Real Cie Reviews: The Way We Were Before

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.
The following is a duplicate of my review for this product on Amazon.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

This well-written autobiography tells the story of Rico, a 13-year-old Romanian Jew growing up in post-World War II Israel. Rico is, for the most part, left to his own devices. His parents are absorbed in their own lives. His mother enjoys playing cards with her friends. His father is a merchant marine who sometimes drinks too much and has a bad temper.
One day, Rico's father takes him to the Kibbutz Sha’ar HaGolan and introduces him to his half-brother Natan (Nelu), who is two years older. Rico learns about his father's previous relationship and meets Nelu's relatives, who welcome him.
As he grows up, Rico learns many lessons about life, love, and betrayal. He learns to box, a skill which will serve him well, but combined with his own temper also briefly lands him in jail at base camp for taking on a bully. Throughout everything, Nelu remains a steady and constant force in his life.
From moments of youthful joy to unimaginable loss, the author is honest about himself and his experiences. This powerful story about a time gone by is well worth reading.



  1. Thank you.
    I do like stories like this - have a huge weakness for memoirs, biographies and autobiographies. Not to mention diaries.


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