ISAAC, JACOB & ZEV
By Jerry Marcus
Hardcover . 235pp . $25.00
Follow the life of
Brooklyn-born Zev Segal in the 1950s as he wrestles with the
basic conflicts of man's inhumanity to man, why it occurs,
and the legacy of the Holocaust. Laugh, cry, and grow angry
as Zev struggles with conflict as he travels from the security
and traditions of Orthodox Judaism to the gambling underworld,
as the spirits of Jewish history haunt him.
from ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB & ZEV
It was four degrees outside
and the Chicago wind was blowing ferociously. Zev Segal walked as
fast as he could swinging his arms from side to side. His hurried
manner continued for nearly a mile when suddenly Zev's entire appearance
changed. He slowed up almost to a standstill, his arms no longer
swinging, his shoulders now bent as an aimless look spread over
Zev found a restaurant, checked
the prices, and decided he could afford a cup of coffee. He sat
at the counter, keeping his jacket on, trying to retain as much
warmth as possible. Several minutes passed and the waitress still
had not approached him. Zev rubbed his hands and moved his feet
up and down. His body shivered more and more as each second passed.
Finally, the waitress came over to him and he said very meekly,
only coffee please.
Zev's mind drifted. He pictured
himself sitting in his furnished room thinking of all that had happened
these past few years. He remembered the screeching trains going
to hell itself. The Righteous Ones had asked Zev for his help in
seeking out amongst the peoples of the world those responsible for
the atrocities performed on the rebbe's family and millions of others.
They still awaited Zev's answer and hoped their optimism now was
more warranted than the time they sat at God's throne and thought
the civilized world would never allow such horrors to happen....
"...A significant and
moving novel...An important addition to books about the Holocaust
and Jewish people ..." American Jewish Congress
"...Original and compelling..."
The Chicago Tribune
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