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Rsonal account of an extraordinary people Yoors tells the real story of the Gypsies' fascinating customs and their neverending struggle to survive as free nomads in a hostile worl. I first found this book in the Seventies on the bookshelves of Weiser s in NYC I lent the paperback to a friend who never returned it because he fell in love with it too It is still my favorite and the most beautifully written book I ve ever read After reading it I felt so sympathetic to their peopleculture that I joined The Gypsy Lore Society of which I am still a member I m glad the book is available in print again

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Raveled with them from country to country shared both their pleasures and their hardships and came to know them as no one no outsider ever has Here in this firsthand and highly pe. This book is written as a protest against oblivion as a cry of love for this race of strangers who have lived among us for centuries and remained apart With this poetic beginning Jan Yoors tells us the story of his life as he left his family to join a new family among the Rom commonly called Gypsies For the most part we gaje non Gypsies in their language only know the most minimal stereotypes about this culture fortunetelling women swarthy bandana wearing people in covered wagons who play pranks the fiddle and according to many myths kidnap non Gypsy children Even in the Renaissance fair circuit in the USA those who dress as gypsies know very little about the real Gypsy culture What Jan Yoors does in his book is pull away the curtain and show us the life of a Rom family on the road joining at the age of 12 and traveling with them through World War II And he does it as one of their people not some potentially dry anthropologist or even someone who creates a romanticized cookie cutter vision To Yoors his family led by the elder Pulika are individuals who live their lives like any of us would just in a very different fashion We learn about how the process of arranged marriages and the negotiations involved about fortunetelling being the province of Rom women and how Pulika s group or kumpania connect with the non Gypsies for business and pleasure No doubt there are aspects of Gypsy culture that many of us would find negative The concept of purity being one of them especially with regards to women Long story short women are considered impure from the waist down so say their skirts touch the chain of a wagon it would need to be replaced Don t worry ladies using the bathroom is also considered impure to the point Gypsy guys have to go check on the horses in a group because people who go out alone are assumed to be using the bathroom and it s wrong for a person to have other people think that s what they re doing because it s dirty as an American guy Hey I need to hit the restroom come with me is weird Yoors presents these aspects of Gypsy life fully realizing that his audience may be outraged or weirded out by these but rather than just have a knee jerk reaction like they must be total chauvinists Yoors takes a thoughtful and realistic approach to this trying to understand how these cultural aspects developed in the case of women and the purity issue he brings up the point of menstruation and living in very close conditions with very little privacy and points out how Rom women use this to their benefit such as getting some privacy and in one case using it to drive other Gypsies away And he does it from a loving perspective there s no doubt his love for the Rom is deep and sincere but he also does not put them on a pedestal Because of this The Gypsies becomes a story about individual lives lived in the backdrop of a culture and an overall enriching tale I mark this book under my history shelf because not only does the book focus on the Gypsies but their interactions with mainstream European culture gives a rare presentation on Europe as the Nazis rise to power and Europe begins to slide into war He discusses how the Gypsies were brutally victimized during the war with over half a million of their people slaughtered and how the Rom tried to adapt to the situations All in all this book is a loving well written story I don t know if Jan Yoors is still alive but if he isn t I hope there were Rom at his funeral weeping and tearing at themselves the way they do when others of their family pass away O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, us for centuries and remained apart With this poetic beginning Jan Yoors tells One for My Baby us the story of his life as he left his family to join a new family among the Rom commonly called Gypsies For the most part we gaje non Gypsies in their language only know the most minimal stereotypes about this culture fortunetelling women swarthy bandana wearing people in covered wagons who play pranks the fiddle and according to many myths kidnap non Gypsy children Even in the Renaissance fair circuit in the USA those who dress as gypsies know very little about the real Gypsy culture What Jan Yoors does in his book is pull away the curtain and show Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, us the life of a Rom family on the road joining at the age of 12 and traveling with them through World War II And he does it as one of their people not some potentially dry anthropologist or even someone who creates a romanticized cookie cutter vision To Yoors his family led by the elder Pulika are individuals who live their lives like any of We us would just in a very different fashion We learn about how the process of arranged marriages and the negotiations involved about fortunetelling being the province of Rom women and how Pulika s group or kumpania connect with the non Gypsies for business and pleasure No doubt there are aspects of Gypsy culture that many of The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, us would find negative The concept of purity being one of them especially with regards to women Long story short women are considered impure from the waist down so say their skirts touch the chain of a wagon it would need to be replaced Don t worry ladies The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, using the bathroom is also considered impure to the point Gypsy guys have to go check on the horses in a group because people who go out alone are assumed to be The Asset (Wounded Warrior using the bathroom and it s wrong for a person to have other people think that s what they re doing because it s dirty as an American guy Hey I need to hit the restroom come with me is weird Yoors presents these aspects of Gypsy life fully realizing that his audience may be outraged or weirded out by these but rather than just have a knee jerk reaction like they must be total chauvinists Yoors takes a thoughtful and realistic approach to this trying to Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, understand how these cultural aspects developed in the case of women and the purity issue he brings Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible up the point of menstruation and living in very close conditions with very little privacy and points out how Rom women The Ruminator use this to their benefit such as getting some privacy and in one case Infamous using it to drive other Gypsies away And he does it from a loving perspective there s no doubt his love for the Rom is deep and sincere but he also does not put them on a pedestal Because of this The Gypsies becomes a story about individual lives lived in the backdrop of a culture and an overall enriching tale I mark this book Comfort of a Man under my history shelf because not only does the book focus on the Gypsies but their interactions with mainstream European culture gives a rare presentation on Europe as the Nazis rise to power and Europe begins to slide into war He discusses how the Gypsies were brutally victimized during the war with over half a million of their people slaughtered and how the Rom tried to adapt to the situations All in all this book is a loving well written story I don t know if Jan Yoors is still alive but if he isn t I hope there were Rom at his funeral weeping and tearing at themselves the way they do when others of their family pass away

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At the age of twelve Jan Yoors ran away from his privileged cultured Belgian family and home to join a wandering band a kumpania of Gypsies For ten years he lived as one of them t. If you are trying to understand how gypsies think reason and behave this is one book I can recommend but I learned that there are gypsies and then there are gypsies There are those that are scarcely nomadic any the Gitanos of Spain and Francethe Sinti of Germany and the Rudari of Romania The Rom that are dispersed around the world may be split up into four main tribes the Lowara the Tshurara the Kalderasha and the Matchyaya They differ in appearance temperament occupations language and mode of living Their customs and traditions differ The Lowara and the Tshurara are predominantly horse dealers while the Kalderasha which are the most numerous are coppersmiths and live in tents The author who was born in Antwerp Belgium left home at the age of twelve to live with Lowara Rom It is the customs traditions beliefs and behavior of this group that one learns most about in this book The author spent ten years living with the Lowara during the 1930s The dates are very unclear There are few people who straddle both the Rom and the Gaje communities as non gypsies are called by the Rom The book concludes with the treatment of the Rom during WW2 The book covers the food festivals manner of comportment clothing marriage birth of children and death among these people The author was accepted as one of them although he periodically left them and returned to his birth family It is very strange to observe how his Belgian family reacted He stayed predominantly with one large family living with them in a horse drawn wagon several wagons making up the kumpania A little time is spent with both Tshurara and Kalderasha Rom allowing readers to learn about the tribal differences My reaction to this was that there was little tolerance between the different groups Intermarriage is rare Although I learned a lot from this book I do not necessarily trust the validity of all the statements The author is speaking as a Lowara speaks He was not impartial I uestioned his credibility particularly his judgments of gypsies from other tribes He was very supportive of the Lowara beliefs and extremely critical of the Tshurara Rom Here I am trying desperately to see as the Rom do to understand how they think and I find they are so mistrustful and hateful towards each other and of course the Gaje too Trickery is central to their lifestyle No denial of this is made in the book I use the word trickery because I cannot drop my moral code and see their actions as they see them They feel for example it is OK to steal chickens because they need them for food we are told they only take a little and only what is absolutely necessary Do I believe that How do you define what is necessary I still cannot excuse or accept this behavior They feel they may cheat non gypsies because they are mistreated After reading this book I cannot forgive or even really understand their life choices They are intolerant of non gypsies and of each other Although I have learned a lot this book has not made me forgiving or tolerant of their misdemeanors I have learned so many things about them that I do not like I cannot think as they do I thought this book would bring me closer rather than pushing me away from the Rom Out of Bounds (Boundaries, understand how gypsies think reason and behave this is one book I can recommend but I learned that there are gypsies and then there are gypsies There are those that are scarcely nomadic any the Gitanos of Spain and Francethe Sinti of Germany and the Rudari of Romania The Rom that are dispersed around the world may be split Grass, Sky, Song up into four main tribes the Lowara the Tshurara the Kalderasha and the Matchyaya They differ in appearance temperament occupations language and mode of living Their customs and traditions differ The Lowara and the Tshurara are predominantly horse dealers while the Kalderasha which are the most numerous are coppersmiths and live in tents The author who was born in Antwerp Belgium left home at the age of twelve to live with Lowara Rom It is the customs traditions beliefs and behavior of this group that one learns most about in this book The author spent ten years living with the Lowara during the 1930s The dates are very Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos unclear There are few people who straddle both the Rom and the Gaje communities as non gypsies are called by the Rom The book concludes with the treatment of the Rom during WW2 The book covers the food festivals manner of comportment clothing marriage birth of children and death among these people The author was accepted as one of them although he periodically left them and returned to his birth family It is very strange to observe how his Belgian family reacted He stayed predominantly with one large family living with them in a horse drawn wagon several wagons making The Illusionists up the kumpania A little time is spent with both Tshurara and Kalderasha Rom allowing readers to learn about the tribal differences My reaction to this was that there was little tolerance between the different groups Intermarriage is rare Although I learned a lot from this book I do not necessarily trust the validity of all the statements The author is speaking as a Lowara speaks He was not impartial I O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, uestioned his credibility particularly his judgments of gypsies from other tribes He was very supportive of the Lowara beliefs and extremely critical of the Tshurara Rom Here I am trying desperately to see as the Rom do to One for My Baby understand how they think and I find they are so mistrustful and hateful towards each other and of course the Gaje too Trickery is central to their lifestyle No denial of this is made in the book I Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, use the word trickery because I cannot drop my moral code and see their actions as they see them They feel for example it is OK to steal chickens because they need them for food we are told they only take a little and only what is absolutely necessary Do I believe that How do you define what is necessary I still cannot excuse or accept this behavior They feel they may cheat non gypsies because they are mistreated After reading this book I cannot forgive or even really We understand their life choices They are intolerant of non gypsies and of each other Although I have learned a lot this book has not made me forgiving or tolerant of their misdemeanors I have learned so many things about them that I do not like I cannot think as they do I thought this book would bring me closer rather than pushing me away from the Rom

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  • Gypsies by Jan Yoors
  • Jan Yoors
  • English
  • 03 September 2017
  • 9780881333053

About the Author: Jan Yoors

Jan Yoors was born to a cultured liberal family of artists but at the age of twelve he ran off with a Gypsy tribe and lived with the kumpania on and off for the next ten years During World War II Yoors worked with the Allies to help the Gypsies who were being systematically exterminated He was captured twice and imprisoned until the end of the warIn 1950 Yoors settled in New York City where



10 thoughts on “Gypsies by Jan Yoors

  1. says:

    ROAMING WITH THE ROMAI first learned of the existence of this extraordinarily fascinating book by Jan Yoors when I was reading Fonseca's book about gypsies Roma Bury me Standing Published in 1967 this book is available from on line second han

  2. says:

    If you are trying to understand how gypsies think reason and behave this is one book I can recommend but I learned that there are gyps

  3. says:

    A LIFE CHANGING BOOK FOR ME I THINK I RECOGNIZED MY NAN MADE ME WANT TO LEARN MORE AND MORE

  4. says:

    If the author wanted to dispel gypsy stereotypes he sure as hell did not do a good job If you take gypsy stereotypes and take out the

  5. says:

    I have read one other book on the Gypsies Australian Gypsies Their Secret History which is written in recent times through v

  6. says:

    This book is written as a protest against oblivion as a cry of love for this race of strangers who have lived among us for centuries and remained apart With this poetic beginning Jan Yoors tells us the story of his life as he left his family to join a new family among the Rom commonly called Gypsies For the most part we gaje non Gypsies in their language only know the most minimal stereotypes about this culture; fortunet

  7. says:

    Honestly I enjoyed this book and learned a little about Romani customs but a lot of the book seems completely unlikely it

  8. says:

    As a person of Romany decent who has been trained in the traditions of my people I can say with confidence that MUCH of the information in Jan Yoors authoritive text is inaccurate After being given a copy of The Gypsies I was very angry at how my culture and people were represented Some of the misinformation wa

  9. says:

    I first found this book in the Seventies on the bookshelves of Weiser's in NYC I lent the paperback to a friend who never returned it because he fell in love with it too It is still my favorite and the most beautifully written book I've ever

  10. says:

    I read this probably 30 years ago and was entranced by this unusual tale One has to wonder what sort of parents would allow their son to run away with the Gypsies uite regularly but when you read the book you are glad that they did so I cannot compare it to any other book I have ever read This is an inside fond but honest look at gypsy life as it existed then Many years later the author tried to find the gypsies he remembered and that book

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