The Balancing Game: A Child Between Two Worlds, a Society Approaching War Paperback – November 9, 2012
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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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,101,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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