Earth and High Heaven

Earth and High Heaven

Book - 1944
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Publisher: [S.l.] : Jonathan Cape, 1944
Characteristics: 251 p.

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Liber_vermis
Aug 01, 2014

A gripping story of thwarted romance due to the discrimination against Jews in Montreal, Canada, concurrent with the extermination of Jews (and others) by the Nazis in war torn Europe. The story is vivid with description of Montreal, the Laurentian Mountains, and the hardrock mining area of northeastern Ontario. A timeless book to be read and discussed by a book club.

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burmisgal
Jun 04, 2011

Great love story with lots of food for thought about prejudice and relationships.

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Aug 01, 2014

"... There are only two characteristics which most Jews have in common ... one of them is a determination to survive, if possible, and the other is a basic sense of insecurity. Yet there's no unanimity on how survival is to be accomplished, and the sense of insecurity takes the form of almost every conceivable kind of behaviour from the extreme of aggressive materialism to the opposite extreme of complete idealism. I have a theory that the ghetto produces a disproportionate number of both and that the effects of the ghetto take two or three generations to wear off ... It's impossible to prove or disprove it because wherever we go, the ghetto environment still exists to some extent." (p. 86)

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