Without knowing a word of Yiddish, you can still enjoy Lansky's story about his work to save hundreds of thousands of books and help to preserve the history of a dying language. This inspiring book stands on its own simply as a testament to the power of one person's singleminded passion, persistence and sheer hard work to save an endangered culture.
Jul 26, 2007
A real life detective story about Books!
With grace and humor the author recollects his intial decision to save Yiddish books and in doing so unwraps the soon to be forgotten history and joy of the Yiddish language and culture. Although Yiddish was the common language of European Jews it was long felt that it was a low class language. Jews themselves have maintained the haughty attitiude that Hebrew or German were the real languages and Yiddish was embarrasing and unimportant.
On his journey, Aaron Lansky discovers a treasure trove of books, stories and friendships with the vanishing WWII Jewish population. As Lansky learns it's more than just the books that are being forgotten.
A fast read, the book stands on it's own as a combination grass roots detection and a coming of age tale that is a good read for everyone.
Apr 3, 2007
I recommend this book to both Jewish and non-Jewish readers. It rekindled my awareness of Jewish culture separated from the religious aspect...the history and rediscovery of Yiddish influence on literature, philosophy, the arts, etc., and on person's quest to recover this history.
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