28 May 2011

A DOUBLE THREAD - A CHILDHOOD IN MILE END AND BEYOND.

The 45th book read for the 100+ Reading Challenge and the 6th and final book in the What's In A Name Reading Challenge (A book with size in the title category.)




John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practised in Mile End at the time of the Second World War. His parents were children of immigrants, steeped in the language and traditions of a European past, yet outside the home he grew up in a very English world of schools and books. Looking back on his childhood, Gross reflects on this double inheritance. The richness of Yiddish words, the rituals of religion set against the daily life of the East End, where gangsters were heroes and patients turned up on the doorstep at all hours. Yet in the background, behind the wit and the colour, lie the shadows of anti-semitism and the Holocaust.
...... Outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: "You're such a lobbes!" *

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 10): ..... one of her specialities was baking taigelach - small treacle-coated biscuits which no dentist could have approved of and few children would have been able to resist.

KEEP IT OR NOT?: Not.

Perhaps the shortest book review I have ever written or am likely to write, I can sum A Double Thread up by saying that it had the potential to be an interesting and informative read but, to me,  was let down by the style of writing - reading less like a memoir and more like a collection of school essays I found this dull and such hard going that my mind kept wondering. Never have a mere 190 pages seemed so long.

* Meaning something like 'rascal'.

12 comments:

kavita said...

Lobbes-interesting word .(lol).
The book does sound dull,thanks for the review .
Have a great weekend PW .

Arti said...

Kavita would have had a chuckle at the memorable moment as she is a dental surgeon!!! And yes looks like a dull read, have a lovely weekend Tracy:)

Vivienne said...

Oh and I was hoping it would be good!

dr.antony said...

My reading is restricted to familiar writers..I think it is time to start a change.

animewookie said...

It's a shame when a book has such promise but doesn't live up to it :(

Su said...

Bummer! I was thinking it sounded great until your analysis. It really does sound like it has potential-- too bad it didn't live up to it! :(

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Well, the review was perfect. Right to the point. I''m sorry it didn't live up to it's potential.

Kelly said...

Good thing it was so short since you didn't enjoy it! I'm struggling with a looong one right now for the Global Reading Challenge. It's good, but it's 933 pages, which is hard for me and my short attention span.

Congrats on completing What's In a Name. I still lack one.

Marinela said...

I was hoping it would be great until your analysis! Perfect review!

Take care

Misha said...

I am sorry that the book was disappointing. Thanks for the precise honest review!

naida said...

too bad it dissapointed.

Jenners said...

Your review said all it needed to.