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Ordinary resurrections : children in the years of hope

Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In a stirring departure from his earlier work, Jonathan Kozol has written his most personal and hopeful book to date, an energized and unexpected answer to the bleakness of Death at an Early Age, the classic that he published more than 30 years ago."
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kozol, Jonathan.
Ordinary resurrections.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©2000
(OCoLC)652212988
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Kozol
ISBN: 051770000X 9780517700006 9780770435677 077043567X
OCLC Number: 43083198
Awards: Winner of New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (Nonfiction) 2000
Winner of Christopher Awards (Books for Adults) 2001
Description: ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Jonathan Kozol.

Abstract:

"In a stirring departure from his earlier work, Jonathan Kozol has written his most personal and hopeful book to date, an energized and unexpected answer to the bleakness of Death at an Early Age, the classic that he published more than 30 years ago."

"Like his most recent book, Amazing Grace, this work also takes place in New York's South Bronx; but it is a markedly different book in mood and vantage point, because we see life this time through the eyes of children, not, as the author puts it, from the perspective of a grown-up man encumbered with a Harvard education.

Here, too, we see devoted teachers in a good but underfunded public elementary school that manages, against all odds, to be a warm, inviting, and protective place; and we see the children also in the intimate religious setting of a church in which they are watched over by the vigilant grandmothers of the neighborhood and by a priest whose ministry is, first and foremost, to the very young."

"A work of guarded optimism that avoids polemic and the fevered ideologies of partisan debate, Ordinary Resurrections is a book about the little miracles of stubbornly persistent innocence in children who are still unsoiled by the world and still can view their place within it without cynicism or despair."

"The author's personal involvement with specific children deepens as the narrative evolves. A Jewish man, now 63 years old, he finds his own religious speculations growing interwoven with the moral and religious explorations of the children, some of whom have been his friends for nearly seven years.

The children change, of course, from year to year as they learn more about the world; but the author is changed also by the generous and tender ways in which the children, step by step, unlock their secrets and unveil the mysteries of their belief to him."--Jacket.

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