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Topic: April BOM Discussion, Part Two Chapters 42-End

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Subject: April BOM Discussion, Part Two Chapters 42-End
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:23 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/10/2009 2:46 AM ET
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I finished up The Book of Abraham on one leg of my flights today.  My opinion didn't change on the difficulty of the book, but I was able to get more into it in the second half.  In Part 2, the story focuses more on the author's great great grandparents up to the author and since he's more familiar with this story because of hearing it first hand, it seems to be more personal.  Part 1 just jumped too quickly from generation to generation.  Anyways, when the author tells the story of his grandfather, ending in his being killed by the Nazi's, that was very moving.  And I have to respect the effort Marek Halter went through to trace the story of his family's routes back to the origin of Abraham's scribe.  I can see why the book was hailed as an accomplishment and give great review.  I think you have to go into reading it with more of a mindset of wanting to understand Jewish history than looking for a "story" per-se.