• Mosaic

  • A Chronicle of Five Generations
  • By: Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-30-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (190 ratings)

Regular price: $34.96

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Publisher's Summary

This remarkable true story begins in the Polish city of Krakow in 1890 and spans 100 years and four continents.God blessed Lieba and the devout Jewish patriarch Daniel Baldinger with 11 children. This richly textured portrait follows their lives, lives that personify the struggles and hopes of our century, down the decades, through the terrifying years of the Holocaust to the present. Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.
©2002 Diane Armstrong; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"Although it has the epic sweep and emotional depth of a 19th-century novel, Diane Armstrong's absorbing family memoir centers around the 20th-century Holocaust that consumed the lives of six million European Jews....Her skillful blending of vibrant individual voices across the generations makes this memoir a touching tribute to the healing powers of storytelling as well as to the unquenchable human spirit." (Amazon.com review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 08-18-09

Spectacular story

A deeply moving account of triumph under harrowing and heartbreaking times. One of the finest nonfiction works I've ever encountered. Despite the hardships and horrors, a family lives and testifies to the power of love, family, survival. Highly recommended for its' breadth of emotion, fabulous narration and stunning account of victory.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roberta on 09-22-11

Absolutely excellent!

I've read and seen other stories of the Holocaust, but this one excels. It has so many details, it makes you feel you actually knew the members of her family. One caution though, if you're struggling with depression, this is not the book to read right now. The subject matter is very difficult and heart-rending, although it's written very well. She actually came up with words for the thoughts that went thru my head when MY mother died, at the time her mother passed away - things that rang so true, I was in tears while listening - and I very seldom cry when it comes to books.

I have one suggestion - there are so many people in her family that I went into Google Books, hoping to find some kind of family tree from her book, and it was there! Just do a search on "Mosaic" in Google Books - I downloaded it, printed it out, and kept it in my car so I could glance at it every so often if I was wondering who she was talking about. It really helped, especially because of the foreign names and because some of the family members actually had the same name.

I found out a few years ago that I'm Jewish and that some of my family members died in the Holocaust. Because of this book, I now feel that I can identify with what some of them must have experienced during those awful years. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on 09-08-12

Brilliant , touches every emotion

It took me 2 weeks to tell my 84 year old mom to read this because the emotions were still to raw to find a way to put into words. Touches on so many of our lives in so many ways but for those of us lucky enough to have relatives who left in time, a must-read account of what could have been for us and was for so many...and left us wondering about the familes we never knew nor ever will. The way Ms Armstrong has written this tapestry of her family....especially as an audio book, read by the perfect person...places it in a place in my heart and mind I will never forget...and I thank her for writing it and sharing it because I know I will never be the same. If only the world understood the senselessness in hate and the rewards in tolerance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lee-Anne on 06-09-12

Utterly compelling

This audio book was utterly compelling. It reads like a beautifully written historical novel, and is all the more remarkable because it is a true biographical and autobiographical account of a real family, rather than fiction.
It was painful at times to listen to, when holocaust atrocities are detailed, but, even in the midst of the horror, human courage, love, faith, the miraculous, and the power of family bonds still shine through the narrative.
I cannot recommend this highly enough if you appreciate history and human interest biographies, this one is unforgettable.

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