Saturday, April 13, 2013
Book Review: THE DIBBUK BOX by Jason Haxton
THE DIBBUK BOX
by Jason Haxton
Published by Truman State University Press
If you saw the 2012 film, THE POSSESSION, then you are already somewhat familiar with the topic discussed in the book, THE DIBBUK BOX. That film was based on real events, and the real events are all laid out in detail in this book by Jason Haxton. Here is a description of the book from the Truman State University Press website:
A series of eerie events slowly unfolds when a wine cabinet sells at an estate sale in Oregon. It is soon sold and resold on eBay’s Internet auction, and each new owner becomes desperate to get rid of the box along with the health problems, accidents, or death they claim came with it.
Jason Haxton, the curator of a medical museum in a small Missouri town, learns of the mysterious cabinet and is intrigued by it as an artifact to be studied and researched. He places a bid on eBay and soon finds himself the proud owner of the dibbuk box. But as he carefully investigates and records everything he can about this unusual item said to be possessed by a Jewish spirit, Haxton discovers far more than he bargained for. In this true account, a dark story comes to light—a story that began at the time of the Holocaust and seems to have come full circle.
This is one of the best books I have read based on true accounts. Haxton's writing style is very easy to read and his story telling skills really keep you involved in this book. If you don't believe in these supernatural type events, you might have a different outlook after reading this. Some of the stories told in this book are amazing and sound like something out of a movie. To think these events really happened is very remarkable. It is no wonder a movie was made about this subject.
The author does an amazing job of chronicling all the steps he took in the study of this box. He includes e-mail transcripts, phone-interviews , and other personal accounts he had with a wide variety of people who were associated with the box at different points along the box's journey. The box changed hands on many accounts, and the book tells you of each account and why the owner decided to get rid of the box. It baffles me that someone would want to buy this box, even after hearing all that happened to the previous owners, but people are very curious and very skeptical that it could "happen to them", but as you will read, it happened to each and every person that owned this dreadful collector's item.
I highly recommend THE DIBBUK BOX. It is a great read and a worthy collection to your personal library.
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