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A Sense of Place,
This review is from: Outside, Looking in (Hardcover)
This first-time novel, written by an Atheist, is about one man's struggle to find a sense of place in a religious society. The hero is followed from his childhood through retirement years. There are many comical moments, as well as much pathos to be found in this book about a half-Jewish, half-Italian kid, growing up in a New York tenement, struggling to bond with a remote and mysterious father, and a mother who relies on him more than she should.
If you enjoy reading about dysfunctional family dynamics and have a bent for the psychological,you will love this book, as I did.Being a New Yorker myself, the book brought me back to my own childhood on the streets of my beloved city, and elicited crispy clear memories. But there is also a serous side to this novel. The protagonist is an isolated outsider constantly questioning, and rebelling against a religious culture. Unlike James Dean in the popular 50's movie, this rebel has a cause...to jostle the intellect. There are moments when this novel is brilliant in its argument for the examination of the existence of a supreme being.
The author is an Atheist and one can conclude that this novel is semi-autobiographical. I read the book with an open mind and loved every minute of it.