Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Invisible Wall (Valentine's Day #3)
Mr. Bernstein's memoir is difficult to put down from the first sentence. The writing is beautiful and descriptive, and gives a sense of the hardships the working poor faced. But it's not all sadness, and there are some bright moments, although it reads much like a Dickens novel in many respects. The bigotry of both sides of the street is detailed and told without bitterness. And Bernstein makes his family and neighbors come alive - you feel real sympathy for his mother and sister and their hopes and dreams, and even some for his alcoholic father. It's difficult to describe the emotions in the book, and yet I couldn't wait to keep reading it. I'm not a fan of memoirs, but it was an outstanding book which I highly recommend.
So, those are my recommendations for Valentine's Day-themed reading. I hope you find something that appeals to you.