; Becky tricks her blind and bedridden husband, Isaac, into giving his blessings to Yankle with a "goatskin coat"; deception is discovered and Esav tries to kill Yankle. The storyline is as close to the Bible text as can be but this is not what makes THIS book shine.This story is like a kaleidoscope - with every turn of the page the focus changes and we shift our concentration on a different aspect of the tale. A few of the pictures stand out and make us question the original story - not that it did not have enough ambiguity on its own, mind you - the last talk of disguised Yankle and his dying father, for example. When you read it, you get a feeling that Isaac, while old and blind, might not have been fooled by the goatskin as much as we are led to believe.The tale is told from Yankle's point of view, as he tells it to his own "favorite" son. The author, by a masterful use of shifting tenses and a couple of unobtrusive references, creates an illusion that the story has happened both long time ago and in the present at the same time; which gives this story a new definition of "Timeless." Good read.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-05-18 04:24

    A biblical fan fic with the emphasis on the dysfunctionality of a family. A brothers betrayel. A mothers mental dissociative disorder and above all greed. Lentil soup never tempted me though the kosher -- oops not yet a firm concept -- stew sounds far more appealing. When a woman faints the first time she sees her husband you know something will go wrong. Written with a very dry sense of humor using facts of a medley of the Christian and Jewish faith to confuse and lay upon the table the discrepancies of blind faith. A unique story of human frailty and insecurities which is expressed in greed and deception. A true treasure. WaAr

  • Christoph Fischer
    2019-06-06 08:14

    "A Favorite Son" by Uvi Poznansky is a well crafted and superbly written re-telling of a Biblical story. The rivalry between Jacob and Esav about who is the favorite son. The competition between the two is an old theme and Poznansky does a brilliant job at bringing it into modern day experience and sensitivity. It is a tale of greed, betrayal and twisted family relations.Told from the perspective of the second born twin brother Yankle (Jacob) it shows his hate, insecurities, envy and desperation, yet we also see the mother;'s favoritism and scheming nature and the father's real thought as revealed on the death bed.This story is as valid now as it was back then. On a personal level the story worked incredibly well for me. I had been taught the story in Catholic Religious Education, which paid little respect to the Jewishness of the family and their culture. Poznansky seems to play with both ancient and modern themes, none of which are completely favoured, so there are references to kosher as a future concept as well as a present one.It also achieves to bring relevance to an old story, a wonderful illustration of what the story did and does tell us about families.The format of a novella was well chosen, the writing flows smoothly and comes to a perfectly timed end. I don't know if any biblical and theological sensitivities are being offended by this particular reworking of this story but on a moral and ethical level the novel had a powerful impact on me and I look forward to more of the same.

  • Sheila
    2019-06-06 11:12

    Dysfunctional families aren’t reserved just for the modern day, and this story retells what must be one of the most classic cases in history. The fact that it’s Biblical history just adds to the mystique.It’s the gentle twists of difference that bring this tale of Jacob and Esau to life and give it power. Yankle, the younger son, grows up resenting his bigger, stronger, marginally older brother. Parental favorites wound. Meanwhile the beloved mother appears as a foreigner, carried away from home and family (and riches) to live in a tent with her past safely hidden in a box. She doesn’t wear a burka. Her shoes are painfully inappropriate. She doesn’t belong, and neither does her son.Author Uvi Poznansky adds a sense of immediacy to the tale as Yankle looks back on his past with a curious mix of modern and ancient perspectives. There’s a pleasing humor as he muses over religions born from his home or complains of “no bus ticket to be found; and… a plane ticket was out of the question.” There’s all the delight of the familiar when Jacob’s ladder appears, and all the joy of the new as hints and details sneak quietly into the tale. Simultaneously bringing past and present to life, the author gives this Bible story a powerful modern-day relevance behind its haunting antiquity, with every detail inspiring further thought and contemplation. A masterful retelling.Disclosure: I was lucky enough to buy this when it was free.

  • Brian M.
    2019-06-14 11:02

    5.0 out of 5 stars "A Favorite Son" is a favorite of mine, March 4, 2013By Brian M. Hayden - See all my reviewsI recently read her book, “A Favorite Son.” Let me tell you what I thought of her book.“A Favorite Son” is a modern day interpretation of an old biblical story. Two brothers – twins, and by all accounts equal, except one brother was born one minute before the other. Uvi skillfully sets up the story as she introduces the brothers first. We begin to understand the dynamic of their relationship, and the importance of being first born.Next, Uvi introduces the mother. As we understand her, the special relationship between the mother and one of the sons is unveiled. Like building a brick house, piece by piece Uvi layers the characters and the inter-relationships. The last character she introduces is the father.The stage is set. The characters introduced. All that is left is to see how it will all play out. For the answer to that…you must buy the book – and I am telling you: You must buy this book!Uvi Pozansky is an excellent word smith. She so carefully put this story together that it held my attention from start to finish. For those of you who know me, that is indeed an accomplishment.Uvi Pozansky’s book, “A Favorite Son” is a favorite of mine. It is a must read for everyone!

  • Brenda Perlin
    2019-06-14 12:00

    A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky is a smart retelling of the story of Jacob and Esau. This insightful read is about birthright and power and yet so much more. This book had me laughing at times with the authors great sense of humor that is sprinkled throughout. This story comes alive on the pages. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy history and stories on families and relationships. A Favorite Son is well written and a wildly creative look on this Biblical story. It’s full of life which weaves a tale on one side of negativity and then on the other, compassion. There is true life emotion that pulled me in. Dysfunction is everywhere but so is the human spirit.Quote ~"The notion of asking my brother-no, begging him-to forgive me, crossed my mind. I thought of retracing my footprints and perhaps, finding my way back home, only to realize, by nightfall, that those footprints had led me astray."

  • Judie
    2019-06-02 09:21

    Sometimes it is helpful to hear a familiar story from a different perspective in order to understand more of what the story says and doesn’t say. A FAVORITE SON does that with the biblical story of Jacob (Yanklel), his parents, Isaac and Rebecca, and his twin brother, Esau (Esav). Uvi Poznansky tells the story from both a biblical and modern perspective emphasizing the psychological aspects. Basically it is the story of sibling rivalry and parental favoritism and highlights a rather dysfunctional foursome who still manage to occupy a positive place in religious history. Yankle questions how that came to be. Most of the story is identical to the biblical version but there are a few changes, some to relate to modern times. The story, told from Yankle’s perspective, opens from him saying Esav pulled ahead of him to become the first born by a split second. That was very important because the first born child inherited everything from his father. But Yankle questions why his mother told him that (“Why would [a mother] pit one son against another?”) because of how that knowledge affected his life and made him feel “a burning desire to surpass my brother....I had to win it all–or be left with nothing.” He was her favorite, as Esav was his father’s. Poznansky does not mention the Biblical story which has God telling Rebecca before the twins were born that “the older would serve the younger.” There are hints of Yankle’s future relationship with his own sons. Rebecca gives him the sleeve of her goatskin coat to deceive Isaac (in the original version he wears Esav’s clothes and has the animal skin on his arm) and Yankle pledges he will never show favoritism to any of his own children. (I saw Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat the night before I read this novella. So much for his remembering his vow.) Yankle offers Esav lentil stew, Esav asks if it’s kosher. The laws of kashrut, in fact the entire Bible, were still in the future. He decides the Yankle-in-the-Box restaurant chain was established in honor of his stew. In the Bible, after sending Yankle away to escape his brother’s wrath, Rebecca is not mentioned again. A FAVORITE SON has him seeing her in the desert, telling him part of her story while her dress, her black veil, tells him his father had died. Yankle considered his father to be wimp–his father sent a servant to find a wife for him, but, until he fled Esav’s fury, Yankle had never ventured away from home, either. (Isaac realized that they were very similar but that angle is not explored.) Yankle blames Isaac as well himself for his own weaknesses and notes the name his father gave him means “follower:” “How can a follower become a leader?” As he plans to give parting advice to his sons before he dies, Isaac observed “I have come to the conclusion based on many, many years of experience, that I can expect with perfect certainty, that my advice will be utterly and immediately ignored. While the discrepancies between A FAVORITE SON and the Bible are the writer’s prerogative, there was at least one contradiction: When Rebecca visits Isaac as he is dying, she asks “What will I do without you?” On the next page she tell him, “You have a long life ahead of you.” Beautifully written, A FAVORITE SON tells the story behind the legend. This book was a free Amazon download.

  • Susan Kaplan
    2019-05-21 07:07

    A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky is a very clever retelling of the story of Jacob and Esau. The underlying story holds very strongly to the conflict of Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca as described in the book of Genesis. However, just as reading the Torah is a lot about reading between the lines and interpreting what is said, and not said, so, too, does A Favorite Son provide the "inside story" from the viewpoint of all the major characters in this tale. The story is set in modern times, with modern conveniences, such as the stiletto heels Rivkah wears, and the reference to a Rolls-Royce when she demands a quadruple-humped camel from Isaac. This is a tongue-in-cheek satire that also makes the reader think about the motivations of the characters in the story in the book of Genesis. The story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis is well - known: Jacob steals Esau's birthright by convincing the dying Isaac that he is Esau, Isaac's favorite, with help from his conniving mother Rebecca (here known as Becky), whose favorite is Jacob. In this amusing re-telling, Jacob is Yankel (a Yiddish-ized version of Jacob), and he is a snide, lazy, whining, well, schmuck, but his parents and brother are no better. While the book is very funny, the underlying story of family dysfunction and the consequences of envy, favoritism, and deceit, as told in Genesis, is made even more obvious in this re-creation. And of course while Yankel swears he will never do to one of his children what was done to him, of course he does, by making Joseph his favorite son, and that, too, led to disastrous consequences and disruptions in family dynamics. In fact, at the end of the book, we realize that Yankel is telling this story to one of his own sons. I have read other attempts to re-tell Bible tales and have been sorely disappointed; and so approached this tale with a great deal of hesitation. I was pleasantly surprised to find this so well done. I would like to read more by this author.

  • Julia
    2019-06-03 09:24

    One of the most unforgettable images in "A Favorite Son" is the long-sleeved goatskin coat of the narrator's mother. At the beginning, the coat is described as "kept safely in her chest, hidden from the eyes of the world." As the story unfolds, in an effort to protect, conceal, and betray, this treasured coat is ripped to shreds, becoming a vivid symbol of the power struggle tearing this family apart.In "A Favorite Son," Uvi Poznansky engages the readers with the eternal themes that have occupied people's minds since times immemorial. It is a story of complicated family relationships, love, death, vengeance, and betrayal.The first person narrator of the story mesmerizes the readers with his authentic, sincere, and honest voice. Honest despite the ultimate act of deceit he is about to commit. In his own words, "I am bold, fierce, adventurous. I am my father's favorite son." And that is indeed, true, just not in the way it seems on the surface.The narrator's relationships with his blind father, with his twin brother, and with the mother are all complicated in different ways. His love and admiration for the mother is evident at many points in the story, but especially when he describes the mother's treacherous journey from her homeland to the place where they live now, "their wasteland." As the story unfolds, the flawed nature of the first-person narrator becomes more and more evident to the readers. Even his love for his mother acquires new and frightening dimensions."My path was slippery, for a torrent of rain poured down mercilessly upon the earth," says the narrator at one point, and he is not only referring to the physical terrain, but to the state of his mind and his soul. This book encourages the reader to "look directly at yourself facing the pain and the ugly imperfections within." Highly recommended.

  • Zoe Saadia
    2019-06-16 05:59

    Oh but did I enjoy this modern take on the old, well-known story of Jacob and Esau! Having read this author before, I came to expect smooth, well-paced writing that would make the reading experience into wonderfully light and enriching affair. But while, indeed, getting to enjoy all this and more, what made this novella so special for me was a magical blend of old and new. At first I wasn't sure where the story takes place, in what time, what millennia - "...a real meal, I mean, made with a fresh kill over a roaring fire, under the open sky..." and in the same sentence "...not one that is made with stored, half cooked parts of meat and reheated, somehow, in a stuffy restaurant kitchen...". By this time, only a few paragraphs into the story I was deeply engrossed, enjoying myself immensely. I love the old, well-known stories presented with the modern-day twists and attitudes, but this one was the best I read. Added to this, the conversational tone of the storytelling must be the one who won me over for good. "...Don't let them fool you. Anyone can barbecue a steak-but really, cooking a stew is another matter altogether..." - how can one not to root for such chatty, readily sharing character, even if he goes on admitting crimes of an outright deceit.Yankle is a complex character, an interesting person to follow the trail of his inner thoughts. He might have been a deceptive son to his father, but as a father himself he recognizes the wrong that has been done to him, and maybe even to his brother, and he is determined not to fall into the same pit.It was highly enjoyable read, thought-provoking, fascinating to the point that I finished reading it in one sitting. Presented with the right amount of dry humor, it brings the past to life while showing us that the people have never changed, their drives, insecurities, passions. I highly recommend this novel.

  • Aniruddha Sastikar
    2019-05-20 07:16

    Writing a review on a book authored by a talented and skillful artist, writer, and poet - Uvi Poznansky, is in itself an honor and privilege for an amateur poet and writer like me. I am incapable to review work of such an educated, elegant, and accomplished artist, but I’ll try to do so. “A Favorite Son” by Uvi Poznansky is a wonderful combination and presentation of love, sacrifice, jealousy, fear, hate, hopes, wistfulness, and much more to it. Images through out the book are excellent. They really are captivating and transports the reader to that location, literally; as if the reader is observing the characters, live. I haven’t had read any Biblical tales till date, but “A Favorite Son” introduced them to me. It is noteworthy how a mother (portrayed in “A Favorite Son”) plays a significant role in bringing up her children. Her sacrifices, her love, and her plans. Aren’t all these found in a Mother? Yes. They are an inbuilt characteristics of a Mother anywhere on earth. There’s no doubt Uvi carries a strong vocabulary and has that ability to create a picture using them, which keeps the reader gripped till the last page. Apart from being an outstanding writer, she’s a first-class artist and sculptor, which is noticeable from the cover art of this book and visiting her blog site. For those who are looking to read on strong family ties, I highly recommend “A Favorite Son”.

  • Yael Politis
    2019-05-21 08:56

    Re-reading the BibleMs. Poznansky provides a new interpretation of the rivalry between Jacob and Esau - or Ya’acov and Esav as pronounced in Hebrew. In fact, she focuses on this story more as a power struggle between Rebecca and Isaac than between their twin sons, as well as a cautionary tale about the consequences of parental favoritism.As Ya’acov muses: “But I think, it is one thing for me to cheat my brother. It is another thing altogether for her to do it to her son.”And after stealing his father’s blessing and fleeing his camp Ya’acov finds himself alone in the desert, thinking, “Well, if that was a blessing, I wonder what a curse might look like; because here I am, lost, hungry, empty-handed, and stranded in the middle of nowhere.”Ms. Poznansky has added to the story several elements that - to the best of my recollection - do not exist in the Biblical tale, one of them being a meeting in the desert between Rebecca and her two sons, after which: “Beware, my son!” said the voice. “Being the favorite son is as much of a curse as being the one rejected.” This curse is bequeathed to the next generation - to Ya’acov and Yosef - and the author provides a novel idea for how Yosef came by his beautiful striped coat of many colors. Read A Favorite Son to find out how.

  • Abby Vandiver
    2019-06-15 09:10

    3 1/2 starsUvi Poznansky retells the short story of Jacob and Esau, twins at odds from birth. Each a favorite of one parent. One vying for the birthright of the other. It is told by an older Jacob reflecting on his life.The story is short and the writing at times seems lyrical. It gives conversations behind the famous story with more than what we find in the Bible. The characters, however, to me, take on different personalities, but the writer gives no reason for the change. If Poznansky wanted to tell a different story, or even more detailed story, it would have been nice to have "more" detail. I saw no point to the story as it gave no insight. I was always at odds with the time period of the story, high heels with tent dwelling camel riders seemed anachronistic, as did other words and situations given by the Poznansky. The goat coat, a pivotal item in the story, seemed to have two different origins. Rebekah was devious and her character contradictory. Did she care for her husband or not? And why was she portrayed as such?This could have been a better story if it had added something new to a story we all know. Best course of action, if you want to know Jacob and Esau's story, turn to Genesis 25-27.

  • Linda Humbert
    2019-06-17 10:57

    A work of historical fiction based on the story of Esau (Esav) and Jacob (Yankle) in the Old Testament, Ms. Poznansky gives a new twist to an old tale. She portrays Esav as someone easily duped, and Yankle as the trickster - the cunning man that the Bible calls him in the beginning. The story, of course is about the birthright, something to be had, to be envied, in a family during those long-ago times. With each piece of historical fiction, Uvi gives me as a reader, and one who has studied the Holy Scriptures, a feast to chew slowly, to savor, to bring to the light and see something that's often put to the side and glossed over. As other books that I have reviewed of this author's, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book with no reservations. If you are easily offended by the light the author casts on these Biblical heroes, then don't read this book. If you recognize that these heroes from the Bible are flawed, sinful people as we all are, then by all means, read!!!

  • Tracey Meredith
    2019-06-03 12:10

    It was a free download, so I thought, why not? So glad I did. This is a novella, a reworking and updating of the story of Jacob and Esau, and a cautionary tale of the perils of parental favouritism. It is beautifully written- if you could read silk, this is how it would feel- with an attention to detail that brings the world of these rival sons to life. It is a subtle writing, where a seemingly innocuous comment or event becomes a key moment in the storytelling later on- the beautiful shirt that Jacob so loved as a boy, for example, becomes the ripped shirt that the elderly Jacob holds, as he waits anxiously for news of his own favourite, Joseph. It is, at the time of writing, free on Amazon. It's easily a 5 star story. All you've got to loose is a little bit of your time, and who needs to eat and drink anyway. Go on, give it a try. You won't regret it.

  • Jeff Dawson
    2019-05-18 08:25

    A Lesson in LifeFor those of us familiar with the bible, we instantly see the correlation between the story of Jacob, Rebecca and Issac. This is a modern day tale of perspective. Even though the sands of time keep passing by and technologically, the world advances, human deceit and cunning have not. What I found interesting was how she wove this story in the modern age. I was left wondering why Yankle, the son who betrayed his brother and father for the cherished blessing, remained in the desert his entire life. I felt this should have been touched on a little more. I believe woman of all ages and faiths will find this an interesting work. For men, the rank is a 3. For woman, I see them hitting four and five stars without a second thought.Overall, this is a four star work.Well done Uvi

  • Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer
    2019-06-18 06:05

    A remarkable read that could happen in today’s families. A biblical, twisting story about Jacob getting his birth right before his brother Esau with the help of his mother Rebecca.Yankle, deceiving his brother of his birth right with a lentil soup and the help of his mother. Was that the right way to do? As he found out, it was not. He is now asking himself again and again, Where did I go wrong? It was all mothers’ fault. Her calculation missed the mark. She might think that once Isaac blessed me, Esav would realize who was really the one in power. But it was not to happen. Instead his brother longs to kill him.A great lesson to be learned about deceivingThis book is the fourth book by Uvi Poznansky I have read now. And it is as marvellous as the first. A great writer and understanding of the word. Yes, Uvi, you did it again, you never cease to amaze me.

  • Hock Tjoa
    2019-06-02 06:56

    This is a short modern retelling of the story of how Jacob (Yankle in this story--a Yiddish term of "endearment"?) purchased Esau's "birth right" and obtained Isaac's deathbed blessing. It has its charm, referring for instance to Sarah and her "burka" while describing Rebecca and her snakeskin heels/shoes and form-fitting silks. As in the original, this story does not persuade me that even a blind man could be taken in by a hat for the scent of the hunter and a goatskin sleeve for the hairy arm of Esau. But the emotions and inner thoughts of Yankle and the others to a lesser extent are well conceived and well written.I was stumped by "a pleat sawn [sewn?] between her eyebrows" but had no other difficulty with the language.

  • Jerry Beller
    2019-06-08 07:08

    "A Favorite Son" by Uvi Poznansky is a skillful, creative modernization of the Biblical story of Isaac and Rebecca, and their twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Ms. Poznansky creates a story full of jealousy, spite and even hate, which competes with compassion, family ties and love. This is a quick read that was entertaining and often funny. The author appears to take turns respecting and mocking tradition, doing both in a delightful manner. One of the many lessons in this book is to be careful what you wish for, as is so brilliantly illustrated in the character Yankle, whose voice carries the story.This is a real good book and I look forward to reading more of Uvi Poznansky's work.

  • Heather
    2019-05-29 04:01

    This is a very interesting novella that retells the biblical story of Jacob and Rebecca in modern times. I enjoyed the storytelling and the writing style. There aren't a lot of details or explanations, probably because it's meant to be a novella. This would be an interesting book to read for a book club - read the story from scripture, then read this novella and compare the two. Bible study groups may also want to do this. Any reader who is looking for something different and quick may enjoy this as well.

  • Jennifer Gallagher
    2019-06-08 08:55

    I Loved this story. Uvi Poznansky made me feel that I was there with the Characters.. feeling just what they were feeling.. There is a connection with the Bible Story and also a very modern day one... I love the way the story is from Yankle's POV as he tells his story to his own favourite son..There is Hatred.. Jealousy and even spitefulness an humour at times in this book.. Many times I felt my heart beating faster..I am praying others will read this Book.. it was a fantastic read

  • Damaskcat
    2019-06-18 11:55

    This is a modern retelling of the Bible story of Esau and Jacob and the rivalry between brothers. I found it interesting reading and it translates into a modern context. Rivalry between siblings and deceptions of parents by their children is a universal and timeless problem. Yankle (Jacob) narrates the story and attempts to justify and explain his actions. The story can be read at a sitting and it is well written. It provides food for thought even in the twenty first century.

  • William O'Brien
    2019-06-10 09:15

    An emotion-filled tale and truly 5*****A Favorite SonUvi PoznanskyA remarkable work based around Jacob, Esau and their family - a present day interpretation with a twist on the biblical tale.Believable well-crafted characters, set with flaws, deception and realism.Respect and hesitation with an abundance of power keeps the reader engaged in this short but splendid story.An emotion-filled tale and truly 5*****

  • Jennifer Garcia
    2019-06-07 08:58

    This was a lovely story written about a set of twins fighting for the birthright. Of course the one born first got it, and the second one spent his life jealous of it and finally tricked his brother out of it. It was beautifully written and flowed so well. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. The narrator was great and did a wonderful job with the voices and narration.

  • Cindy
    2019-06-14 10:16

    This book is a superb modern day version of the biblical story of Isaac and Rebecca and their twin sons. It tells of how deceitful and greedy people can be within their own families.The author also writes poetry and it shows in her beautiful flowing way with words. It's a book to remember!

  • Paul Lovell
    2019-05-30 06:56

    Excellent as always, I can't get enough of Uvi Poznansky's writing.

  • Randy
    2019-05-22 09:08

    Horrible. Esau is made out to be a caveman, for example, "Me want some", and "Dad read scripture", etc. Sad really. And Jacob cusses. Interesting mix......maybe for some but not for me.

  • Diana Febry
    2019-06-10 12:16

    A beautifully written and thought provoking piece on jealousy and loyalty.