This was a fascinating and oftentimes painful read. In a series of letters to his late adopted son, Gough recounts stories from his own life. You get a good sense of how Gough became the man he was and is. Some parts are painful because Gough is so open and honest about his perceived inability to better connect with his son. One person found this helpful.
A fascinating story of the troubled relationship between father and adopted son. Heartbreaking and brutally honest, but elegantly and sensitively written. No sloppy sentimentality to be found anywhere. Kerry Gough's creative format of imaginary letters to his deceased son lends great credibility to this tale of a family's relentless turmoil, brought on from the best of intentions. Well written - in some ways, a difficult read. Interesting insight into the family dynamics.
The scars left on little ones in their very early years don't always heal, no matter how much love and opportunities are given. A case for more open communication. Loved every word of this book.
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Growing up in the 60's and 70's, I enjoyed reading about another person's true experience. Being a parent, my heart goes out to Kerry Gough. In the easiest of situations, parenting is never easy. For this family, it was hard work every day. You will relate to every page of this book. A candid and moving read. I highly recommend it.
It is not an easy read because one of the twins, Jeff, had serious emotional problems that led to numerous confrontations. Gough attempts to reconcile and understand his feelings of guilt over his inability to successfully help Jeff deal with his difficulties. This eliminated any possibility of closure and created the lingering guilt that more could have been done.
Mr Gough has dealt with this lack of closure in a series of letters to Jeff written thirty years after his death. Gough tries to understand their relationship both in terms of what they were going through together and what he himself experienced growing up and later as a civil rights lawyer who went to Mississippi in to help integrate the schools. It makes for an emotionally compelling story. Gough and his wife to help him. By writing Dear Jeff he has found closure and proven once again that one can never accomplish a difficult task without taking a risk. See all 9 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It was hard answering the questions here, because there were both surprises and twists; it was dark, nostalgic, hopeful, sometimes light-hearted and sometimes suspenseful. However, I came away from it feeling that I had learned much more about the Holocaust when viewed through the eyes of a number of family members who had different reactions.
I also found it to be a book I couldn't put down. Don't expect it to leap immediately into the horrors of the Holocaust.
It unwinds gradually, allowing you to better understand how it all could have happened and how it played out in multiple locations. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Jeff has done a terrific job of creating dialog and situations around the factual history of his family that bring all of them to life. The book is spellbinding and it should make those of us that have had the good fortune of being born into this country very grateful for our many blessings.
I am happy to highly recommend this book to everyone, especially the younger generations who might gain from what has happened in the past an understanding of what could happen again if we are not careful. Jeff Ingber puts to paper a very important first-person history that is a must read now and to be passed down to future generations. The attention to detail, perspective and true passion come through in each story and letter from his very brave and beautiful family. Highly recommended for any library. For decades I have counted Holocaust survivors and their children among my friends.
Religion was never a barrier between me and my Jewish friends. Pretty good for a goy, huh? For the first time in my life I see that there has always been a barrier between me and my Jewish friends, even those whose families have been here for generations.
And I accept it. This is another very important book for those wanting to learn even more about the trials and tragedies that happened to people of the Jewish faith during World War II. Even though the dialog between family members is fiction, the book is based on letters written by the author's father. I have read a number of books based on this horrible time in history and each one is so upsetting. To know the horror and fear that people lived through is overwhelming.
I found myself needing to put the book down, as sometimes the "darkness" was too much for me. I can't imagine being strong enough to overcome some of their obstacles. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review. It has taken me a week to figure out how I want to review this book. You know when you read a book that really affects you, well Bela's Letters was that way for me. I was enthralled from the first page and I had a hard time putting it down.
It is a big book, almost pages but well worth the read. You do not have to be a history buff either to enjoy this book, written as historical fiction but based on letters from the Ingber family to each other. Through these letters and added dialogue, we learn of the family and each of the large family.
It takes place starting in the late 30's and goes through until the death of Bela. The Soviet invasion of Poland was a Soviet military operation that started without a formal declaration of war. A lot of the Soviet's POW's were forced to defend them and because most of them were Jews, they were expected to fight but were not given guns. Living conditions were poor, people died of starvation and diseases and then came the Germans, who herded all of the Jews that they could find, women, men, old and young off to the concentration camps, Auschwitz, Buchenwald and the worst one of them was Bergen-Belsen.
We all know and learned what happened at these camps, horrible mass murders, and other atrocities. If you have any doubt that these things happened, read this book. This book is not only about the deaths and capture of the Ingber family but also a book about courage, love, respect and being Jewish.
Some of the family died in the camps but some did survive and were able to leave Europe and move to the America, mostly in New York. A family that was dysfunctional like any family but who also had the courage to overcome the atrocities of war. I found it fascinating how many letters were written amongst the extended family. Definitely a heartbreaking story, I think more moving than the Diary of Anne Frank. Even in the worst of times, the love in a family can and does survive.
I think that this is a story that everyone should read. I received a copy of the book for review purposes. One person found this helpful. See all 32 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 7 months ago. Published 1 year ago. The memories and twists and turns of