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Snow in August
Snow in August
Author: Pete Hamill
It's 1947 in a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood when two unlikely characters meet. In a blizzard one Saturday, an Irish Catholic boy, Michael Devlin, meets Rabbi Judah Hirsch, and a rare and beautiful friendship begins. Michael is entranced by the rabbi's stories of ancient magic and wisdom. For the rabbi, Michael's patient instru...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446606257
ISBN-10: 0446606251
Publication Date: 3/1998
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 83 ratings
Publisher: Warner Vision Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Suprisingly addicting book. Hamill transports you to a place and time when life was simple AND more complicated. A teen develops an unlikely friendship with a rabbi who is new to the States. Set in the forties, the two discover new worlds together and realize the real meaning of friendship.
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11 yr old Michael Devlin (100% Irish), living in a post-war tenement with his widowed mother, beriends Rabbi Hirsch in 1940's Brooklyn. After witnessing a hate-crime, Michael is terrorized by The Falcons ~ a gang of youths doling out anti-Semitism and other harrassment. Finally, Michael finds he has to evoke the spirit of the golem to help him and his neighborhood.

Pete Hamill brings post-war Brooklyn tangibly to the page. He weaves a heartrending tale of human vulnerability and myth that I enjoyed and will look forward to reading more of his work.
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I enjoyed the writing - the history and the sense of wonder. The author takes you there.
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Excellent story - fantasy and fiction - good and evil.
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A beautiful coming of age story about a young Irish-American Catholic boy who befriends a Rabbi, and teaches him about baseball, during the time Of the Dodgers in Brooklyn when Jackie Robinson was first accepted to the team. It is a story of learning, values, tolerance, & love.
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Excellent, well written, with very interesting characters and story line. Explains various aspects of Orthodox & Kabbalah teachings. There is mystery, lots of emotion and even a story within the story of Jackie Robinson coming to the major leagues!
Both men and women will enjoy this book.
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Hamill's writing is wonderfully engaging. The lead character, young Michael Devlin learns many lessons about grace found in diversity of cultures, how perceived outsiders can become your strongest allies. There is certainly pain in his lessons, but much to be learned and loved in this tale.
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A touching story between old and young, Catholic and Jewish,right and wrong. I enjoyed the two main characters, this was a well written book. If you like books about cultures learning from one another this is a book to read.