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Shtetl - the story of a life no more (as told from the hereafter) (The Jewish History Novel Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Othniel J. Seiden
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Book Description

If you were a Jew you needed no last name ... we were all one big family ... and we all had the same tsuris, excuse me, I mean troubles...



Shtetl is an historical Jewish novel. It is only about what life was like in my shtetl, a small Jewish village in Eastern Europe. At one time, there were many shtetls in Eastern Europe, but they and the lives led in them are no more.

And I am the last remembered patriarch of the family in this story.

I began my physical life on earth in the year 1820. The shtetl ... the little village, in Poland, where I lived my entire life, came into existence, maybe three centuries earlier. In all that time, little changed for either of us, except maybe the misery got worse. We both, the shtetl, and I, ended our time on earth together.

So you might ask how it is, if I am no more that my story will get told?

Well, when you are here ... here in what you call the "hereafter" or "the afterlife"... but God forbid, it shouldn't happen to you 'till you're a hundred and twenty ... you'll understand it all...

Preview this historic Jewish novel now - simply click the cover of Shtetl



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About the Author

Othniel J. Seiden, has written 7 books in the series Jewish History Novel. There are so many stories to tell, from the ones in antiquity to the stories of the modern day struggles of being true to the Hebrew faith. Each new story brings a new piece of history to life. Each new book gives people a new chance to connect in very meaningful ways.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494463288
  • Publisher: Books To Believe In (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KSL0MO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shtetl - A Thoroughly Engaging Book September 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Othniel Seiden's narrator in "Shtetl" is so much that of a storyteller that it feels like he is sitting across the table having coffee. The book begins as the story of one Jewish family living in a small village, or "shtetl", in Poland. The narrator tells the story of his family through the generations that continue to present day. The journeys that the family take to live the life it wants or to protect itself are fascinating, particularly one journey on foot through Eastern Europe to Israel. The book describes how Jews came to live in Poland, the scapegoating of Jews in Eastern Europe and supplies the facts of Jewish resistance. What is particularly striking about this book is the voice of the narrator. The writer manages a closeness, never writing from behind a curtain, although the material is painful at times. I like this book so much that I plan to read parts of it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Heritage inside your Heart! January 26, 2012
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We all wish we knew more about our personal heritage. One's search often leads to names, facts, places, etc. Othniel's book provides you a "heritage journey" that leads directly into you heart. I am so honored to recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic fiction March 29, 2013
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I enjoyed the story and the philosophy behind this book. It gives a real insight into conditions and customs of the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Tribe8
Format:Kindle Edition
This author makes history live. His other book (about the Holocaust) did this in a standard first-person novel format. Shtetl has the clever device of a narrator linking Jewish history to the experiences of generations of his own family over 200 years. This is actual cultural and historic fact but never dry. I greatly enjoy this author and look forward to reading his other historical novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Background March 24, 2013
By Glenon
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Gave me a great background on where my grandparents lived before coming to the US. Extremely interesting read of a different time and place that make us who we are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What it was like! August 5, 2012
By Carla
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Although fiction, this was a story that told what life was really like. These are thing that I wanted to know about, not just glossed over movie versions!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading October 13, 2013
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This book captured my interest because of the voice chosen to tell the story. A unique perspective on a beautiful heritage. I am not a Jew, but as a Christian, I consider them part of my family of God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very good story, but sorely needs a proofreader December 16, 2013
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First, the positives: I want to say that I really enjoyed the story & the unusual perspective of it being told by someone "from the hereafter", & was not bothered by the fact that the story jumped around a bit (as stated in the beginning of the book). The syntax & cadence of the narrator's words did a very good job of capturing the speech pattern of someone who originally spoke Yiddish & Polish, but was now speaking English. It's obvious that a lot of research went into the book & it did a fine job of portraying the times & places covered by the story.

But -- the author REALLY needs to have someone proofread the book before publishing. There were so many errors of al types: misplaced/misused commas & apostrophes, use of the wrong word (usually either a homonym or a similar-sounding word), typos, etc. that it became extremely distracting. There were times when I had to read a sentence several times in order to figure out what was being said. I know the book was written from the perspective of someone for whom English was not a native language, but these errors had nothing to do with that. Why do so many authors skip something as important as proofreading?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars author plagiarized his own work
Third book I read by this author, just like the second, this book is found as entire parts of the first. Nothing ordinal just repeat of portions of the first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A User
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot
This book told a tale of Jews in the beginning in 19th century Europe. I'm aware of there was suffering, but wasn't aware of some of things that happened. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Georgiemom
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
Excellent read. I could not put it down. And so what if it could use a proof-reader --- so what? If I had been offended by the lack of proof-reading, I would have missed out on a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Work!
I enjoyed Shtetl more than anything I've read in a great while. This story is a narrative of fiction told from beyond the grave. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jen J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jewish Tale
I am not Jewish. Actually I am a born again Christian who loves God's chosen people. I read with sadness of their oppression and trials over the centuries. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wspeedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Could've put it down.
Fascinating historical fiction. Unique approach to the topic "as told from the hereafter". Didn't want to put Dow n the book (reader).
Published 16 months ago by steven Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book.
This is the second book I have read by this author. I enjoyed both books very much I would recommend these books to anyone interested in world two or jewish history.
Published 21 months ago by Terri Ricketts
3.0 out of 5 stars what?!?
A good story, but an excerpt from a longer book written by this author - Son of Abraham, 4000 years of Jewish history. Also a good book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by rosanne
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More About the Author

Books on WWII, Jewish Novel, and Health for Baby Boomers and Seniors are my main writing niches. I also have written many books for aspiring authors. My interest in the Jewish historical novel, most dealing with aspects of the holocaust comes from the fact that I was born in Austria in 1933, as Hitler and his Nazi party took power. Fortunately the passing of the Nuremburg anti-Jewish laws signaled my family to get out of Europe, which we did in 1933, surely saving all of us from the death that took 6,000,000 of our co-religionists.

Being a survivor, I've felt it an obligation to keep the fact of those horrible event alive - teaching through my writing. I've always felt that the best way to present history is through the historical novel, which can tell the stories of people who lived that history, and not just the raw facts.

Having my professional background in medicine I learned early on from my patients that one of their biggest complaints was they had difficulty understanding what their doctors and nurses were trying to tell them. This encouraged me to write medical self help book which translated medical and scientific language into easily read and understood lay language. As I have aged my non-fiction has gone more and more to illnesses and sexual matters that face Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens.

I do not have a literary background, though I did a year of graduate study at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1964 and practiced for 44 years, first as a General Practitioner, and the last 30 as an E.R. doc. I began writing as an avocation to help me unwind after a long day in the E.R. My writing went these two directions, one Historical Fiction, and the other Medical Self-Help, my forte translating medical information into easily understood lay language.

My Historical Novels deal mainly with Judaica, Holocaust, and Biblical History. My books are both in print and on Amazon Kindle. Please enjoy! With over 50 books published by 10 different publishers I've been named Colorado's most prolific author. Google Othniel Seiden for more biographical information.

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