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A Cobbler's Tale: A Novel

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A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in ord
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2018
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Description: A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in order to seek a new life for his family in the burgeoning Lower East Side of Manhattan. On his trau
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Paul DiBara
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much to recommend this book, the story is interesting, the characters are believable, the action is relatively fast paced. There are several insightful moments and passages scattered throughout. Readers who enjoy period, or historical, fiction should enjoy this author’s first effort at writing a fictional work.

The narrative begins aboard one of the many transatlantic passenger ships plying the Atlantic with immigrants heading to the ‘promised land’ that they believe America to be. This
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Darren
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a e book from net galley. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It is my first book by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
Jena Henry
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remember that song “This is the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friends…” A Cobbler’s Tale is the book version- this is the “story that never ends”. And even though the drama goes on and on my friends- you will enjoy everything about this book.

I listened to this book as an audiobook with Audible. I had only listened to a few audiobooks prior to this one, and I had never used Audible, but I found that it’s so easy and enjoyable to listen to a book with the Audible app. Compared to the
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Kristi Richardson
This story captured my imagination. It tells the story of two Jews fleeing from Poland before WWI and arriving in America. Pincus Potasznik leaves his pregnant wife Clara behind with their three small children. Jakob Adler is running from a crime he committed when working for the Jewish Mob also in Poland. They meet on the ship when Jakob helps Pincus survive his voyage by getting him fresh air and good food.
I enjoyed the give and take between these two very different men. Yet, they are both ve
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TJ
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I looked so forward to reading based upon the description and the book cover, but the story did not live up to it. I won’t go over what the story is about, the description is very accurate, but what the description doesn’t say is that the story is very superficial, shallow and some of the situations were so farfetched and unbelievable.
The story did not draw me in to care for any of the characters, I don’t want to give any spoilers but I specifically didn’t care fo
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John Bonani
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The story line is one you know and this author re-imagines it beautifully.

The author uses short descriptive chapters which keeps the story moving quickly and had me turning pages for more.Characters were well developed and I found myself thinking about them away from the book. There are plenty of twists and turns, one of my favorites (without revealing too much) was when the main characters finally get back to the US and things seem to be all wrapped up and resolve
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Mark Newman
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old World, New World, Real World - a triumphant journey

Great American Dream meets Great American Novel. “Love is the light that triumphs over darkness,” Moshe Potasznik says in A COBBLER'S TALE, and this message could not have better timing. Neil Perry Gordon draws from his own family lore to impart knowledge and take readers on a roller coaster of emotion in this sizzling page-turner.

The writing is as beautiful as the Broadway starlet, the epic quest as righteous as the tzaddik, the drama as ri
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Brian Delaney
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical novels can sometimes slow you down with too much information and dry facts. Not this novel. Mr. Gordon uses short chapters, interesting characters and just enough detail to keep you asking, "What will happen next?" By using this method, Gordon transports you back in time and across two continents to share the adventures of Pincus, Clara and other memorable characters who risk their lives in war torn Europe and the Lower East Side of New York City looking for a better life for their fa ...more
Olga
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those wonderful books of fiction that are based on real historical events. The author crafted a high-paced story with vivid details that make you feel you’re watching a movie… The characters come to life and make history alive! Definitely a good read.
For anyone interested in Jewish history this book will make an excellent addition to their library.
Aca
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and every one
Recommended to Aca by: netGalley.com, goodreads.com
A Cobbler's Tale, by Neil Perry Gordon is what I longed for and I was tremendously happy when I got it (I am always happy when I get a book).
My first thought is this must be a very interesting story. I enjoy reading fiction but I even more like true stories.
When I started reading I noticed what I would describe as 'a wonderful old narration'. I love it, that's why I came to love books in the first place, I can't wait reading the whole story.
My best recommendation and likes for A Cobbler's Tale,
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Loretta Privett
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read, indeed! An insightful tale of a man, and his journey to America, for the betterment of not only himself, but that of his family and community of Krzywcza, Poland. Interesting and engrossing blend of nonfiction and fiction. I want more of the Potaszniks!
Stephanie
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pincus Potasznik is a Jewish cobbler living in Galicia. In 1910, he receives an opportunity to travel to New York and set up a landsman society through his rabbi. Pincus decides to travel to New York making the decision to leave his pregnant wife Clara and their children at home and return for them later. On the voyage to New York, Pincus does not fare well, but with the help of Jakob Adler, her makes it. Jakob befriends Pincus and they decide to help one another after landing. However, Jakob is ...more
Kristen
3.5 stars (maybe 4 stars)

I received access to the e-book for free on NetGalley in return for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Cobbler’s Tale: A Novel by Neil Perry Gordon examines the lives of three individuals – Pincus, Jakob, and Clara – as they navigate New York City and Poland in the early 1900s. We are introduced to life in a Jewish village in Krzywcza and New York City.

The story starts in July 1910 aboard the SS Amerika where we meet Pincus Potasznik who is seas
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Cobbler’s Tale : Jewish Immigrants Story of Survival, from Eastern Europe to New York’s Lower East Side by Neil Perry Gordon is a historical-fiction book based on the experiences of the author’s family. This is Mr. Gordon’s first novel.

A Jewish cobbler named Pincus Potasznick is leaving his kids and pregnant wife to try and make it in America. The year is 1910, antisemitism is prominent but the Jews of Europe still feel
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Donna Miele
Full disclosure: the author is an old acquaintance. I was delighted to receive a review copy upon the book's publication a few months ago.

The old-world, fairy-tale tone of the title doesn't convey the thrilling pace or content of this story, set in early 20th century Eastern Europe and New York City. Pincus, the main character, departs Galicia for New York a few years before the outbreak of World War I, seeking a haven from Jewish persecution for his family. Caught up in the urgency of building
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Jennifer
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1910, cobbler Pincus Potasznik leaves his family to find a better life in America. On the way, he meets Jakob Adler, a young criminal running from his past. The two Jewish men bond and begin a business in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York. Although Pincus vows to bring his family to America within a year, he waits four years before he risks rescuing his family from Europe during World War 1.

I really liked this book. It offers a quick historical overview of two Jewish men's experie
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Alla Spiegel
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Cobbler's Tale by Neil Perry Gordon is the type of book I love to read. It combines a taste of history along with an adventure story of a family immigrating to the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. Neil has created wonderful characters that are easy to relate to. I particularly enjoyed the taste of the Kabbalah mysticism with the story of the tzaddik and the rasha. As a first time author of historical fiction, I commend Neil Perry Gordon's novel A Cobbler's Tale and offfer a 5 star re ...more
John A
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel of Neil Perry Gordon’s certainly makes for a compelling read. It’s based on the history of his family’s emigrating from Krzywcza (now in Poland) at the beginning of the 20th Century, spiced with some fictional mobster themes. Particularly striking for me is the ‘reverent’ way the story portrays the characters’ Jewish life and Jewish faith, leading the reader into the depth of their experiences as Jews; only then is the story spiced with the gangster tales (rather than telling a ...more
obs20
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
An immigrant's tale

This story had its moments and did hold my attention, but what is revealed here has been done better by others.
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