Anyone interested in furthering his or her knowledge of the shtetl, as told by one of its last living inhabitants, must read this book.
For those of us whose ancestors came from these places, it gives us the opportunity to see and read what life was like, both the good and the difficult.
Mayer Kirshenblatt, the artist who created these paintings (starting in his 70s!), had an incredible visual memory for the world of his youth.
This book is like listening to a beloved grandfather or uncle tell about his life. Only, it is so much more interesting than my relatives and not nearly as judgmental. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by M. S. Fenton
Although there's little I can add to the previous reviews, let me just say that the paintings are beautiful and the memoir is wonderful. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by A voracious reader
I bought this book after visiting Mayer July's exhibition in Jewish museum, NY. Both, the exhibition and the book are remarcable!Published on September 18, 2009 by Alexander Chervinsky
I love this book! Mayer is incredibly talented and his memories and reflections are a window onto the past that is otherwise lost to us. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by J. Strauss