How Sweet It Is!

by thane rosenbaum | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1942134010 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Azuki of Miami, Florida USA on 4/16/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by Azuki from Miami, Florida USA on Monday, April 16, 2018
When the City of Miami Beach celebrated its Centennial in 2015, it launched a citywide book club reading experience titled, One Book, One City, featuring Thane Rosenbaum’s novel, HOW SWEET IT IS! A novelist, essayist and law professor living in New York, Rosenbaum was raised in Miami Beach, and his familiarity with, and love of, the city is evident in the story.

The novel is a tale set in Miami Beach in the summer of 1972, telling the story of the Posner family, survivors of the Holocaust. Reading the book reminds me of Forrest Gump, in which the characters are weaved into historic events in a slightly comical setting. There are the Democrat and Republican conventions, the desegregation of schools, the Olympics. The characters cross path with Mohammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Fidel Castro and more. At times funny, at times stirring, mostly brilliant and witty.

This book will be included in the Sunshine Florida raffle prize. I hope the winner enjoys it!

Journal Entry 2 by Azuki at Bookcrossing Convention Bordeaux 2018 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine France on Friday, April 20, 2018

Released 5 yrs ago (4/20/2018 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Bordeaux 2018 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine France


Bringing some books from Floridian authors to the BC con.

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Journal Entry 3 by Wilena at Entraigues, Auvergne France on Saturday, April 21, 2018
Book taken at the bookcrossing convention in Bordeaux.

Journal Entry 4 by Wilena at Entraigues, Auvergne France on Thursday, December 20, 2018
An interesting book which made me learn many things about the life in Miami Beach in the 70s.
I didn't know that there was a jew community in Florida and it was interesting to learn how this dreamed place made itself during the last decades.

Thanks a lot for this discovery Azuki. :-)

Journal Entry 5 by Wilena at Tea-room Le Délice - rue de Bourg in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Released 4 yrs ago (3/9/2019 UTC) at Tea-room Le Délice - rue de Bourg in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland


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Journal Entry 6 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Saturday, March 9, 2019
Hi Azuki - wilena is at my place for a special meetup in Lausanne, and I stole this book from the pile she is intending to release at our OBCZ!
Merci wilena!

Journal Entry 7 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Miami Beach, Jewish mafia and holocaust survivors are words that have never come together in my thoughts in all my 70+ years so this book was an education!
At first I stepped warily into the unfamiliar streets of the island-city and felt a little out of my depth, until I (soon) made the acquaintance of fearless Sophie Posner who immediately became one of my favourite literary heroines. My only reservation is that I didn't see enough of her - though of course space had to be left for her husband Jacob, their 12-year-old son Adam, and the larger than life cast of supporting characters, some I knew (Isaac Bashevis Singer, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra) and others I'd never heard of and didn't even realise they were real people till I started looking them up when they all congregated on the bleachers in the apotheosis of the baseball game in the last chapter (Jackie Gleason, Meyer Lansky [photo], Rocky Pomerance...) and it's amazing umpire (I will not say who to keep a bit of suspense).
The writing style is very vivid and witty, and I paid careful attention so as not to miss the savour (despite the sweetness of the title which I presume is a quote from a Gleason show?). I shall copy out some parts of the text that made me look twice, below. The action all takes place in the 7 miles of Miami Beach, in 1972, with its political wranglings, free love, integration, or rather, desegregation (the ludicrous school bus business...), the music, the food, even the sport (which normally I would gloss over), a fabulous tapestry of emotions and colour (a lot of ice cream pastels).
I also kept looking at the photo of the author who looks so bouncy and crinkly - he made me smile.* Thank you for the laughs. Closing the last page, I feel I have come home to an empty house after a very eventful holiday.

*And now I have looked him up, I see that his parents could be the models for Sophie and Jacob, as both were holocaust survivors.

Afterthought: a map would be a useful addition for those unfamiliar with Miami's geography.

Journal Entry 8 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Photo of young and handsome Frank Sinatra

Some quotes (I stopped noting them down after a while as there were too many).

p. 22 Jacob's manhood was manifested solely in cashing his Social Security checks.

p. 23 When in their presence one had the sick sense that they could not be restrained, that ignitable rage was always simmering in their veins like embers inching toward lighter fluid.

Something that reminded me of Primo Levi's If this is a Man, surviving the death camps:
p. 24 Sophie says: "The lazy die, even if lucky. From when you wake up in the morning, all through the night, every day you have to look for the edge, find the angle, make the right moves - even in your sleep."

p. 25 She put the hammerhead into the old loan shark model

p. 28 Knowing the look of disapproval he was about to receive from his wife, Jacob popped yet another nitroglycerin tablet into his mouth, keeping a cyanide tablet tucked inside his trousers for a more special occasion

p. 33 Vito Perpignano, who was betting heavily and downing screwdrives as if he owned a hardware store.

p. 86 The Super Bowl was only in its fifth year, and Super Bowl V was being played in Miami. Today one can't tell what number the Super Bowl is without having taken Latin in college.

Journal Entry 9 by over-the-moon at Restaurant VaSano (ex-Vapiano) in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Released 4 yrs ago (4/2/2019 UTC) at Restaurant VaSano (ex-Vapiano) in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland


il est en anglais mais peut-être qu'il intéresse un bookcrosseur romand?
Taking to the meeting tonight; if no one wants it, I'll take it to Mainz.

Well, it did come home with me, so will rerelease it in three weeks' time (starting to count the days!)

Released 4 yrs ago (4/26/2019 UTC) at Haus der Jugend - BC Convention 2019 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany


I hope someone will pick this up from the book buffet, to enjoy and pass on

Journal Entry 11 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Sunday, April 28, 2019
This has come with me yet again (is that a sign?) because no one picked it up from the book buffet even though I kept laying it down flat so people could see the lovely cover. There was no release walk and I didn't want to leave it to fate, so will take care of it until I find someone who'd like it. Such a good book.

Journal Entry 12 by over-the-moon at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Thursday, May 16, 2019
have lent it to a friend.

And now she's returned it so I'm going to release it in our very popular book box.

Released 4 yrs ago (7/13/2019 UTC) at Boîte à livres - Église du Valentin in Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland


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