Portraits
Cynthia Freeman
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Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM By Cynthia Freeman

The captivating chronicle of four generations of the Sandonitsky family immigrants from a Polish ghetto This is the powerful drama of their struggle to achieve the American dream without losing their spiritual hreitage as success drives them westward to Oakland, California A complelling novel about human needs, passions and conflicts which reach tempestuous heights.
  • Title: Portraits
  • Author: Cynthia Freeman
  • ISBN: 9780553196443
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Korey Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Sigh. The torture of a book that's not quite bad enough to abandon but not good enough to enjoy. I read all 677 pages of this based on what I believed it could and should have been, not what it actually was. Not my best decision from a time management perspective. I think Freeman had some good ideas but lacked the talent to execute them. Her writing is totally pedestrian. She has no flare for language. A lot of the dialogue is corny and clumsily expository. Even though this is a long book, a lot [...]
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Bani M Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
A lot changes throughout the course of this book. My first impression and last impression could not be more different. First impressions were good. The first 200 pages were quite solid- a diverse bunch of characters with interesting backgrounds. Jacob's childhood experiences in particular were thrilling and touching to read about. So were Sara's. They're both likable, earnest characters who devolve into bitterly miserable and unreasonable caricatures.Their daughters, in turn, start off pretty li [...]
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Tiffany S Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I am a HUGE fan of 'historical fiction' and all books even slightly within that genre. I LOVED Portraits. It spans over 50 years and was big, thick, and juicy. I read wicked fast so any book that is GOOD and has a lot of pages makes me ONE VERY happy woman!
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Ruth Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
C1980: Fabulous generational saga. This review says it all, really – “"An intriguing rags-to-riches tale of an immigrant Jewish family in America Freeman has demonstrated her narrative gifts in previous works and proves them once again in this four-generation novel with its varied characters and lively plot and nostalgic settings." --San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle” Inspirational when you think that Ms Freeman started her writing career at the age of 55! Cynthia Freeman is actually he [...]
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Joyce Xiu Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
It was a long read but it filled the dull hours of my days. I loved how Freeman managed to narrate the life of a four generation family. When I am nearing the end, I would stop sometimes and realize how I actually watched everyone grow before my eyes. Jacob was just a little boy before but then he's a man with grandchildren now. It's like I became immortal and witnessed the life of everyone in that family. I loved every piece of it. The emotions that this book evoked in me is so wonderful. Thank [...]
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Isabelle Decher Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Enjoyed - Jewish family immigrated to US. Story passes on to children & Grandchildren.Tells of their struggles and their finding wealth but not happiness. Their children and grandchildren take many different paths. Some find wealth & happiness and some don't find either. Very interesting reading.
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Mackie Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I loved this book! Cynthia Freeman is a master at writing characters that you want to know or feel like you already do. This book begins with a Jewish lady immigrating to the U.S. in the late 1800's. She tells the story of 4 generations of this family ending in around the 1960's. I didn't want it to end!
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Lauren Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I love this book!! I saved it out of the library trash bin since it couldn't be sold at their used book sale. It really wraps you into the family drama and life over the generations. I read this book usually every year on vacation. Great beach and rainy/lazy day companion!
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Betty Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I loved this book. It is a family saga covering five generations of a Jewish family. The major characters are very well developed. I always enjoy Cynthia Freeman's books, but this has been my favorite.
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Cindy Martino Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Another great book by cynthia freemanI think I've read them all.is was really good it was about three generations read
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Nori Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
really enjoyed the book, thanks Mackie for suggesting it!
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Sonja Brose Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Her best book. Have had my copy since I was 18 which is 18 years ago. Truly a beautiful story
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Diane Wachter Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Portraits, Cynthia Freeman, PB-B, @ 81, 1983. A rags to riches novel about a Jewish family coming to America. Okay.
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Tracy Tibbels Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
This took a long time for me to read--a little over three weeks, and I'm usually a quick reader. But it was VERY involved--great character development! I really enjoyed it!!!
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Suzanne Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I loved Ms. Freeman's multi-generational sagas when I was entering the adult reading world.
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Carrie Yankello Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
One of my all time favorite books. Have read it 4 times
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Linda Koski Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
A book from my youth But this lady lured me in so well and removed "big" books from my list of intimidations.
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Ashlie Gerber Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I thought this book was beautiful. It is the story of a family through its many generations. I related to the characters from the first chapter. It was a beautiful story of life, love, and tragedy.
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Sharon Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
This was just an entertaining read that kept you wondering how the family would deal with the overbearing mother. It was over 800 pages and a very heavy book to hold. I did like it.
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Linda Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
A good Jewish family saga.
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Stephanie Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Loving this. Totally addicted its like reality tv but in a book. 4 generations of families and their kids & their jobs etc. LOVING IT! Just found out theres a follow up
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Suzanne Michelle Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
I think this was the longest book I ever read n I enjoyed it
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Jami Collier Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
read this years ago.w it today in a used book store family saga!
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Ann Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Great readLoved it, a definite page turner. Just a bit long. But in the end, could not put it down .
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Peggy Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
4th one, I think I really like this one
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Mom Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
Love historical fiction!
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Anna Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
This is my best friends fav so i read it, I have nothing in common with these characters but i am entralled. I read the book one ever two years.
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Linda Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
A Long Long Family SagaI enjoyed this book from the beginning. I got caught up in the hardships, hard decisions, Jewish culture. I had no idea it would be such a long story, perhaps a series would have suited it better. About 2/3 into the book I thought, are all those Jewish stereotypes true? Sara's behavior became so irritating in that way. Toward the end I felt some of it forced and unrealistic but I had to follow it through. I'd become too attached. It's worth the read, but be prepared for th [...]
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Monica Feb 23, 2019 - 12:23 PM
This book was awful. There wasn't a single likeable character. The same story was told over and over and over again. Go on a date, immediately fall in love and agree to marriage, marriage fails. I only kept reading in hopes of redemption, there was none. This family is awful, cruel, spineless, pathetic, sad. I do not recommend.
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Portraits By Cynthia Freeman The captivating chronicle of four generations of the Sandonitsky family immigrants from a Polish ghetto This is the powerful drama of their struggle to achieve the American dream without losing their spiritual hreitage as success drives them westward to Oakland, California A complelling novel about human needs, passions and conflicts which reach tempestuous heights.

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