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Elijah Visible: Stories Paperback – Bargain Price, February 15, 1999
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The first short story, concerning an overworked attorney stuck in an elevator who "believes" it is a cattlecar, is incredible. I am also an attorney, and once worked at a large law firm, as did Posner, the main character in the story. Most lawyers at those firms get little sleep, and therefore, their minds easily play games with them. One of the reviews claimed that this story was "overdone", but he fails to realize that for some children of Survivors, our minds work like our parents', in the sense that certain situations remind us of the Holocaust (some call this 'secondary post-traumatic stress disorder'). Rosenbaum did the best job I
have ever seen in depicting this.
The other stories are excellent, as well. One great one, which is humorous, by the way, concerns Posner's having lit a Yahrzeit candle, which commemorates the anniversary of the death of a parent. His beautiful girlfriend, tipsy, bursts into his house and wants to grab him - although he normally would love this, her careless movements threaten to extinguish the candle, which Posner is bent on saving.
Rosenbaum has the talent that a great writer must has - his ability to describe a scene is incredible, his characters are well-developed, and, most importantly, he reveals a world that most people cannot know - the world of the 2nd generation. I am so happy that we have him!
Rosnbaum's writing is brilliant. It is a wonder he is not more well known. His other novels, Second Hand Smoke and the Golems of Gotham, are equally powerful books. His message should be told to all the world so that we can better understand the effects of what was done to our generation of the children of survivors.
This book is a must read-one that you will never forget.
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He writes beyond the contemporary writers of today. He is surely to go downin history.