Official Review: A Cobbler's Tale by Neil Perry Gordon

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Official Review: A Cobbler's Tale by Neil Perry Gordon

Post by EmunahAn » 29 Nov 2018, 00:56

[Following is an official review of "A Cobbler's Tale" by Neil Perry Gordon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Full of action and definitely captivating, A Cobbler's Tale by Neil Perry Gordon chronicles the journey of one Jewish family fleeing from war in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire to settle in the US.

It is the early 1900s and the Jews in the village of Krzywcza know that things are about to get worse and many are leaving their homes to settle in the US where they can escape persecution and provide better lives for their families. Pincus Potasznik is one such man but he is unsure his wife Clara will agree to his departure. He convinces her and soon he is on a ship headed to America. He meets Jakob on the voyage and they forge a long lasting friendship. Unlike Pincus, Jakob is fleeing from his past deeds and intends to start a new life when they arrive. While having to work full time to establish his shoe-making business and Jakob getting involved with gangs, Pincus has his hands full. Worse still, World War I is about to begin and Pincus might not be able to go back for his family.

I loved that the plot does not run out of action scenes and many are emotionally gripping. The book is quite fascinating as every turn consists of a riveting scene. In the first part of the book, the unfair treatment that the Jews receive from the authorities is quite evident and even after the Potaszniks leave their homeland and start their life in America, challenges follow them there. Jakob’s involvement with ruthless gangs makes the book even more fascinating as surprises occur.

The fact that it is loosely based on real events makes it feel more authentic. Neil Perry Gordon bases the story on his great-grandparents’ immigration experiences. Even though the plot has been changed to create room for more action, it still reflects the challenges that many Jewish families faced even before the start of WWI in the Austro-Hungarian region.

The characters are not perfect and each of them does what is required for them to survive which makes them relatable and appear real. Clara is daring and she is willing to do whatever it takes to save her family. She takes on the responsibility of leading her family when her husband is away and she does so remarkably. Pincus is ambitious and wants to provide his family with the best life that he can offer. Despite his shy personality, he risks his life many times to protect those that he loves. Jakob, on the other hand, values friendship even if he is caught up in illegal activities.

The editing of the book is well done and the plot is fascinating. A Cobbler's Tale by Neil Perry Gordon would appeal to readers who appreciate action-packed stories that contain the themes of immigration, survival and war. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 30 Nov 2018, 02:53

I love books that are based on true events, loosely or otherwise. They usually hit home much quicker than regular fiction. This story sounds interesting. I shall keep it on my radar. Awesome review, mate!
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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Nov 2018, 08:57

This sounds quite fabulous. I love that it's based on actual events and that it's non-stop action. Those two have me wanting to read the book right there! Thanks for the wonderful words about this one; I'll be putting it on my ever-growing list!
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Post by Britty01 » 01 Dec 2018, 17:40

I enjoy Historical fiction and this one centered pre WWI and during that time period appears to have a lot of action and interesting plots. The fact that it is loosely based on real characters adds extra appeal. Great review.

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Post by IsabellaCD » 06 Dec 2018, 18:25

I really want to read this! I have a branch of my family that is Slovakian Jewish, and I have always wondered about the kinds of things they went through during the time period in which this novel is set.

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