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The Balancing Game: A Child Between Two Worlds, a Society Approaching War Paperback – November 9, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


 "Fascinating novel"

This fascinating novel explores the world through the eyes of a child and glows with warmth; parents and siblings are portrayed with much love, despite some moments of pain, exasperation, abandonment, and neglect. There is also inner anger at not being fully accepted by the outside world, not being given support and encouragement by teachers, a sense of always being a second class citizen. Yet the relations between Naomi and her younger sisters, as well as between the children and their parents, are described with affection and humor.

by Esther Rosenfeld

From the Author

A child growing up in post-war London, the eldest of three girls, Naomi is the daughter of Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany. Each chapter describes facets of her life--the games she and her sisters play, her friendship with Jeannie, the non-Jewish girl next door, the family's relations with the world around them, and the fine balance that has to be maintained between the life of orthodox Jews and the non-Jewish environment. In the course of the book we become familiar with Naomi's somewhat warped imagination and the delicate situation in which she and her family live, on the cusp of two very different cultures.
Each chapter consists of three segments, the first and last ones describing episodes in Naomi's life and the middle one, written in the first person, describing the almost surreal experiences of Felicity, a young woman from England who is living in Jerusalem in the period just before and during the Six Day War (May-June 1967). Felicity is in her ninth month of pregnancy and has her own perception of the events of that time. Although she has not experienced it personally, the shadow of the Holocaust looms very large in her thoughts, especially in the context of the period prior to the Six Day War.
The concluding chapter describes a traumatic experience undergone by Naomi in infancy, the conclusion of the Six Day War, the start of a reconciliation between Felicity and her parents, and the birth of her baby. Even then, however, the Holocaust is never far from her mind. It becomes clear to the reader that the little girl in London and the young woman in Jerusalem are one and the same person, and that the experiences of the child have determined the perceptions and thinking of the woman.

Product details

  • Paperback : 266 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 162212846X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1622128464
  • Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
  • Publisher : Strategic Book Publishing (November 9, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.6 x 9.02 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings