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A whole culture lies behind the story Mendelsohn tells, and a lifetime of reading as well. For our Grownup School feature, he has given us a tour of some of the books behind his own, in a list he calls 10 Great Novels of Family History, the Holocaust, New York Jewish Life (And Other Things That Helped Me Write My Book). And you can watch his own moving introduction to the book in this short video:
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His amazing ability to tell a story " within " a story is wonderful.
In the beginning of the book, it became very clear to me that his writing style was strongly influenced by the way his grandfather told him stories.
An amazing journey into the past of Daniel Mendelsohn's perished family members - the family of Shmiel Jager, Mr. Mendelsohn's great-uncle.
I found that the writing style was quite poor. U could be left in the dark after some chapters. The use of the bible was good but long windered. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Evan
From as early as he can remember, American writer Daniel Mendelsohn keeps being told by relatives how much he looks like his great-uncle Schmiel Jaeger, who died with his family... Read morePublished 6 days ago by David Ljunggren
Exquisite story telling, dealing with deep human emotion and awful barbarism, Recounted with lucidity and understanding and compassion. Couldn't put it down. Compelling reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john bignall
I loved reading this book. Moving, thoughtful, scholarly, honest.
I wish there were a better reference section at the end, with bibliography, websites, etc.
I was richly rewarded by reading this tome through to the end. I was moved by Mendelsohn's comment " …so much you never notice, until suddenly, for whatever reason--you happen... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Glorious in Independence
a very interesting and well told story of the hard ships to get to the truth of what happen to a family memberPublished 4 months ago by Scott Holman
Simply the best book on the Holocaust anywhere. An amazing personal story involving unforgettable characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by doctorgus
This again is another story about the holocaust. It is fairly well written, and keeps one's interest. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Schechter
I read this book after I came to a dead end in my family geneaology search. Frustrated, I put my search aside, until I read this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia A Galizio