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Posted September 14, 2011
Posted August 4, 2009
Read It and Live It
NIAGRA FALLS ALL OVER AGAIN By Elizabeth McCrackenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a golden find for an inveterate reader, such as myself.
There are always a group of books awaiting me, many to which I never paid much attention, until I began reading. My mind is open and easily excited when something special comes along.
This book -- Niagra Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken, captured my imagination.
Surprising was the fact, that the book is a novel. As I was reading, I actually "Googled" into my computer, wanting to know more about the characters. Then I happened to check into the beginning of the book, advising that this is definitely a novel.
The book begins with a very tiny Midwest town in Iowa and some of the Jewish residents who settled there after their escape from their difficult lives in Eastern Europe. They struggled with big
families to make ends meet, build new lives, and to give their children a good upbringing and education.
Mose is the only son, along with six daughters. He is a gentle soul, helping his father in his business. Mose had dreams and followed his heart to finally make it in the world of vaudeville. The time is in the early to mid Twentieth Century. The place was Iowa. The Great Depression played a great part in the struggle of the people.
During these times Mose met Rocky, they became partners and close friends. They married, raised families, and wound up in the world of Radio, Stage, Screen and Television.
The book is written with much humor, sadness, and human kindness.
It is so human, that it could have been in the lives of anyone who reads, and perhaps finds a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, to match these lovely people. No one is perfect! There is tragedy, great love and friendship. The reader will not be able to put the book aside, without thinking about what they are experiencing, as they relax and quickly grab the book to re-enter into these lives.
There is no violence. If the reader is looking for blood and violence, this not for him. This is out of the ordinary of what reaches the new bookshelves these days.
Everyone should enter this world in our recent past.
Enjoy, laugh and cry a little!
Posted April 25, 2002
A GOOD READ
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed and realistic. Funny one-liners! I learned a lot about the business of vaudeville. The relationship between the two main characters was interesting. I would highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2001
A Rare thing, a True book
I was deeply affected by Niagara Falls All Over Again. It gave what appeared to be a genuine account of vaudvillian comics as the entertainment industry evolved into the film and TV world. But the book was much more than a study of professional comics; comedy was a metaphor for life. It was a book about relationships; how the most difficult might also be the most meaningful. If you read as a way to help you think about things, then I would very highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2001
Well Written, But Sad
I saw this book written up in the BN New Fiction Newsletter and my interest was piqued enough to read it. I was impressed by the author's writing as well as her ability to weave a good story. Her characters were interesting, but sad (the whole book was sad, really). I would have liked more information about Jessica in general as well as more about her feelings in regards to Mose's/Mike's/The Professor's career and what life in Hollywood was like for her. In the right hands, this book could be made into a good movie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2011
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Posted December 6, 2009
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