"On Friday, 12th June, I woke up at six o' clock and no wonder; it was my birthday"
"In those days cheap apartments were almost impossible to find in Manhattan, so I had to move to Brooklyn."
"In Poland's deepest autumn, a tall young man in an expensive overcoat, double-breasted dinner jacket beneath it and - in the lapel of the dinner jacket - a large ornamental gold-on-black enamel ..."
"In the second half of the 1960s I traveled repeatedly from England to Belgium, partly for study purposes, partly for other reasons which were never entirely clear to me, staying sometimes for just..."
"A liberty boat full of sleep hung-over sailors came clanging alongside the U.S.S. Northhampton, and a stocky captain in dress whites jumped out to the accommodation ladder."
"They called him Moshe the Beadle, as though he had never had a surname in his life."