By Emanuel Bergmann
In 1934, a rabbi’s son in Prague joins a touring circus, turns into a magician, and rises to repute less than the degree identify the good Zabbatini simply as Europe descends into international battle II. while Zabbatini is came across to be a Jew, his battered trunk jam-packed with magic methods turns into his basically desire of surviving the focus camp the place he's sent.
Seven a long time later in l. a., ten-year-old Max reveals a scratched-up LP that captured Zabbatini appearing his maximum methods. however the song during which Zabbatini plays his love spell—the spell Max believes will maintain his disintegrating relations together—is broken past fix. determined for an answer, Max seeks out the now aged, cynical magician and begs him to accomplish his magic on his mom and dad. because the increase an not likely friendship, Moshe discovers that Max and his kin have a shocking connection to the darkish, darkish days the good Zabbatini skilled in the course of the war.
Recalling the depression humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer and the heartbreaking pathos of the movie Life is Beautiful—this striking first novel is instantaneously an irreverent but deeply relocating tale a few younger boy who believes in magic and a disenchanted outdated guy who believes in not anything, in addition to a gripping and heartfelt story concerning the circle of life.