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Dreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England. Our mother invented them for us to make up for all the things we lacked and to give us some hope for the future.During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein's selfless mother struggles to keep her six children fed and clothed. But she never stops dreaming of a better lDreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England. Our mother invented them for us to make up for all the things we lacked and to give us some hope for the future.During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein's selfless mother struggles to keep her six children fed and clothed. But she never stops dreaming of a better life in America, no matter how unlikely. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve years old, steamships tickets arrive in the mail, sent by an anonymous benefactor.Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. Harry is mesmerized by the city: the cars, the skyscrapers, and the gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan. For a time, the family gets a taste of the good life: electric lights, a bathtub, a telephone. But soon the harsh realities of the Great Depression envelop them. Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered.In the face of so much loss, Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision one that will change their lives forever. And though he has struggled for so long, there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby. It is their romance that will finally bring the peace and happiness that Harry's mother always dreamed was possible.With a compelling cast and evocative settings, Harry Bernstein's extraordinary account of his hardscrabble youth in Depression-era Chicago and New York will grip you from the very first page. Full of humor, drama, and romance, this tale of hope and dreams coming true enthralls and enchants....

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  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-09-24 13:35

    Born in 1910, Harry Bernstein is now 100 years old. I googled him prior to writing this review but it seems that he is still alive. The Dream (2008) is my second book by him. Last year, my lawyer-brother encouraged me to read his The Invisible Wall (2007) and I gave it a five star rating. The Dream is the sequel of The Invisible Wall. Both of course are memoirs. Simple straight life stories that pierce one's heart. Including mine.In the book's Epilogue, Harry was asked why he is only writing memoirs (there is already the third, The Golden Willow published recently).HB: "I can think in no terms other than reality. There is nothing that makes me feel more at home than to write about it. I do not disparage fiction in any form, but I think the most important thing in the world is the reality around us and telling about it."My thought upon reading this: That's why I read memoirs and plan to write mine maybe when I turn 96 like Harry Bernstein.Another question was asked and this time about him not been into college but obviously a well-educated person (aside from memoir, he writes movie scripts and used to work as a magazine editor for trade magazines, and also wrote freelance articles for such publications as Popular Mechanics, Jewish American Monthly and Newsweek). How did he furthered his own education outside of the classroom?HB: "I furthered my education chiefly through reading books that contain other people's thoughts. That is how most people achieve their education no matter how many degrees they have. The discovery of printing, and the ability to collect people's thoughts in the form of a book was the most wonderful thing that ever happened in this world. I believe further that relatively few of the people who go to college come out educated."My thought upon reading this: Hmmm. I have two college degrees and a masteral units. I have been voraciously reading for almost two years now and I think that the education that I am getting reading fiction and non-fiction works have greatly added to what I know about life. Prior to those two years I used to read Nicholas Sparks's and John Grishman's trashy novels. I am now glad I shifted to serious authors because I must say though that those two years seem to be the more meaningful years of life in the world of literatures. It is part of growing up though. I agree with my lawyer-brother that young people can afford to waste time reading trash because they always think that they will have enough time to shift to worthwhile authors later in their lives. This is no longer true for somebody in his 40s and with eye grade increasing due to reading and computer works.My favorite part in this memoir: During the height of The Great Depression in the 30s, Bernstein got this job of reading and synopsizing fiction books for a movie outfit. One book a day for $20-30 each. If there is a job like that for Regal, Viva, Seiko, etc. I am willing to resign in my current IT job and apply there. Or maybe part-time. It is now my "dream job" ha haTo Roseamongthorns (who I will see in person soon): I squeezed this book in my tbr this month because you asked Atty. Joselito if you can borrow this. This book, among other two, was my birthday gift to him last year. Normally, he does not lend a book without reading it first but I think he is not interested to read this and he asked me to give this to you. But I thought I'd like to know what happened with the Bernsteins when they finally moved from England to America. So, I read this.Like The Invisible Wall, this is an easy read. The narrative is not as scintillating as Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov. The description of the locale is not as picturesque and vivid as Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje. However, the storytelling is compellingly simple and the prose is direct. The Bernstein's struggle in Chicago and New York during the depression is something that make me thankful not to be in their shoes. My mother and brother are in the US and I know their stories. Good that they did not come to the USA during that time.I think most of us Filipinos, given the chance, would still prefer to work in the US than any other parts of the world including our own country. This is a pity. In the 30s, Bernstein said that the dream was a bubble that burst. A mirage that faded. My mother and brother and his own family are now American citizens and they also had their startup stories in that land of opportunities. I say that the picture did not change that much given the difference of 50-60 years (they went there in the 80s to 90s) in terms of being discriminated as second-class though already naturalized citizens.And Rose, you have a namesake character here called "The Duchess". That's the only other spoiler I want to share with you. Enjoy!

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2018-10-17 11:29

    A more loving tribute to a mother I have never read. The author is brutally honest about his young adult life circumstances (his drunken father, his poverty, his beggar grandfather, etc), but his tenacity to overcome his circumstances becomes evident almost immediately. And no matter where his life leads him, he never forgets his mother or her dream. I'd also like to mention that he grabs a dream job: reading books for MGM! Ah the life

  • Melanie
    2018-09-27 14:40

    Dreams. Everyone in life has dreams. For Harry’s mother, her dreams were as simple as having a parlor that contained a carpet, furniture and piano. Another one of her dreams was coming to America, so her family could have a better life. In the memoir The Dream, all of these dreams come true…but in life, dreams are often shattered.This true life story is the second book, which centers around Harry Bernstein and his family, who set sail to America from a poor working town in Lancashire, England. The family’s new life begins when they receive steam ship tickets from an unknown benefactor. Set in the early 1920s in Chicago and New York City, the family experiences life in America, where, as most immigrants believe, everyone is rich. But, as soon as they arrive at his grandmother’s tenement apartment, they discover otherwise.The author recounts his childhood into adulthood, along with the ups and many downs of life in America during the Great Depression.I greatly enjoyed this book, along with Harry Bernstein’s first memoir, the Invisible Wall. The author had been writing his whole life, but didn’t write these two books (plus a third in the set) until he was in his nineties.

  • Dana
    2018-09-21 11:35

    Harry Bernstein wrote three memoirs in his 90's. This is the second one. And, I'm loving all 3! (I'm currently reading the last one.)This second book takes place after WWI when Harry and his family finally move to America - his mother's dream. But, life didn't turn out exactly as she thought it would. These stories are humorous and poignant and I love them all! A wonderful storyteller telling wonderful stories. His memory is incredible!I've read a lot of books the past month & didn't record them, so recording them all at once using the dates of Oct 1st-Oct 31st.

  • Terry Earley
    2018-10-06 13:44

    Very readable memoir focusing on his maturing love and respect for his mother and for his wife, Ruby. Also very interesting so see the evolution of his feelings and knowledge of his family, especially of his father and grandfather.When a 98 year old reviews his life, there are lessons for us to learn.

  • Anto_s1977
    2018-10-06 11:44

    La storia di una famiglia emigrata in America nei primi anni del '900 e l'illusione di una vita migliore in una terra lontana. Ma sono gli anni della depressione e il sogno dura poco, si ricomincia a lottare per sopravvivere vicino ad una famiglia fuori dagli schemi. Figura centrale della storia, la madre che lotta, che continua a coltivare il sogno di una vita migliore fino alla fine, sopportando anche violenza e prepotenza. Molto bello!

  • Sandy Jiang
    2018-10-04 10:29

    I am on a spree for reading "sad novels." Or at least moving ones. I actually had to plow through the first 4-5 pages of my library books to find one that was "grim/deep" enough and this one defintiely does it. If you've read the Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells, then you will love this novel. It is the same thing, a broken home with children and the idea of "escape", abuse of children's agency, and poverty. The difference is that Harry's mother is self sacrificing and loves her children deeply despite her abusive husband, while Jeanette's parents were negligent and vagrant. Short summary (spoilers so don't read)Harry's life starts in England. It is a poor childhood and we are told immediately of "American dream" or the hope of living a better life. It starts with Harry's mother wishing for a parlor with red velvet seats, a piano, and nice furnishings, but she is forced to turn that parlor into a shop to sell faded vegetables and fruits to scrimp enough money for her family. Their father is a tailor but gambles and drinks his money away. He comes from a sad background himself despite the hatred that the author tries to at first convey for him. I appreciated that you almost feel bad for the abusive father, realizing that the universal truth here is that people who are difficult and miserable were probably unloved and not given that kind of love that they are expected to have. The father was forced to work and harden at a slaughterhouse. He is abandoned by his family and married off to a sweet innocent clueless girl. She is stuck now to bad tempered and abusive man, and he, abandoned by his family and is plagued by a fear of this abandonment by his family and his wife. Harry's mother writes letters to her husbands other sibilings in the US begging for steamship tickets. An unknown beneficiary sends the tickets and suddenly the family leaves. They arrive in Chicago and Harry narrates their broken life. Despite having friendly uncles and aunts, the family has to fend for themselves. Harry's older sibilings are forced to work early to bring home wages. They one by one leave by marriage or run away from the family's abusive father and problems, leaving Harry, his sister, and very young brother to fend for themselves and their mother. We find that the father has not improved and with more money, has become more hostile, drinking,and irresponsible. We find out that the grandfather makes money by pretending to be a beggar and he is the beneficiary because of his guilt of making Harry's mother marry his son when she was in love with another man. Harry and his mother and brother run away to NYC after all the sibilings have left and Harry graduates out of high school and has had enough of his father's abusive nature-- having a fist fight and jailing him. Harry begins to work to support his mother and brother. He has hopes of going to college but the dreams are dashed in the Great Depression. His only one hope is meeting his wife Ruby and the happy life she gives him and his mother from her love and goodness. It is a love that you hear of in movies and romances, and the reader by this time is so ready for something good that happens that it ends things right despite the death of Harry's mother. I almost felt, Harry's mother passes finally from exhuastion and rests in defeat, but to be honest, for a woman like her who has gone through so much, tolerating and almost dependent on her Husband b/c of pity of abandonment, she almost couldn't Rest In Peace. so the ending was fitting in strange sense. This novel is a memoir, so in a sense none of it is happy because we write when we super sad or super happy and this definitely not a happy novel. Despite this, I felt it was satisfying if you're looking for a good cathartic novel to help you escape and introspect about topics and mindset. It came at a good time for me, and I really appreciated the many depths and perspectives Bernstein gives-- not immediately labeling people as antagonists or protagonists but realizing the complexity of individuals.

  • Michael
    2018-10-10 10:46

    Harry Bernstein desires one thing, to travel to America and explore all the opportunities. For years, he has heard about the countless ways to make a living there, so when he finally gets the opportunity to go with his family, he is overjoyed. Although he is elated to finally go after his dreams, his mother wants his drunken and bitter dad to go along with them for the ride. Harry is unsure about having his company, thus his hopes are shattered when his Father does not share the same sentiments about going to America. While he is aware of his past, he still thinks that his Father is simply an abusive deadbeat that tries to crush every hope he has. Accompanied with his siblings, he leaves to go to America excited and nervous at the same time. Despite the fact that his Father agrees to go and stay with their distant relatives,tensions arise as they settle there.Additionally, Harry has to grow accustomed to American choice of attire and learning proper English and pronunciation. Yet he is determined to make a living, first going to college for an education and making sure that his family is well taken care of. As years progress, he meets a lovely lady, Ruby who he falls in love with almost instantly. Battling poverty and impending sickness by his mother, Harry is still steadfast on proving for his family, no matter what the circumstance are.I thought this was a very well writes memoir about Harry Bernstein life. I felt so sympathetic with him, especially how much he resented his Father presence. Also the attachment he had with his mother was very painful to read. The pictures that accompanied the book was nice, it was almost like the author bought all these lively characters to life.Lastly the question and answer section at the end was enlightening.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-01 11:34

    Harry Bernstein has lead a very interesting and relevant life. I'm not sure exactly what I mean by that but I think it's right. To be published at 96 is an accomplishment not to be trifled with. Harry wrote 3 books, The Invisible Wall, The Dream and The Golden Willow, all outstanding. This particular book covers the years of Harry's adolescence, living with his abusive, alcoholic father, the conditions in England during and after World War I and then of course, the great depression the US. While not an easy read, the writing style is engaging and real. Harry's mother dreams of a better life for her children and is sure that going to America is the right thing to do. After many missives to family members, begging for passage, anonymous steamship tickets magically appear and the new adventure begins. The family sets sail for America. They do well for a little while but soon the harsh realities of the great depression engulf them. A difficult time for all. They survive though it's a tough existence. The bright shining star in the future is that Harry meets Rose, the love of his life, and with endurance, life gets better for all concerned.

  • MJ
    2018-10-15 10:48

    I didn’t make the connection while I was reading it, but as I clicked off my kindle having finished the last sentence of Bernstein’s charming account of his childhood, and relation to his mother I couldn’t help comparing it to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. They both dealt with childhood poverty, immigration, alcoholic irresponsible fathers and comically controlling grandmothers. I loved both books but I kept asking myself why they were so different. It was The Dream; Harry’s mother was the one filling her children’s head with hope. She was the one in the first book foraging for discarded food at the market to be sold in her daughter Rose’s beloved parlor that kept the family going. Frank’s mother was mentally ill, and unable to do not much more than stay in bed all day while her children were left to their own devices to forage for their own existence. Interesting how both Frank and Harry became great writers sharing their experiences with so many appreciative readers. Thank you to both of you.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-15 08:53

    Loved it!! I love memoirs and the way he writes flows beautifully! This was his follow up to The Invisible Wall, another great book. Reading about the years of depression and the many tragedies and obstacles that he, his family, and millions of others faced during those years makes my problems seem so small! And, in spite of all the hardship, people were able to find joy and solace in simple things: a walk in the park, listening to free music concerts in a mall, having tea and coffee with friends and family, even eating an apple!!I was impressed a few years ago when I read about Harry in a newspaper article and learned that he had published a first novel at the age of 96! You see, it is never to late to fulfill a dream or passion. He went on to write 3, and one is being completed posthumously. I am amazed at his courage, his fantastic memory, and his zest for life! He died at age 101, in 2011; but his memories live on!

  • Jan
    2018-10-06 09:46

    This memoir continues the story of the Bernstein family as they left industrial England and made their way in America. How do you make a living in Chicago or New York when you're the foreigner and the Depression has shaken the economy to its roots? While many family members were not terribly successful, others made their way on perseverance and ingenuity (and maybe a bit of opportunity provided by Prohibition). Just the story of how Bernstein and his Rose enjoyed New York on pennies is worth the read.(The earlier memoir, The Invisible Wall, is about their lives in England. Both were written when Bernstein was in his 90s. )

  • Megan
    2018-10-17 13:29

    After reading the Invisible Wall I looked forward to reading the next chapter in Harry Bernstein’s life. As the family continues to struggle to survive in 1920s England, their mother’s wish is answered when a letter containing steamship tickets for America arrives. While the move to America doesn’t fix the neglectful, mean spirited father or lessen Rose’s hatred, there are more opportunities for Harry and his siblings, plus they relatives around them. It is an interesting first hand account of living in America through the 20’s and 30’s.

  • Bob Lake
    2018-10-06 09:29

    Perhaps this is "Angela's Ashes" redux, but it is a heartwarming memoir of the first 30 years of the life of a gentleman who is now 98. I tells of the glories and disasters of family life and of the mistakes we all make in our relationships.This is a must-read.NOTE TO KINDLE USERS: This has text-to-speech disabled!

  • Angela
    2018-10-10 06:39

    Not quite as good as Invisible Wall, but I'm glad I read it so I'd know how their life went after they came to America. So sad that "the dream" never really came true for his mother.

  • Julie
    2018-10-11 09:44

    Not as good as the invisible wall, but enjoyed reading how he overcomes all the obstacles and how his life turns out

  • Lia Valenti
    2018-10-01 11:40

    Ho trovato questo secondo libro della saga della famiglia Bernstein bello quanto il primo! Quando Harry all'inizio ha riassuntato quello che era successo nel primo libro non ho affatto pensato che si ripetesse a causa dell'età avanzata come qualcuno ha pensato, ma che semplicemente non stava dando per scontato che chi stesse leggendo il secondo libro avesse letto anche il primo. Harry Bernstein ha raccontato in modo chiaro e senza fronzoli la sua vita. Ha avuto una madre unica e splendida e un padre bastardo fino al midollo . delle due sorelle chi ho amato è stata la dolce e tenera Lyly, ho detestato ferocemente Rose,anaffettiva ,odiosa e rancorosa come il padre ! Una serpe da piccola ,una serpe da grande. Mai una parola affettuosa o una carezza per la madre! Una ragazza e poi una donna cattiva quasi quanto il padre. Adesso vado a iniziare il terzo libro.

  • Brenda Christensen
    2018-09-22 09:55

    This is the second memoir that Harry Bernstein wrote covering the period of his life when they moved to America (from England) up until his marriage and the death of his mother. I enjoyed it as much as I did his first memoir. It reads more like a novel than a memoir. It was hard to imagine that these characters were real people going through such difficult circumstances. His mother was amazing and tragic. His father could not have made her life or his children's lives more miserable. The tragedy was really right there - a man who couldn't see how blessed he was with a faithful, loving wife and children who could have loved him and been a blessing to him had he been a different sort of man. I will definitely read the next memoir which is about his long, loving relationship with his wife of 67 years, Ruby.

  • Patricia
    2018-10-05 06:32

    Harry Bernstein waited until he was 95 to write this memoir of his growing up years. A large Jewish family is dominated and nearly destroyed by a drunken rage-a-holic father. This book is a cousin to The Glass Castle, except the father has no redeeming qualities or love for his wife or children. It is very frustrating and disheartening to read this story. I have no desire to read his other books.

  • Frances Houseman
    2018-10-06 12:34

    I am moved to tears by Mr Bernstein's story and his ability to love, especially the women in his life - his mother and his wife. The fact that he wrote this while in his late 90s is incredible and inspiring...his memory is pristine and his writing is lovely.

  • Marta Folgarait
    2018-09-22 06:36

    Adoro le storie di gente emigrata in America in cerca di fortuna e questa ancora di più visto che è la sua.

  • Sandy
    2018-10-20 06:39

    I enjoyed this after reading The Invisible Wall.

  • Abby
    2018-10-01 08:45

    Did not disappoint! Loved hearing about what life in America looked like for this Jewish immigrant family.

  • Valentina Turchetti
    2018-10-22 14:52

    Affascinante quanto il primo.

  • Grace
    2018-10-16 14:45

    Harry Bernstein's sophomore memoir, "The Dream: A Memoir," picks up where "The Invisible Wall," leaves off: his mother still wishing for his father's family in America to send steamship tickets so they too could emigrate to America. Quickly, Harry's mother's dream is realized and the entire family, except for Lily, newly married to the Christian boy Arthur from across the street and with a new son, Jimmy, leave for Liverpool to catch the steamship for Quebec, Canada, then the train to Chicago. Harry Bernstein left behind the invisible wall that separated the Jewish and Christians on his old English street for the bustle and opportunity of America at the age of twelve. Coming of age in the boom times before the stock market crash and Great Depression, Harry is full of all the optimism his mother has for him - growing up, graduating from high school, and becoming something. As with all good plans, life happens: Harry leaves his Chicago Post Office job he took to save money for college when he flees to New York with his mother and younger brother after he pummels his drunken father after years of pent up anger and frustration. What he expects to find in New York City isn't what he actually gets: his brother Joe isn't as successful or happy as they had thought him to be. They find his brother Saul unexpectedly and it is him, not Joe, who get them on their feet. Shortly upon arriving, Harry receives word from Joe that their sister Lily died of a heart attack in England. His drunken father returns and has a change of heart, at least for a little while, before turning into the drunken brute he always was. During this time, Harry fights with the rest of the city to find a job during the worst of the depression, even getting caught up in gang activity and landing himself in the hospital for a few months due to a severe beating. The one thing that never falters for Harry is his love and devotion to his mother. He realized early on all of the sacrifices his mother made for him and his siblings. He recognized her hard work, unfailing optimism, and all of the dreams that she had for them as individuals and as a family. His mother is afraid that he will marry and forget all about her, but Harry proved that he can marry the love of his life, a wonderful woman named Ruby, and still be an attentive and doting son. This is a story of perseverance. It is a coming of age story of a young man as he finds out who he is and what matters to him. In beautiful prose and an uncanny ability to recall the details of memories six, seven, and even eight decades ago, Harry Bernstein continues to tell his gripping and fascinating story of living his mother's dream and excelling far behind his mother's wildest imagination. I'm glad that he finally put these stories down into writing.

  • Joanna
    2018-10-06 08:41

    Last part of the book helps me understand so much more than I ever could about my seasoned lady friends. Thank you so much for our Saturday night card games! You have so much wisdom and love to share with me."I live alone now in a house that Ruby and I bought when we retired. ...there is a lake just across the street from where I live round which Ruby and I used to walk every day, morning and evening, with her hand in mine. We'd finally come to rest on a bench facing the lake with a tree shading it that Ruby and I had planted years before. On summer evenings we'd watch the sun set on the other side of the lake, trees forming a dark, lace-like covering over the red glow in the sky, and the glow reflected in the water and turning it pink. It was very still, and we'd sit there with her hand still in mine, watching the glow gradually fade, and then we'd go home. I cannot walk much any longer. It would not be possible for me to go round the lake. I do manage to cross over the street to sit on the bench, alone now, watching the sunset, and sometimes think that Ruby is still there sitting with me and I can feel her hand, soft and warm, in mine."

  • Rob Wilkinson
    2018-09-21 06:46

    To write such a captivating autobiography is a wonderful achievement, even more so in your 90s. Bernstein's large, mainly Jewish, family provides rich material. Not the most charismatic group of people, but one with a strong sense of family - sometimes looking after each other, sometimes feuding. Bernstein's narrative is gritty, with some emotional layering, but no old man's rose-tinted retrospect. I wonder how members of the Bernstein family living today view The Dream? Perhaps Harry diplomatically waited til certain of his relatives were dead before publishing.So much has changed in the space of 90 years. From the perspective of today's affluence, the poverty that Bernstein describes is hard to imagine. First a divided community of terraced houses in Stockport, Manchester; then the challenges of immigrant life in the US, Chicago and New York in the 1920s. The 'Dream' of the title is the classic American dream, found in the land of opportunity by those prepared to work. The Dream describes attitudes in 1920s US to immigrants, coming mostly from Europe, leaving the reader to draw comparison with attitudes of the modern day to predominantly Hispanic immigration.

  • Annette
    2018-09-29 07:32

    My sister sent this as a present to me. I was so excited to move from the first book to this one. Wow is all I can say! There are so many twists and turns to this story. The father is in his life, no now the father isn't. Its wonderful and keeps you guessing. It makes me think about writing about one's family. What one person goes through and how a family or person overcomes hardships and how it can encourage someone else. The wonderful story continues! Can hardly wait to finish it.So much angst and heartache. I cried after reading this book. The outcome for Harry and his father was not a good one. The father continued to be the worst father anyone could have. I realize too that this was all a learned and chosen choice by him to be and live this way. So I wonder how did all of the kids really turn out having a father like this? It broke my heart for them and their mother. And in the end the mother couldn't do a thing about getting away from him because he always found her. If he knocked on her door what could she do but let him in? Very sad. I hope to read the next book about Harry's marriage and hope to find out the better days that were his. I'm hoping.

  • Sally68
    2018-09-26 07:43

    Secondo libro e continuazione della saga della famiglia Bernstein.Libro che a tratti ho trovato ripetitivo e a tratti al quanto interessante e il finale mi ha fatto piangere..Non posso non menzionare nuovamente la grande figura di questa madre, di come sia riuscita anche nelle difficoltà a trasmettere sogni e speranze ai suoi figli..Il "nonno" le permetterà di realizzare il suo sogno, l'America, pagandogli i biglietti per la traversata in nave e lei, orgogliosa come era, si era ripromessa di ripagarloappena fosse stata in grado di farlo.Viene poi a sapere che il nonno era stato ulteriormente generoso con lei e questo le fu fatale, dato che per tutta la vita ha sempre pensato agli altre e mai a se stessa.Donna che ha avuto poco o niente dalla vita ma che è stata tanto amata dai suoi figlio e in particolar modo da Harry, il quale a 94 anni, dopo la morte dellasua adorata Ruby, decide di raccontare le peripezie della sua famiglia, lasciandociuna bella testimonianza.

  • Maggie
    2018-09-21 08:28

    A continuation of Harry Bernstein's life in volume 2 of his memoirs, this one on the challenges to the family of the trip from England to the U.S. and then assimilation beginning in 1922. Harry, the curious one, seemed to do well in fitting in. Like his older brother, Joe, he figured out what he needed to do to blend in best. Rose, who was so unbending, constantly fought life to get it on her terms, something she never accomplished and no doubt died an embittered and unsatisfied woman. Harry is the first in the family to graduate from high school (in fact, he may be the first who attended high school). Sydney achieved his mother's dream and graduated from college (unfortunately she didn't live to see it). I felt such sympathy for Harry's mother who encountered one hurdle after another she had to overcome on behalf of her family, not least was her husband, a combative alcoholic. She was the hero in these books.