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Surreal eternity: A novel [Hardcover]

Gary Stewart Branfman

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: TurnKey Press; 1st ed edition (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0974003050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974003054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 6 July 2003
By Marriane Alvarado - Published on Amazon.com
A friend of mine said, 'Read this', and gave me a copy of Surreal Eternity during a recent airline flight. I expected 'just another romance novel'. Surreal Eternity is not that at all. Good thing it was a long enough flight to complete this 200 page novel (I flew to Venice). The 'Golden Rule' of 'Do unto others', was taken to new heights (get it?). The author uses the love between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man as his means to provide us with examples, provide lessons, and cause us to view life through wide-open eyes. Love, hatred, sex, disaster, and predudice are delved into and explored in an interesting and easy-to-read fasion.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tumultuous Awakening 5 July 2003
By Esther Monty - Published on Amazon.com
I expected Surreal Eternity to be just another love story. Boy, was I mistaking...It was so much more.
I am a Licenced Professional Counselor with a degree in psychology and a Master's degree. My grandfather was Jewish; My grandmother: Catholic.
I found myself totally engulfed in this fine work. Often times, mesmorized by Dr. Branfman's sensitivity. It felt like I was captivated within a movie theatre wathching a docudrama for days.
Dr. Branfman's deep insight into the characters psyches was impressive. His ability to paint an unbiased picture of mankind's extremes in all religious groups, and our potential for both good an evil provides us with lessons to learn and to live by. This book is a 'must read' for all students (and we are all students)particularly those interested in the dynamics of interfaith relationships. In a mere 200 pages, Surreal Eternity manages to cover love, hatred, bigotry, and open-mindedness in an eloquent manner. It has arrived at a time when our world needs and deserves more sensitivity and understanding. If this was his first novel, I can hardly wait for his next. Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL LOVE STORY 10 Aug 2003
By Lori - Published on Amazon.com
Are soulmates meant only for the sole purpose of each other's happiness? Could there be a greater purpose for the joining of lives? A purpose that could eventually save the lives of hundreds of people? That is what Gary Stewart Branfman has suggested in his book, "Surreal Eternity". I believe he has stated his case well. Carole is a Jewish widow and mother of two teenaged boys. She is the Chair "man" of the Board of a hospital in New York, her grandfather having started the clinic many years before. She lives in an estate on Long Island. Ha-med is an Arab widower, raising his daughter, Aneesa, with the help of his in-laws. His wife died in childbirth not long after he began working for a prestigious architecture firm in New York City. After five years of mourning her loss, in the gardens of the hospital where she died, he meets an angel. Aneesa is drawn to the beautiful woman, as is Ha-med, and the soulmates recognize each other. Ha-med is the head architect for the hospital's renovations. He has earned this honor, and we learn how goodwill has helped him to achieve this goal. Throughout the story, we learn through flashbacks of Ha-med's life and Carole's, the circumstances that drew them together all along. The author gives insight into these two different cultural backgrounds, through family history and the history of a cruel world. More than that, he gives insight into the true purpose of our ancient religious leader's words. It matters not what religion we follow, so long as the end result is the same...Do unto others as you would have done unto you. There are lessons here for those who need them. Conflicts over religious differences, ignorance, and closed minds are overcome or at least worked through. The characters are strong and represent wisdom through their actions that we can only hope the majority of the world possess. The author's use of a character's history gives depth to the story, to the character's persona and lends substance to the entire novel. The plot is intricate and an example of how fate works its wonders, but proving that we rarely actually understand how synchronicity affects our lives. The plot also demonstrates how our lives affect the lives of so many others, often without our knowledge. On the lighter side, this is a wonderful love story that includes all aspects of family life, from the innocence of a child's understanding of love, to the passion of the honeymoon suite. "Surreal Eternity" is a very well done novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cacophony of danger and action 18 July 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The debut novel of Gary Stewart Branfman, Surreal Eternity is the thoughtful and thought-provoking story of two people, each of whom has lost their beloved spouse far too early. A Jewish woman and an Arab architect must each strive to cope with handling their children without help from a beloved partner, and when their destines are drawn together, a cacophony of danger and action threaten all they know and love. Surreal Eternity is commended as a burning and impressionable story of love and adjustment amidst the whirlwind crush of deadly events backdropping the Israeli/Arab tensions in the West Bank.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do Unto Others..." 6 July 2003
By A grandmother of fourteen grandchildren - Published on Amazon.com
My daughter,(a registered nurse), gave me a copy of 'Surreal Eternity'. (Incidentally, I am the mother of seven; grandmother of fourteen; and during the window of opportunity between childbirth and grandchildren, I received my bachelors degree in Social Work).
I suggest all my family members read this book. The smooth, articulate way in which Dr. Branfman manages to provide wisdom while covering many pertinent, controversial, and current topics in his short novel is fascinating. Although it is labeled as,'fiction', many situations, places, and anecdotes appear to have historical significance. The smooth transitions from past to present, and from The West Bank to New York are cinema-like. The underlying theme of Surreal Eternity is: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". We can all benefit from hearing this over and over.
My only criticism of Surreal Eternity is that it could have been longer. I look foreword to the movie!
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