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The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
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Mar 30, 2012

it was amazing
Read in November, 2008

I found out about this book through my mother-in-law who knew Harry Bernstein as they lived in the same community in Brick, NJ. She obtained a signed copy for me, for which I am very grateful. This is a wonderful love story and it's true! Sort of a Romeo and Juliet I guess. One of the most amazing things about this book was that he wrote it in his late 90's (he died at the age of 101)and the details he remembers. He tells his life story as a Jewish boy growing up in England in the early 1900's when the Jews lived on one side of the street and the "Christians" on the other (the invisible wall). The circumstances and the hate (on both sides) was heart-wrenching yet the story is told without anger or bitterness. The main conflict is that his sister falls in love with the "wrong" guy and Harry is caught in the middle. Though there are some bright spots, dysfunctional families (aren't we all)reign throughout. A great book to read if we want to learn from history and what not to do, how not to treat one another. May write more later on this...
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Stitchenmama Lucky you! A signed copy,wow! My heart ached for the little boy Harry. He was a gifted storyteller, and his gentleness shined through his writing. I loved his books and am so sad that the fourth book will never come to be. RIP HARRY BERNSTEIN


Kelly Mccafferty I completely agree with your review as i also loved the romance and spark between the two characters. It astounded me as well to read that he was in his 90's when he wrote this book which makes it even more interesting knowing it was real. The way he talked about how the street was separated and the hardships of growing up in a town like that was very fascinating and educational. I really liked how you pointed out that we all have some dysfunction in our families making the novel even more relatable.


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