A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky

A Favorite Son by  Uvi Poznansky

A Favorite Son

A Favorite Son

A Favorite Son by Uvi Poznansky this is a story of crime and punishment, which is slow to come until late in life, when the crime he inflicted upon his father comes full circle to be inflicted upon him.. When his mother goaded him to cheat his blind father, she said, “On me your sin, my son,” but at that time it was not love that drove her, but the need to increase her own power. Perhaps the most severe punishment is the memory of what happened, and the presence of regret.

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 About the Author

Uvi Poznansky

Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), The David Chronicles (historical fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance), The Edge of Revolt ((historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy) Now I Am Paper (children’s book) and Jess and Wiggle (children’s book.)
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Reviews

Skilled Masterpiece!

By Dolores Ayotte on January 5, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

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.

 

So which is worse. The betrayal of a son or of a mother?

By Wanda on August 11, 2013

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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.
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Bringing the familiar to unfamiliar life

By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on February 13, 2013

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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.

Creative and entertaining

By Author Alliance on March 16, 2013

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“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.

 

Beautiful and Haunting

By James D. on September 11, 2013

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(note: this review is of the audiobook edition of “A Favorite Son” narrated by David Kudler)

Uvi Poznansky’s “A Favorite Son” is a modern-day retelling of the story of Jacob and Esau, one brother tricking the other out of his birthright. But it’s also so much more than that.

The author’s prose is simply beautiful; she paints intricate and emotionally resonant pictures with her words, drawing us into the Biblical/modern world that she’s created. We see everything from the perspective of Yankel, who seeks to claim the position of firstborn and favorite son from his twin, Esav – and who learns the true cost of his desires.

I can’t praise the writing enough; the author has an incredible voice and a sharply observant eye (it’s no surprise that she’s a visual artist as well).

As for the audiobook aspects, the narrator, David Kudler, did a wonderful job. His reading of the story was perfectly done; he captures the voices of all the characters, making them not only distinct but memorable. His delivery perfectly complements the author’s tone, making the audiobook a real treat.

I highly, highly recommend this book.

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