Reviewed by TONY BAER:


MICHAEL GOLD – Jews Without Money. Horace Liveright, hardcover, 1930.  Reprinted numerous times.

   This one is about life on the lower east side at the turn of the 20th century. Episodic. Short chapters, with shorter paragraphs, each describing an incident in the tenements or the streets: gang fights, prostitution, disease, love, and death, each in equal doses. Meanwhile, thru the incidents, Michael Gold grows up, radicalized by the elements.


   It was pretty good. Gold’s only ‘novel’ and it’s easy to see why. He gives you the recollections of his youth. And an author can only give you this once. No matter how many times they try.