Streets of Gold

Streets of Gold

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552119636
  • 9780552119634

Review Text

A long-playing account of Immigrant America on the way up out of the melting pot to walk those streets of gold (Mr. Hunger can stare down any cliche - in fact repeats them often) from the time when (1910) the grandfather of Ike, more formally known as Ignazio Silvio Di Palermo, sailed past that "Give me your tired, your poor" inscription and entered the U.S. via Ellis Island. Not only growing up poor in uptown New York, Ike also grew up blind - since birth (the "Evil Eye?") but that didn't stop what he would become (he minimized the disability - so does Hunter) - namely a great jazz pianist (no, not George Shearing) once he threw out his Czerny and Chopin - from "toilet" bars in the Bronx to the Village by the mid '40's to No. I success in the '50's. And then there's his declining marriage to Rebecca, and their three boys, and finally an end to all that - career and fame - in a story which seemed destined to go on forever or a 472 page approximation thereof even if it's moved along with a certain schmalz cum schmerz. Expectable and forgivable in a commercial writer like Evan Hunter until you get to the author's envoi - "So, little book. . . . Good-bye. I hope you are a big success. This is America, don't forget," How can anyone at this time? (Kirkus Reviews)show more