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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : St Martins Pr; 1st edition (July 1, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312043031
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312043032
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
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#3,773,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #256,389 in American Literature (Books)
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Rosenfeld, a renowned psychiatrist, has conceived a character, in Hyman Schwartz, to whom the reader cannot help but relate. Devastated by the Holocaust and the loss of his beloved wife and son, Schwartz goes through life in New York in a semi-living, semi-loving state. Is such a condition terminal? Rosenfeld gives us hope that the answer is a resounding "No!" but he also shows us that "reenter[ing] the world of vulnerable, suffering humans" after the tragedy of tragedies is easier said than done.
In the end, Rosenfeld's book is a tale of the importance of knowing people who truly care about us. Given such support, the psyche can endure incredible suffering and come out the other end -- scathed, yes, but still ready to engage life emotionally as well as spiritually. But without human affection, without genuine support, what are we left with? Rosenfeld doesn't explicitly tell us, but I'm afraid he doesn't have to.