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The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 336 Pages.

Published: 01 November 2007 by Arrow

ISBN: 0099504286

EAN: 9780099504283

The Invisible Wall Harry Bernsteins' childhood in the industrial north of England in the shadow of the First World War is one of hardship and hostility. His brutish father spends what little he earns at the tailoring shop on drink, while his devoted mother survives on her dreams. This is a story of working class life and the daily struggle to make ends meet.


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Holding on to a Tiny Spark of a Dream

This is an autobiographical account of Harry Bernstein's early years

growing up in a Lancashire mill town. We first meet him at the age of

four years when he is allowed to go out to play on the street with his

brothers for the first time. On Harry's side of the street lived the

Jews and across the road lived the Christians. There was a certain

wariness between the two sides which was more pronounced out in the

wider world where Harry and his family faced racism, persecution and

bullying on a daily basis. It was an incredibly tough world where

Harry's Mum struggled to make ends meet on a daily basis.

Despite the

poverty, religious divide and bullying from his Father and local boys,

this is not a depressing story. Rather it is a story of hope and how a

little spark of a dream can continue even through the darkest of times.

We learn that life is tough on both sides of the road but there are

times when they are all just the same - such as the days during the war

when the telegram girl cycles up the road.

This was a very easy book

to read and a very hard one to put down. As a narrator Harry is great.

He is very accepting of his world and loving to his family, particularly

his Mum and his sister Lily. Harry has set out to tell you how it was,

not to elicit pity. There are a great many lessons to be learnt from

this tiny piece of history not least that regardless of religion we are

all the same underneath.

I very much enjoyed this book. Throughout

even the darkest hours there was optimism and laughter. I have already

bought the second book to see how things pan out for Harry and his

family when the dream finally does come true.

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