on March 9, 2013 :
Review by: Regina Moynihan on March 9,2013
After reading this fasinating biography,I felt that I personally knew Robert Salomon. I was taken on a journey with an idealistic person trying to live in a period that spaned the Spanish Civil War, World War I, the Hitler crazed World War II years, and the Cuban Revolution.
This book should be required reading for any student of history, particularly those interested in this violent period of time. Salomon's experiences give the reader insights that I doubt would be found elsewhere. Through it all, his subtle humor is an offset to the most horrible and dreary aspects of those unsettled times.
I have recommended this outstanding biography to many of my friends.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Feb. 28, 2013 :
I enjoy reading Roberto Salomon`s book and I just want to express the feeling of serenity experimented doing it. Roberto suffers close to 20 jail "inspections" and all kind of forced displacements and penuries but he menages to translate it to us quietly. His chelo, the constant meeting of known people and his always present family contribute to this effect.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Feb. 14, 2013 :
This is a beautifully written and translated book about a remarkable, courageous man who was able to survive Nazi persecution. For anyone interested in this terrible period of history, this book is a must. I cannot imagine being able to cope given the horrible circumstances in which he found himself.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 14, 2013 :
Review by Marvin Schulman
I could not put this book down and read until my eyes were blurred. This man who had the gift of gab with those enemies of the human race who made him "The inspector of prisons" had an incredable love of life and the stamana to stand up to the many problems that someone with the name of Soloman ran into in Nazi Germany. I recommend it to any thinking individual. Thanks to Gene Soloman who told me about it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 12, 2013 :
This book was recommended to me by my daughter. Robert's intelligence, musical talent, knowledge of several languages, cunning and wit allowed him to escape so many extreme obstacles during a tragic period in history, in order to be reunited with his family. I found it exciting and interesting from one escapade or imprisonment to another, and didn't want to put it down. Thankfully, Robert decided to write his life story, which was meant to be shared. And thank you Laura for recommending it to me.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Jan. 3, 2013 :
The book spans almost 60 years o author’s Robert Salomon’s life, taking him from his native Germany, Spain, France and Cuba thru World War I, World War II, The Spanish Revolution and finally the Cuban Revolution.
In order to protect and defend his family, himself, his religious convictions, his political beliefs and social justice he suffered persecution, imprisonment, poverty and numerous life threatening situations. A consummate, loving father, musician, philosopher, businessman and a polyglot with a keen sense of humour, he used his incredible skills to stay alive, to protect his family and to help friends and complete strangers.
The book is well written and contains sometime unknown historical facts about major events of the 20th century
I thoroughly enjoyed and strongly recommend Walking and Wondering: Living under the Sign of the Cross in the Shadow of the Swastika
Bernard L. Cayen
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 2, 2013 :
This is an amazing story. I had the opportunity to have previously read this book and am purchasing another copy to share with a friend. This book should be made into a movie! Robert is quite an amazing man. If I did not know better I would never have thought this story was non fiction. It seems almost impossible that a man could have lived and narrowly escaped death so many times. It is unbelievable how he managed through his cunning and intellect to stay alive and eventually reunite with his family. I would love to have spoken to him and shared his thoughts. I would recommmended this book to everyone!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
This book deserves a contract with a much bigger publisher. The story is breathtaking, daring, clever, and funny. This was an amazing person and I understand fully why the family felt the need to tell his story. I read straight through the book and couldn't put it down. It could use a professional editor's talents to smooth out some rough patches in wording, but none of that detracts from the drama and joy of the story. I have passed this story on to friends, and I recommend it to others. Good luck to this family in getting their story out. "The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to stay within the realm of the probable."-Mark Twain. This is almost an unbelievable story. At the end, I wish I could have met Mr. Salomon.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)