The Dream

The Dream

by Harry Bernstein
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The Dream by Harry Bernstein

“Dreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England. Our mother invented them for us to make up for all the things we lacked and to give us some hope for the future.”

During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein’s selfless mother struggles to keep her six children fed and clothed. But she never stops dreaming of a better life in America, no matter how unlikely. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve years old, steamships tickets arrive in the mail, sent by an anonymous benefactor.

Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible–and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. Harry is mesmerized by the city: the cars, the skyscrapers, and the gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan. For a time, the family gets a taste of the good life: electric lights, a bathtub, a telephone. But soon the harsh realities of the Great Depression envelop them. Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered.

In the face of so much loss, Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision–one that will change their lives forever. And though he has struggled for so long, there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby. It is their romance that will finally bring the peace and happiness that Harry’s mother always dreamed was possible.

With a compelling cast and evocative settings, Harry Bernstein’s extraordinary account of his hardscrabble youth in Depression-era Chicago and New York will grip you from the very first page. Full of humor, drama, and romance, this tale of hope and dreams coming true enthralls and enchants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345503749
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Ninety-eight-year-old Harry Bernstein emigrated to the United States with his family after World War I. He began writing his acclaimed first book, The Invisible Wall, after the death of his wife, Ruby. He has also been published in “My Turn” in Newsweek. Bernstein lives in Brick, New Jersey, where he is working on another book.

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Dream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know Harry has passed on by now,  but I selfishly want him to keep producing books. But, I know in reality..... But the grapevine says he started another. Wow, this man is something else. I don't remember what happen in my life nine years ago let alone 90 years ago. I will never forget these stories of how it was for this family in those days. Very interesting to see it through a mind of a child all the way through to his adulthood. The story was so easy to read, well told and written beautifully, by this beautiful man and his heart wrenching account of what took place. Oh "Arry", my only regret is that you didn't start to write this sooner. Thank you for bringing readers this unforgettable story. It will stay in my mind and heart forever! Young Harry and his brothers and sisters, devoted mother and rather despicable, drunken and despotic father, leave their Liverpool poverty and travel to America in the early twentieth century. As Harry grows, the first of his family to complete high school (his mother cannot read or write), he takes on the role of the man in the house, eventually managing to work even during the Depression (though nearly killed by a band of thugs), trying to get his mother away from his father who has always made their life miserable. The strength, charm and humor of young Harry is wonderful and when he at last falls in love with a girl he meets in a dance hall, he begins a romance and marriage which will last him almost three quarters of a century. Beautifully written memoir, sad, uplifting, quite an extraordinary book from its 90+ year old writer. This book I'll keep.  
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Mr. Bernstein's first book The Invisible Wall and looked forward to reading this book. I was not disappointed. What this 98 year old author remembers about his youth in Chicago and New York is amazing. He describes in detail his life as a child, his family members, his first job, and meeting the love of his life. All this through the roaring twenties and the Great Depression. I had a sense of being there with him. This memoir is one of the best I have ever read.
Derson More than 1 year ago
After reading "The Invisible Wall" by same author, I had to read the follow up and did not regret either book. It is heart wrenching and really gives a personal insight of the culture at that time of history. I applaud the author for sharing so much of himself and his family - thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Harry Bernstein's "The Invisible Wall", I was even more elated with "The Dream". Thank you Mr. Bernstein.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His is an incredible story. Loved his first book The Invisible Wall and had to read the second book. Book clubs would love these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days....Was hard to put down....A must read and was sad when i finished...It is a book you never want to end. What a beautiful mother and a lost father.
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I am a big fan of Memoirs so after reading Frank McCourt's Angelas Ashes and Tis I just had to read Harry Bernstein. I loved The Invisible Wall and finished it in about a week and went straight for The Dream. Great book.
BETKAT More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS A CONTINUATION OF THE FAMILY IN AMERICA AND IT IS A WONDERFUL READ. ONE IS CONSTANTLY SURPRISED BY THE ACTIONS AND HAPPENINGS OF THE FAMILY. IT PULLS YOU IN SO YOU FEEL PART OF THE STORY. I REALLY LOVED HIS WRITING.
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Sandra Pedroza More than 1 year ago
interesting and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from beginning to end, one of the best books I have read this year...!
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KateCO More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. Puts you in Chicago and New York City during the early 1900's.
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