One concept that I found interesting and a bit disturbing was the comment that the Bicentennial Celebration was “not our celebration”. They felt they were not part of the
. They live here, but it was not their history. They also complained about their children being taught United States history and not Jewish history. On the other had, this community of Jews were not Zionists either and did not feel that US was their homeland. They felt that Israel was run by a bunch of “atheist, socialists” and was not a place where they longed to go. Israel
I ran across this gem of a sentence.
’s oldest daughter Chaini discovered some albums of Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas and Edna St. Vincent Millay reading their poetry. She describes it as, “Old voices that creaked and swung in rhythm, their long phrases like the screen door on the bungalow, closing slowly, partway, a little more, and then, with a long sigh, thumping shut.” Elizabeth
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but that may have something to do with my love and fascination with all things Jewish.
4 stars, (Rated PG – for a few sensitive subjects, overall pretty mild)