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The Golems of Gotham by Thane Rosenbaum
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Apr 24, 12

Read from April 14 to 24, 2012

I seem to be on a "depressing mutlti-generational Jewish family affected by the Holocaust" spree. I loved the parts of this book that were about the protagonists: the depressed man who had been abandoned by his wife, and his young daughter, the klezmer violin prodigy. Their story was charming.

The part of the book I actually liked less was the story of the golems, the ghosts of Holocaust survivors who killed themselves. There was something like eight of them, and only three really had distinguishable personalities. They also had a lot of long, philosophical conversations about the deep meaning of the Holocaust and whether it is, in fact, possible to learn anything from it, to recover from it, to remember it properly, to be able to live after it. It's charming enough, and some of the points are very interesting, but parts of it also felt preachy.

Overall, though, I did like this book.
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