The Land of Eighteen Dreams

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The Land of Eighteen Dreams is an episodic novel made up of chronologically-connected stories, each of which is self-contained. All are in the form of a narrative by Lily Siegel, who uses each incident to describe her relationship with her grandfather, Benjamin Kagan. Benjamin describes his life and, in doing so, simultaneously offers the wider story of American Jews over the last century, and distills the inherited folk wisdom of Eastern European Jews.
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Overview

The Land of Eighteen Dreams is an episodic novel made up of chronologically-connected stories, each of which is self-contained. All are in the form of a narrative by Lily Siegel, who uses each incident to describe her relationship with her grandfather, Benjamin Kagan. Benjamin describes his life and, in doing so, simultaneously offers the wider story of American Jews over the last century, and distills the inherited folk wisdom of Eastern European Jews.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614348726
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence J. Epstein is a former professor of English. He taught courses in writing and Jewish Thought and is the author of such books as The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America and At the Edge of a Dream, about Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side.
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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Wonderful heartwarming read

    What an absolutely wonderful read! The Land of Eighteen Dreams is a series of stories from grandfather Benjamin to granddaughter Lily. Benjamin has a story for every occasion. He teaches through his stories but Lily, and I as a reader, never feel that he is preaching. Lily brings her problems to him from the time she is a child through her growing up and adult years. He has the solutions to her problems but instead of giving her the answer, Benjamin tells a story and allows Lily to figure out the solution to the problem through the story. She learns of his past, their ancestors, friends, and acquaintances.

    I love the close bond between Lily and Benjamin. I can feel her mother’s exasperation with their closeness. It has the feeling of them ganging up on her but the feelings and emotions between Lily and Benjamin is what I would want for my child or for myself. They are honest with each other and call each other on it when it seems one or the other is being less than honest.

    As I read the stories I could hear Benjamin’s voice as he spoke. I could feel Lily holding back her questions so she did not interrupt her grandfather. I loved the droll remarks he made to her when she questioned so much. Their relationship is so rare and precious.

    Benjamin explains about the 18 dreams each of us has which concludes with the one that is special and different for each one of us. He then lets Lily work on her dreams. It was so beautiful to watch Lily grow up and search for her special dream.

    The Land of Eighteen Dreams is a special book. There are many layers to it. It is a book to be savored, thought about, re-read. Benjamin was so alive. I laughed and I cried through his stories. I did not want it to end but, alas, The Land of Eighteen Dreams came to a close. Lily had to find her dream.

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