In east central Europe, for centuries, Jews stood as a separate tribe whose members were at once immensely rich and pitifully poor, above all mysterious Today, in the small villages of Hungary and Transylvania, of Poland and Yugoslavia, there are no Jews and they remain only as folk memories, the source of superstition In one of those small villages, located at the end of a road, the author s family first contracted, many centuries ago, to lease land Jews were not allowed to own land until the mid 19th century tilling the sandy soil, planting locust trees to prevent the topsoil from blowing away, becoming stewards of the land, and eventually buying titles to sizeable acreage The first plot of land they acquired was for a cemetery of their own The book tells the story of the family s enduring love affair with the land, and how the land and a world of custom and devotion, was lost....
|Title||:||When the World Was Whole (Picador Books)|
|Publisher||:||Macmillan November 1990|
|Number of Pages||:||200 pages|
|File Size||:||881 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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When the World Was Whole (Picador Books) Reviews
Wonderful book, with lots of great Jewish history pertaining to the author's family in Hungry from the 1800's to after WWII. Highly recommend!!!!
I will report about some of my own subjective responses to this book which I loved.
The stories recalled and retold by Fenyvesi conjure up what must not have been a common occurence: a Jewish family in the same place for at least three centuries who owned their land and controlled the surrounding estates of the Gentiles. Uncommon too: the ability to revive on the page the stories of one's family members going back hundreds of years. In clear prose, largely uncluttered by cliche or digression, Fenyvesi offers a well-told series of vignettes and anecdotes, mixed with his own encounters with the people descended from the peasants his ancestors once employed.