Hamill has combined a fine human-interest story and the re-education of humanity with this book. He has joined with this, different cultures, religions, and races, all in one book, plus educating us to the nuances of each. His description of the Jewish "Golem," a protective "superhero" created by a rabbi from clay-mud and prayers, out of desperation caused by the endless persecution of Jews, is fascinating(and he shows graphically the mindless reasons for Jewish desperation and for the equally senseless hatred of blacks). His young hero, Michael, 13, is not only young, innocent and pure, but he also has a burning need to learn, learn, learn, and the Jewish rabbi friend of this intelligent and highly moral young Catholic boy binds them in deep friendship and mutual education of cultures and language. Indeed, need of each other in their loneliness is most poignant. The book not only describes miracles, but is a miracle. I read Hamill when he was a newspaper columnist in my younger years, and never forgot him. His sensitivity has captivated me again, as it always did. In fact, the very day I read in this book about the "Golem," a magic word I never had heard, I heard it again on a television show! I had to explain the meaning to the neighbors with whom I was watching the program! This taught me that if I read the right authors, at age 69 I need never go uneducated. And Hamill can educate me any day.