With A Lucky Life, distinguished Halifax pediatrician Richard Goldbloom has penned just such a book. In terms of general readability, it is Goldbloomâ€™s self-deprecating humour and joie de vivre that keep the pages turning.
There is also a particular appeal to the bookâ€™s cultural tone. A secular Jew, Goldbloom nonetheless â€œremains unalterably and proudly Jewish in other respects.â€ This includes the â€œtraditional Jewish way of thinking,â€ which places high value on family, education, humour and good foodâ€”all of which are highlighted in the book.
Yet other readers will enjoy the stories about â€œmedical cometsâ€ and gifted figures in the worlds of theatre and classical music. For all, Goldbloomâ€™s lively â€œrectrospectoscopeâ€ details a life rich in luck, love and endeavour.
A Lucky Life
by Richard B. Goldbloom
$29.95, hardcover, 302 pp.
Formac, October 2013