Why continue to live?
In this book, rosenbaum has captured some incredible reflection on the concept of suicide. while the book is ostensibly about the holocaust, wrapped in a fairy tale of kabbalistic spirituality, rosenbaum's story, is only a vehicle. it is the mode by which he transmits so many thoughts and feelings on why people should go on with life, philosophically, not just biologically. starting with several holocaust survivors who committed suicide, rosenbaum investigates the reasons why they might have done so. one would think that after auschwitz, buchenwald or bergen-belson, life would be a virtual cakewalk. nothing could possibly be as bad as that again. and as a general class, that is true. yet, there is a small component of holocaust survivors, who eventually decide that they can no longer live with the memory of what they saw, and eventually take their own life. and not surprisingly, a high percentage of them are artists, poets and writers, the people who would be most susceptible to feeling the pain of others and themselves. in crafting his book, rosenbaum illustrates many reasons to live. and he equally poses many questions about life. but in some respects, he does manage to find reasons to live, which are undeniable, if not difficult to accept sometimes. as an added bonus, rosenbaum's descriptions of midtown manhattan are some of the best present day representations of the area i have ever read in my life. since he teaches at fordham law school, he would be quite familiar with 59th st. & broadway. the incredible precision of his pictures of manhattan are truly picturesque and artistic. rosenbaum has succeeded in creating a truly wonderful work that handles difficult life subjects with great aplomb. it is recommended to those who think about life and the meaning therein.