I Hate to Say Goodbye Paperback – October 22, 2012
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The spiritually precocious Rimi interacts fully with her world and the people she shares it with, come what may. She reminds us that experience and connection is why we are here, and the further we are removed from those simple facts, the less joy and peace are to be found.
She hates to say goodbye, because the connections she makes, even if not fully reciprocated, become like parts of her whole. Saying goodbye to a beloved teacher or friend becomes as if she were saying goodbye to a hand or a leg.
The book is also a gentle caution to the the adults of this world, for them to try to remain mindful that words, actions, and strong negative emotions can impact children in unexpectedly strong ways, particularly those who are sensitive and whose hearts are wide open with love.
The story also reminds us that although the world, with its chaos and carnage and confusion, can be a brutal place, there are little sparks of hope that can lessen the suffering for everyone. Little sparks like the child Rimi in this story.
I read it little by little, enjoying every moment.
The main character, Rimi, is an adorable girl that I got to love, because she is so smart, so aware of things, and so there, unlike other kids her age. I just couldn't believe how such a young girl was able to think the way she did, and I loved her. So sane, and at the same time, such a brat. And this is a real story and a real person! And she goes through life observing and learning lessons which she writes about beautifully.
Closer to the end I started reading more until I got done. Every chapter was very enjoyable and was kind of like a "feel good" type of movie. The last one really touched me and made me cry a little.
I have been in Israel so I had reality with many of the things she was talking about, so that was nice for me.
I really recommend this book very much.
I finished the book in one sitting, hungry to understand a culture and people-groups that impact our world today. The author creates clear and colorful pictures of her family and of life in the early years of the state of Israel. I learned so much. I liked the inclusion of people whose opinions and behavior were extreme and unique.
This story has the ability to stir up many different emotions-some of them very conflicting, but the author handles them well, drawing the reader into her life-story. I learned so much and I am grateful I stumbled on this wonderful memoir: it has enriched my understanding of cultures important to our world. I REALLY enjoyed learning about this amazing woman and her quirky family. I wish I could have known her Father: his love for her is what I believe we all desire to experience.
And here is a BONUS review from my mother-in-law:
"The author of this book tutored and prepared my granddaughter for her Bat Mitzvah, and also officiated at the event. Born and brought up in a farming town in Israel, Ruti tells about her childhood - mainly ages 6-10. Her family is as functional and dysfunctional as any, but she has a philosophical bent and her chapter titles I liked a lot. For example:
Better to be a cow than a pig; give when you're alive.
Life is like catching bees; you will only get the honey if you are willing to be stung.
The more you tell the truth the more you like yourself.
See what I mean? This book is for everyone! --Muriel Levy"