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Living in the Past

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Set in Rochester, New York, in the fifties, this extraordinary book-length sequence traces the year in a boy's life leading up to his bar mitzvah and passage into manhood. There is a lively mixture of ethnic groups here-many of them displaced by the war in Europe-with new hopes and dreams. It is a uniquely American place, where "no matter how far down you started from, you ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 22, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing
This is everything a book of poems should be: funny, touching, profound, and alive with image and language. Three sections written as prose poems trace the ghetto displaced persons past, the relatives who were always around, the poet's bar mitzvah, and life with his wife and child, but not necessarily in an orderly procession. Worth reading, even if you wouldn't normally read "poetry."
Dec 13, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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An incredible journey, via short prose, of a boy growing up in an immigrant family. Read in fragments or straight thru, time well spent!
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Mar 25, 2010 Sonja Livingston rated it it was amazing
Strong poems; those from Rochester should appreciate Schultz' attention to his old city neighborhood.
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Philip Schultz is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Failure. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York.
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