‘* Note: The following is a book review I did of an acquaintance’s book,”Hiding in a Cave of Trunks.” Unfortunately, when I copied and pasted my review, as usual, it didn’t turn out looking nearly as nice as it looks on Goodreads.com, but it will do.
Hiding in a Cave of Trunks


 My book review of Esther Shifren’s “Hiding in a Cave of trunks”


Hiding in a Cave of Trunks

by Ester Benjamin Shifren

Hiding in a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family’s Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW camp.

Against an impressive historical background, China-born Ester Benjamin Shifren relates the saga of her family’s century-long existence in Shanghai, the city often referred to as “The Paris of the East,” and details the culture and tribulations of the colorful multi …more

Kindle Edition, 276 pages

Published December 4th 2012

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Oct 31, 2016

  My Book Review of Esther Schifren’s “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks”

Ester Shifren, highly gifted author, artist, poet, performer, musician, speaker and more, has been a fellow member of my California Writers Club for many years. I thought I knew her till I read her wonderfully written memoir and history book combined. Was blown away by her unique writing style and the depth of the material she presented.

Loved learning about her life as a Jew growing up in China during the World War II era. It was most inspiring to read how her family managed to survive almost three years of incarceration in China during that time period.

You have to read the book to know what I’m talking about. I will only say that I lost sleep reading Ester’s book far into the night. It was so interesting, fascinating, and beautifully written I couldn’t put it down.

I plan to read Ester’s historical memoir again at least one more time. Will also use it for ideas and a guide for writing my own memoirs. This book should be on High School and University required reading lists, as well as in every public library. Ester, you “made history” when you wrote your memoirs!





2 thoughts on “Review of Ester Shifren’s “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks”

  1. What a fabulous review! Thanks so much Stephany Spencer. I’m looking forward to reading your own memoir when completed and wish you luck and Godspeed to the finishing line. I’m sure it will be a great success.


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