on October 1, 2012
As a middle-aged Southern Anglo Saxon Protestant female with rural Appalachian roots, it took a few chapters for me to identify with a 13-year-old Jewish boy preparing for his bar mitzvah in New York City. But once the connection was made, I had to find out what happened to Sammy Levitt. Author Cliff Graubart had me alternately in tears and laughing out loud on an airplane, especially that last chapter. I could have read more about Sammy Levitt, but then I might have missed the poignancy of "Who Cries for Aaron," or a theater owner's memorable guidance to a budding writer in "Innocence off Broadway." "The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt and Other Stories" is an impressive first novel from a talented author with universal messages to convey beyond the American Jewish experience. The conquering of fears and fulfilling of lifelong promises are common themes that should be a matter of curiosity from the perspective of many an inquiring mind.
on November 21, 2012
With "The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt," author Cliff Graubart has artfully captured a time and place in his resonant title novella and the delightful stories that follow. While particular to New York City in the 1950s, the collection explores universal themes of adolescence, identity, family relationships and coming of age, presenting issues that continue to inform contemporary life. Graubart has a great ear for dialogue as he introduces vivid characters who live on long after the final story is read. From laugh-out-loud humor to heart-wrenching pathos, the author brings us along on a journey that ends too quickly, leaving us yearning for more. A terrific, page-turning read, highly recommended!
on November 23, 2013
The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt and other stories by Cliff Graubart
Enter into the world of New York City the time is the 1950’s and the location is upper Manhattan exactly in Washington Heights. For about 140 pages a tale is spun with great humor and observation through the eyes of Sammy Levitt. He is a 13 year old boy and does he carry us on an adventure. On page 107 in conversation with his Dad ”So how could there be a Depression with all theses big buildings?” Sammy asked.“Well,its hard to explain, but a depression doesn’t come about because of the buildings you have. It comes about when trust in one another breaks down or confidence in the economy is shaken” What a kind way to explain and to write about this relationship.
Then we have 5 short stories to complete the book. Each of the five is really refreshing to read. My favorite is Innocence off Broadway, followed by Who Cries for Aaron. Enjoy reading this book and see Mr. Graubarts writing style develop and show such flowering. Congratulations on a fine first book!