The Invisible Wall

The Invisible Wall

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

a€œThere are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of its a€˜Invisible Wall.a€™ a€ The narrow street where Harry Bernstein grew up, in a small English mill town, was seemingly unremarkable. It was identical to countless other streets in countless other working-class neighborhoods of the early 1900s, except for the a€œinvisible walla€ that ran down its center, dividing Jewish families on one side from Christian families on the other. Only a few feet of cobblestones separated Jews from Gentiles, but socially, it they were miles apart. On the eve of World War I, Harrya€™s family struggles to make ends meet. His father earns little money at the Jewish tailoring shop and brings home even less, preferring to spend his wages drinking and gambling. Harrya€™s mother, devoted to her children and fiercely resilient, survives on her dreams: new shoes that might secure Harrya€™s admission to a fancy school; that her daughter might marry the local rabbi; that the entire family might one day be whisked off to the paradise of America. Then Harrya€™s older sister, Lily, does the unthinkable: She falls in love with Arthur, a Christian boy from across the street. When Harry unwittingly discovers their secret affair, he must choose between the morals hea€™s been taught all his life, his loyalty to his selfless mother, and what he knows to be true in his own heart. A wonderfully charming memoir written when the author was ninety-three, The Invisible Wall vibrantly brings to life an all-but-forgotten time and place. It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love. From the Hardcover edition.It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love. From the Hardcover edition.

Title:The Invisible Wall
Author:Harry Bernstein
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2007-03-20


You Must CONTINUE and create a free account to access unlimited downloads & streaming