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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is not one of those stories where one says, as the author tells it, “Oh! That reminds me,” and bores some poor soul with its narration. The book begins with a quote from Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything,” presumably propelling the author to say what he says. Put to work by SS soldiers, made to strip jewels, including their golden teeth, from the bodies of Jewish victims, staying alive became a full time job involving much skill. The author details how he experienced the ending of the Second World War, the retreat of the Germans, his involvement with national reconstruction efforts, and finally emigrating to Canada for a new start in life. All events stand out, his experiences with the aboriginal Canadian Indians, the friendship with a Scottish family having two girls and falling in love with one of them to wed and bed, saving electricity by ironing only the visible portion of a shirt, and a horde of topics of contemporary interest, like euthanasia, cloning or the school curriculum. This book also offers a good discussion on controversial topics, like overdoing political correctness, global warming, or trade balance.
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is a thorough book. I could not find a matter of contemporary interest not covered by the author. Touching on all sides of human transactions and affinities, and giving due attention to the changing environment, this book is a welcome addition to our literary wealth, especially about the topics we generally take for granted, are uncomfortable with, or that are contentious.