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Interlaced with Hamill's realistic descriptions of violence and fear are scenes of remarkable poignancy: the rabbi's first baseball game, where he sees Jackie Robinson play for the Dodgers; Michael's introduction into the mystical world of the Cabbala and the book's miraculous ending. Hamill is not a lyrical writer, but he is a heartfelt one, and this story of courage in the face of great odds is one of his best. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
On and on it goes about race, religion and, of course good and evil. Forget this and spend your money on anything by Steinbeck.Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Hua Foley
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in Brooklyn, circa 1947. There is some fantasy involved towards the end that perhaps might not seem plausable at... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Writingdawg
An enjoyable and sweet story. There are few storytellers as engaging and talented as Pete Hamill. This book harkens back to an earlier time where people of different backgrounds... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Erkle
I agree with the reviewer above who thought the book was great except for the last 40 pages.
Pete Hamill is a great writer and writes vividly about a young Catholic boy who... Read more
It is hard to describe this book. It is beautifully written. Pete Hamill has a terrific narrative style, a strong ear for character and dialogue, and a fertile imagination, all of... Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Richard E. "Nick" Noble
The major theme of the book is about the hardship of standing out. Like snow in august, we must all learn to make our differences affect the lives of others. Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Geniya O.
This book, about a boy living a rough life in New York is truly touching. The way the main character met the rabbi was so realistic it's scary. Read morePublished on April 11 2003
Wonderful story, wonderful descriptions of 1940's Brooklyn, and I finished the book thinking of what a wonderful movie it would make - and I am much more a reader than a moviegoer... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by Bonnie
I picked up this book and could not put it down. This
is the finest novel I have read in years.