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THE VIBRANCY OF MEMORIES SHINES in the reflective eye of ninetysomething Elliot Schubert. In The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian, Schubert reminds us that we are nothing without our thoughts of the past, and that the hands of time move ever onward - whether we like it or not. His stories, overflowing with love and humor, touch both hear THE VIBRANCY OF MEMORIES SHINES in the reflective eye of ninetysomething Elliot Schubert. In The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian, Schubert reminds us that we are nothing without our thoughts of the past, and that the hands of time move ever onward - whether we like it or not. His stories, overflowing with love and humor, touch both heart and mind with insights that cut across ages. Whether you are a millennial, a Generation-Xer, or a traveler from the Age of Aquarius, you'll find uplifting glimpses into the human condition here - in this resonant and joyful celebration of a long life lived. The Time of Our Lives echoes those chimes of the heart that defy the inexorable tread of minutes and years. AFTER MY DAD took early retirement in 1983 to fulfill my mom's lifelong dream of living in California, he turned his creative energies and professional writing skills to chronicling a life that spanned the experiences of late nineteenth century refugees from Eastern Europe, the Depression, the Second World War, the Golden Age of the Fifties and Sixties, and the looming clouds of the Seventies and Eighties. With my dad's prodigious memory and eye for detail, the stories gradually evolved from pure recollection to finely crafted allegories of the human condition. His singular intuitive ability to connect various events lent a unique and intricate texture to the stories.The present collection reflects the blend of truth and fantasy that is pivotal to my dad's persona. Some of the stories have only a passing relationship to reality. He and my mom really did leave their beloved cockatiel behind as described in "The Bird and I" and "Nice N' Easy," but they dealt with its subsequent despondency in less drastic ways. "The Jordans," a morality tale of sex and religion, stems from my dad's reveries after intimate lunchtime revelations by a colleague. "The Miracle of St. Peter's," a parable on a similar theme, came to my dad as he was visiting the basilica in Rome. "The Inheritance" is an alternate take on his aunt, who lived to the age of one hundred and was a rock of stability in a talented but mercurial family. "Barnaby's Grandson" is a whimsical look at my dad's longing for second-generation progeny.The events of our lives transform the past, and the role of storytelling, whatever its measure of objective truth, is to heighten our awareness of eternity in the fleeting perceptions of daily experience. I hope that this collection will brighten and deepen your days in that very special way. Ken Schubert Ekerö, Sweden


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THE VIBRANCY OF MEMORIES SHINES in the reflective eye of ninetysomething Elliot Schubert. In The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian, Schubert reminds us that we are nothing without our thoughts of the past, and that the hands of time move ever onward - whether we like it or not. His stories, overflowing with love and humor, touch both hear THE VIBRANCY OF MEMORIES SHINES in the reflective eye of ninetysomething Elliot Schubert. In The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian, Schubert reminds us that we are nothing without our thoughts of the past, and that the hands of time move ever onward - whether we like it or not. His stories, overflowing with love and humor, touch both heart and mind with insights that cut across ages. Whether you are a millennial, a Generation-Xer, or a traveler from the Age of Aquarius, you'll find uplifting glimpses into the human condition here - in this resonant and joyful celebration of a long life lived. The Time of Our Lives echoes those chimes of the heart that defy the inexorable tread of minutes and years. AFTER MY DAD took early retirement in 1983 to fulfill my mom's lifelong dream of living in California, he turned his creative energies and professional writing skills to chronicling a life that spanned the experiences of late nineteenth century refugees from Eastern Europe, the Depression, the Second World War, the Golden Age of the Fifties and Sixties, and the looming clouds of the Seventies and Eighties. With my dad's prodigious memory and eye for detail, the stories gradually evolved from pure recollection to finely crafted allegories of the human condition. His singular intuitive ability to connect various events lent a unique and intricate texture to the stories.The present collection reflects the blend of truth and fantasy that is pivotal to my dad's persona. Some of the stories have only a passing relationship to reality. He and my mom really did leave their beloved cockatiel behind as described in "The Bird and I" and "Nice N' Easy," but they dealt with its subsequent despondency in less drastic ways. "The Jordans," a morality tale of sex and religion, stems from my dad's reveries after intimate lunchtime revelations by a colleague. "The Miracle of St. Peter's," a parable on a similar theme, came to my dad as he was visiting the basilica in Rome. "The Inheritance" is an alternate take on his aunt, who lived to the age of one hundred and was a rock of stability in a talented but mercurial family. "Barnaby's Grandson" is a whimsical look at my dad's longing for second-generation progeny.The events of our lives transform the past, and the role of storytelling, whatever its measure of objective truth, is to heighten our awareness of eternity in the fleeting perceptions of daily experience. I hope that this collection will brighten and deepen your days in that very special way. Ken Schubert Ekerö, Sweden

37 review for The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian. Not only does the reader share Elliot Schubert's memories of an amazing life, but one also feels like they are on a first person travel tour through ninety years of history. Instead of historical fiction which I love, I was exposed to historical fact. Schubert described his his desire to serve his country against those whose goal was the destruction of the American way of life. He was conflicted I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Time of Our Lives: Memories and Fantasies of a Blissful Nonagenarian. Not only does the reader share Elliot Schubert's memories of an amazing life, but one also feels like they are on a first person travel tour through ninety years of history. Instead of historical fiction which I love, I was exposed to historical fact. Schubert described his his desire to serve his country against those whose goal was the destruction of the American way of life. He was conflicted about placing himself in the direct line of fire and detested violence. He chose to put his misgivings aside and defended his country in the Navy. (page 64) The author shared his struggle with confronting his father's illness. He described his father in these words. "The thirty pounds he had lost left his face gaunt, cheeks and eyes sunken. His head was covered by a short, gray stubble. His clothes hung on a boy frame as he staggered around the apartment, using the furniture to maintain his balance." Schubert empathized with ". . . this irritable, impatient, and irrational man who had grown old overnight". (page 100) One of Schubert's stories tells of his close relationship with his Aunt Rose. She suffered from anorexia during a time when it wasn't well-known. It was also a time when the ravages of secondhand smoke were rarely in the public eye. Rose was described as a ". . . woman who survived on a steady diet of love, kindness, and beauty . . ." (page 110) This book is written with so much empathy and compassion. I identified with the author's description of parents who existed in a marriage filled with many conflicts. After his dad's death his mom ". . . murmured, 'I wish your father was still here.'" (page 106) This emotion though unimaginable was common in marriages of the past and is common in long-lasting marriages today. I was amazed throughout the book at Schubert's emotional intelligence considering the fact he had a PhD in chemistry and worked in that field for thirty-five years. Animal lovers will be touched by the vignettes of Sari the cockatiel. (pages 134-142) The Time of Our Lives is one of those quick reads because the reader doesn't want to put it down. I recommend it highly!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lexie Lucas

    I received this as a winner of a goodreads giveaway, and really enjoyed this cute and sweet read. I found myself nostalgic for times and places I have never been. Snippets of Schubert's childhood and his military and science career are broken up into delightful little chunks. I found the small anecdotes about other people slightly confusing because it offered no background on who they were, but they were also short and always had a clear, positive message of love and tolerance. I found his cute I received this as a winner of a goodreads giveaway, and really enjoyed this cute and sweet read. I found myself nostalgic for times and places I have never been. Snippets of Schubert's childhood and his military and science career are broken up into delightful little chunks. I found the small anecdotes about other people slightly confusing because it offered no background on who they were, but they were also short and always had a clear, positive message of love and tolerance. I found his cute stories of his wife and childhood both funny and heartwarming, my favorite being his story of when he first met his wife, who challenged him to a game of ping pong. I also liked that he addressed his own biases and how he tries to address them when he's confronted with them. He wasn't scared to show his imperfections, and it makes him more human in the process. He also addresses his experiences with antisemitism during his childhood and in his adult life. He doesn't let it stop him as he pursues a successful career and life. I think this book is a heartwarming read that everyone will find enjoyable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This by definition is not an autobiography. Elliot Schubert focuses on family relationships as he tells snippets about his family, his marriage, and life growing up in Chicago. Readers will be able to empathize with the mixture of gentle humor and heart wrenching stories. I received this book through a LibraryThing giveaway. Although encouraged, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I enjoyed reading this book. The short stories and memories of the author were fun to read. At times I felt like I was there with him at baseball games or playing cards. I will be sharing the book with others so they too can enjoy it.

  5. 5 out of 5

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