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  • By Doug Stuber
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Almost a Jew, by Murry Handler" Murry Handler's story has been told at least three times, as part of each of his son's books, and now, finally, from his own point of view. This is a riveting read, and far better than most memoirs. Style plus story line, at least in this case, add up to a tale of struggle and sadness, failure and redemption, and finally, the life of a man, who, through hard work, proves that life is best lived at a 100 percent clip. Handler was born into a family whose breadwinner collected, odds and ends, re-acquainted new customers as to their value, and marched around Maine with a cart full of things people could buy. This work, some would say recycler these days, was typical of a very hard time during the depression. Handler himself found the woods, rivers and natrual wonders an excellent remedy, but also "joined up" and found himself compelled to draw and paint at an early age. If you grew up in the depression, art is not exactly the dream... More > job your parents have for you, but Handler makes it work and ends up in New York, again through hard work, not only with his own graphic arts firm, but also the love of his life,fair Enid, who, having been born into a very nice family, was a little apprehensive about how Murry would be received at home. Her parents knew that love is not anything to fool with, and before long Murry and Enid had their own (climb the stairs) apartment, with children that were, hmmm, a lot of work at a young age. OK you're about to think "Wow, this is not such a great or different or exciting or must-read-for-the-summer type of book." So before I continue to bore you, pick it up for yourself. My words can only detract from a life full of adventure, hardships fought through and beaten, and the unrestricted love of a man who allowed his children to be who they were, just as he had been taught. Sounds easy, but we all know it's not. The best part of this book is how Handler deftly weaves the importance of his wife Enid into his story. He fully grasps the efforts she put in while he was grinding out 16 hour days to keep his firm growing. He's very close to being a feminist, on top of his other achievements. "Almost a Jew" is aptly name, as Handler, who was born into the religion, adapted his life to meet all people as equals, and, by being such a good friend to so many, has a very good story to tell. His life-long love of poetry and wordsmithing comes through in many lyrical passages that make "Almost a Jew" the strongest self-published book since "Mutant Message Down Under." Enjoy!< Less
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Murry Handler
July 28, 2011
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.94 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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