Book Reviews

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Crime Fiction, Jewish Fiction

Here’s what readers had to say about the book.

  • “It’s a great piece of satire and political allegory, with a crime noir style that is a perfect fit for a narrative spanning years of bloody conflict and infighting.” — Libertas Post
  • A History of the Middle Eastside is rife with violence, sex and Yiddishisms. It could be described, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner, as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp  Fiction meets Alex Kliner’s Menschenings.” —  The Jewish Independent
  • “European and Middle Eastern history is presented in novel form in Narvey’s work, beginning with what I take to be the Dreyfuss Affair of 1894, as witnessed by Theodore Herzl, founder of Zionism. Moving through the novel’s presentation of events set in fictional Manhattan gangwars, we see tough guy Gruber, (known to us not as Adolph Schicklegruber but as Adolph Hitler,) defeated; his rivals François, Big Ben, and Ivan, with the dedicated help of Washington, then vying for turf; Polanski, (whom I take to be Ze’ev Jabotinsky,) a refugee from the wars, showing up in the traditional Jewish ghetto of Manhattan’s Lower Eastside, here as The Middle Eastside, 1948. Thus begin the gangwars of survival “The Yids” must win– over and over again.” — No Dhimmitude



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