Feb 11, 11
Read from January 25 to February 11, 2011
This book started out slowly. It wasn't until page 130 that I was completely engaged and reading became effortless. I found the ending disappointing. However, the middle of the book was very good. The story goes back and forth between the turn of the 20th century and the turn of the 21st century. A rabbi, frozen in deep meditation, is carted by a family to the new world where he remains in suspended animation until he is thawed by young Bernie Karp whose jewish family migrates to Memphis Tennessee in the 1930s, keeping the rabbi in deep freeze in their basement. What I enjoyed about this book was the story of the jewish migration from Russia to New York and their life in New York at the turn of the 20th century. Included is a wonderful tale of the beginning of the state of Israel. The stories are rich, the characters wonderfully funny and beautifully human. Implied is a metaphoric meaning: a great mystical tradition kept in suspended animation through all the trials and persecutions of the late 19th and early 20th century, thawed in time to become a part of the self help frenzy of the turn of the 21st century. Very rich indeed.