The Invisible Wall

  • by Harry Bernstein
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This enchanting true story, written when the author was 93, is a moving tale of working-class life, the social divide, and forbidden love on the eve of the first World War.The narrow street on which Harry grew up appeared identical to countless other working-class English neighborhoods, except for the invisible wall that ran down the center of the street, dividing the Jewish families on one side from the Christians on the other. The geographical distance may have been yards, but socially, it was miles. Families on either side did not speak or meet. But when Harry's older sister fell for the boy across the street, Harry became a go-between for the lovers, crossing the great divide to hide their secret. When the truth inevitably came out, Harry had to decide, at a very young age, what he believed was morally right.

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What the Critics Say

"Young Harry serves as a wide-eyed guide to a world since dismantled....True to a child's experience, it is the details of domestic life that illuminate the tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"A groundbreaking story of family secrets and forbidden love told in plain, beautiful prose through the eyes of a young Jewish boy....the chapters are tense with danger and with tenderness." (Booklist)
"In Mr. Bernstein's hands, the small events of family life and the daily dramas on the street take on a shimmering, timeless quality." (The New York Times)

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A Powerful Tale

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This story of struggle and survival sticks with the reader long after the narration is finished. It gives a birds eye view of life in a different time with all the accompanying expectations and realities from the past. An excellent book. Highly recommended.

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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Brings a lost world to life

I was totally engrossed in this book, listening to it every chance I could. It brought alive for me the British world of poor, immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe much as Call It Sleep did for Jews on the Lower East Side in New York. However, it should appeal to any reader, regardless of their faith.

The reader added to the enjoyment. My only criticism, and it is minor, is that the production team could have taken some care to ensure that the reader pronounced the Yiddish and Hebrew terms with more accuracy.
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- Alan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.