• Title: Brothers
  • Author: Bernice Rubens
  • ISBN: 9780349130132
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brothers This immensely powerful novel follows four generations of the Bindel family as they fight for survivial in a hostile world From imperial Russia in they head towards Western Europe returning fina
    This immensely powerful novel follows four generations of the Bindel family as they fight for survivial in a hostile world From imperial Russia in 1825 they head towards Western Europe, returning finally to modern Russia, where the persecution of the Jews continues The Bindel family are knit by unbreakable bonds of love and loyalty, bonds which survive conscription intoThis immensely powerful novel follows four generations of the Bindel family as they fight for survivial in a hostile world From imperial Russia in 1825 they head towards Western Europe, returning finally to modern Russia, where the persecution of the Jews continues The Bindel family are knit by unbreakable bonds of love and loyalty, bonds which survive conscription into the Tsarist army in the 1830s, the Odessa pogrom of 1871, emigration to the Welsh valleys and Germany, the Nazis, the concentration camps, and the Gulags.

    One Reply to “Brothers”

    1. Wow! What an amazing read! One of my top 10 of all time! Bernice Ruebens is a masterful storyteller indeed! Reading this book about these brothers, with their survival Jewish inheritance, today in 2017, this book still holds deep, relevant truths about real living and survival sacrifices made for the surviving generations of man that ring true for any and all who believe in the enduring legacy of family as a still living entity of value and of the story that lays the foundation for understanding [...]

    2. Read this a few years ago and found it very moving. It is the examination across four generations of relationship, culture and a rediscovering of roots but I found the almost sensationalist approach to violence a drawback. By that I mean the persecution adn appalling violence perpetrated against jews by Russia pre and post revolution adn the obvious disgrace of Nazi Germany was and is well documented as it should be but Bernice Rubens overstepped the mark when she has even Nature rising up to co [...]

    3. Toen ik in groep twee zat, had ik een hele leuke kleuterjuf. Ze hield net zoveel van lezen als mijn moeder en ze leenden elkaar regelmatig mooie boeken. Eén keer was mijn moeder uitzonderlijk enthousiast over een boek van mijn juf. 'Als je later groot bent, moet je haar maar vragen of je het ook mag lenen,' zei ze tegen mij.Toen ik achttien was, ging ik een keer bij mijn juf op bezoek. Het bijzondere boek kwam ter sprake en ik vroeg of ik het mocht lenen. Mijn juf zei dat dat mocht, en ze verte [...]

    4. Please read this book – I came across this book whilst browsing in the bookshop a few years ago and have subsequently many of Bernice Rubens’ book.The book tells the tragic and heart breaking story of several generations of the Jewish Bindel familyThe books opens up in a Tsarist dominated Russia in 1820s. Although not biological brothers we learn they are milk brothers born on the same day, to the same family - Benjamin & ReubenThe book depicts the persecution of the Jewish people from t [...]

    5. This book reminded me a lot of Last of the Just by Schwarz-Bart in that it was an epic saga about a European Jewish family… but, unfortunately, (and I feel bad for saying this) Brothers was not as good. It’s hard to criticize a book which tries so hard to memorialize such a hugely tragic era (Jewish Europe from mid-1700s to 1970s) because it just sounds insensitive. My problem was with the lack of artistry in the way this book was written. The plot was quite complex and there was a huge cast [...]

    6. This is a family saga relating what happens to multiple generations of the Bindel Family. Starting in Russia in the 1820's, in each generation there are a set of " brothers". Each generation has to overcome some adversity -- conscription into the Czar's army, pogroms, Hitler. They test their beliefs. Each generation is given their inheritance handed down verbally by the patriarch of the family, Jacob. They are instructed that it is their duty to survive. There is no ideal worth dying for. Each g [...]

    7. This is one of those reads that stays with you a long time. I was really touched by the story-line, which I found impressive and interesting. The way Mrs. Rubens wove the stories of the brothers through time and each time its own circumstances. I love this book, it is deeply emotional and gives us an inside in the Jewish life in Russia in the 18th century and all the difficulties they had, same goes for the pre WWII period in England, than during WWII in Germany and the last period is in Russia [...]

    8. Zonder twijfel het beste en mooiste boek dat ik de voorbije jaren gelezen heb. Prachtig plot, aangrijpende beschrijvingen, spannend en ontroerend en geschreven in een meeslepende vertelstijl. En in vele opzichten actueel!'Er is op aarde geen zaak die waard is voor te sterven,' zei hij, 'geen God is iemands laatste adem waard, geen land iemands martelaarschap, geen principe iemands offer. Alleen in de naam van de liefde kan dood de moeite waard zijn. En in naam van de vriendschap' (pag. 58, als J [...]

    9. Tells the story of six generations of one family. Tragic and moving. I found myself crying many times as each "story" came to an end.The tale of the Bindel family reminds me of my own family's story - fleeing from the Nazis and emigrating to Israel and the US. Jews all over the world and throughout time have learned to do what they must to survive persecution. It's terrible that this still exists today. This book is a must read. Never forget.

    10. This tells, so beautifully, the trials and tribulations of four generations of the Bindel family. Stretching from 1825 to 1980 it is at points unbearably sad, so it's not for everyone, but I love books that make me feel and this had me crying and laughing and hoping beyond hope for happiness for this family. It's epic and beautifully written and if you have capacity for sadness then take it on holiday and delve in, I doubt very much you'll regret it.

    11. This book was published in the 60's, however I just heard of it. I would put this book in my all time best books category. A must read for anyone who care to understand why the Jewish people continue to survive. It starts from the Russia Pogroms throught the establishment of Israel as a country. WOW!

    12. The story of generations of Jewish brothers as they live under the Czar and continue in the Diaspora to Germany and Isreal. A very strong book, with authentic voices, that elicits strong feelings. I found myself talking out loud to the characters!

    13. Sad and beautifully rendered epic. Sheds real light on why people make the choices they do and how they become embroiled in decisions that reverberate through their lives and beyond.Rubens is an outstanding writer who portrays her characters and events with startling, terrifying clarity.

    14. The most amazing gripping story. You feel you are involved with the characters. Well written and couldn't put it down

    15. I've only read this book once, yet completely adored it. It is right up there as one of my favourite books of all time.

    16. Have just read this for the 5th time in 15 years and found it still moves me as much as the first time.

    17. Gobsmacking tale of several generations of Russian Jews covering their struggle for survival from Tsarist Russia to Stalin's Gulags. One of my favourite reads - ever.

    18. interesting epic, tracing 6 generations of Jews and many of the atrocities committed against them. Thanks Jenny Cuthill.

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