Alfred Kazin/Literary Critic
Mitch Levenberg is a masterful storyteller. His characters walk a very fine line between the humorous and the pathetic, the farcical and the heroic as their everyday lives turn into an eerie high wire act. The results are unforgettable.
Paul Violi/Poet and Critic
Mitch Levenberg beautifully and poetically captures the sense of dislocation, both literal and figurative a person can feel. He writes of things seen but not quite believed, of moments where the narrator doubts his own perceptions.of the way things are. His grasp of sometimes unseen connections between people and events make his stories more than just travelogues or observations; they help cut deeper, in some cases painfully so, linking events to emotions the characters do not wish to recognize or reckon with.
Glenn Raucher/Writer's Voice
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hysterical, Magnificent, charming, and witty describes Mitch's experiences around the world. His humor is audacious and his effort in delivering a heart-laughter is unsurpassing. When you read his vist to China, you will want to laugh and cry. Just do not try both simultaneously, it may be disastorous. Definitely recommended.
If you are from New York, you will laugh out loud as you read these stories. If you are not from New York, you will laugh anyway. Levenberg's universe is his own, his style, his voice, but to give readers of this review some insight, Levenberg's characters inhabit a world that blends Woody Allen, Kafka, and a bit of Seinfeld. Wonderful humor abounds, but there is an uncertain darkness, tinged with the constant of absurdity. This collection of stories truly is a collection: there is a coordination, a culmination, a synthesis of the parts into a whole. Certainly there are stand-outs, such as 'The Cat' and 'The Package.' I have had the privilege of hearing Mitch Levenberg read one of these stories, 'Journey of the Fish,' and the audience loved it. Levenberg is an astute psychologist, reading into the conflicts of family, understanding the agony of growing up and dealing with the demands of a world often at odds with us. Enjoyable, entertaining, and literary.