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Russia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare...more
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This is a fast-paced read, a disturbing glimpse into the lives of Jewish families in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Very sad and horrific the violence and tragedies these characters endure. At its heart though, this book is a moving, poignant love story that reminds us of our own precious humanity, no matter what our race, religion or ethnicity. I can't wait for the sequel. I need to know what happens to these extremely well-known characters.
Against this backcloth, the author paints a most vivid and detailed picture of daily Jewish life and the importance of family, ...more
It has been a while since a book capture my attention so deeply. I couldn't put it down and forfeit cleaning house for reading!
My Yiddish is so-so (thankfully my father was a "goy mit a yiddishe kopf", so I knew quite a few of them though I cannot guarantee my pronunciation ~ in my head ~ was right!) but in most cases, the English translation was given.
Horrid time for Jews in Russia under the Tsarist (Czarist) regime. The horrors this ...more
A powerful, raw, emotional book. In a nut shell this book is a must read.
Family is love and love makes family. This is a book that centers on family. Havah, the main character, suffers so much in her life, but amongst the tragedy and pain she somehow manages to find moments of happiness.
The world is a nightmare, the religion strict, the life hard. And yet there are glimmers of hope in hair not cut, in learning to read, in playing a piano. In Havah’s bravery against impossible odds.
After beginning my own genealogy work, I started looking for an historical novel that would give me a richer sense of what it was like to live through the “pogroms”, the brutal persecution which motivated the exodus of literally MILLIONS of Jews from Eastern Europe between 1880 - 1910. Many of them, including my grandparents and the author’s, wound up in the United States. My Google ...more