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There were some aspects of this anthology that weren t to my particular taste In a collection of "almost 50 short stories by the same author some repetition of themes and characters "50 short stories by the same author some repetition of themes and characters is to expected but the author revisits certain themes with a passion bordering on obsession and unfortunately they did not all interest me such as temptation list adultery judgement and punishment and salvation through religion However the stories offer a fascinating glimpse into pre war European Jewish life and are absolutely written with the finesse of a literary genius For these reasons it would be churlish of me to give this collection of stories anything but a five star review I don t know if anyone who didn t grow up in a Yiddish speaking Jewish ousehold would feel this waybut this is the greatest book in the world Isaac Bashevis Singer is my favorite writer He writes a kind of magical realism but of a very different sort than the type one finds in Maruez and Rushdie The realism never bends in a way that does not illustrate a larger point Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., his stories areidden philosophical ueries about morality about existence about sin about desire about love Singer is one of the greatest writers who ever lived on the same level with Chekhov Kafka Shakespeare Bellow Saramago make your own list and no book of any of theirs as ever meant to me than this one This volume contains 47 of the prize winning author s short stories Set among Jewish peasants in Poland or Jewish immigrants to the New World their characters grapple with existential crisis the temptation to abandon the practices of the faith the struggle with doubt or the ambiguity of living between worlds force characters to confront
uestions of meaning All are extremely well written They beg to be read individually with days or weeks to of meaning All are extremely well written They beg to be read individually with days or weeks to between each one I did not do this and they began to seem too similar losing their potency These are the euivalent of Grimm s fairy talesfor adultsRich ruthless colourful and magicalhuman and umorousKylie did you read the volume I bought for you in ParisThe Seance and Other Stories was a parting gift a volume I left languishing on the shelf for a few years and which I read out of guiltthat is until I got into the very first story After that an obsession Now all readEVERY volumeNo Holocaust tales The Ground beneath her Feet hereSinger tells the most magical bizarre intriguing stories of Jewish village and town life set in Poland stories set in another time and space until a detail makes you realise that this is 20th Century pre Holocaust Did such lives really exist then What characters What tales What plots What a culture What magic You are inside theeads of people who believe in all sorts of ghosts and spooks They are real and activeThis is culture shock of the most absorbing kind All typesevery variety of situation every demontragedy and comedyWondrousThen there are the post Holocaust stories set in New York mainly A totally different tone The rich external culture of Poland Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders has vanished These are rawer modern and familiar but still totally engrossingThe same Jews in similar complex situationsI can t wait to read them ALL againAnd then there s the novels Many of these stories contain a demon that comes to tempt I strongly recommend the story Brother Beetle for adults It s only 8 pages If Sholem Aleichem is the grand master of Jewish folk tales depicting life of the common people then Isaac Bash. Gathers all of the celebrated Singer story collections published duringis lifetime Plus ard to .
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themselves add a gentle serving of ancient jewishAdd a gentle serving of ancient Jewish mostly dybbuks and devils and you ve got a great compilation of magical folk tales each one enjoyable than the last one The great irony is that the most disturbing tale is Old Love set in modern day Miami and bereft of magic but still creepy enough to stay with you for years to come If I could ave chosen a grandfather I would Bandbox have chosen this man for the stories alone I recommend this to people who like dryumor vegetables optimism devoid of religion religion devoid of optimism despair both with and without rejection facades bold sarcasm and flirtatious eyes I used to read short stories a lot Now I m remembering the pleaure they used to give me by going back and reading some of each book Isaac Bashevis Singer s collection is one exellent example of Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, how short stories should be written Recommended Throughout the cornucopia of stories ranging from the supernatural to the eccentric folk like tales originating in small villages in Eastern Europe or through the stories concerning the pre and postwar displacement of the Jewish people from the Old to the New World Singer manages to bring about both the gravity ofuman nature and the lightness of being He elouently spins a literary web filled with wonder irony despair and an underlying note of eroticism which manages to satisfy our emotional as well as our intellectual desires Each story is a uniue exercise in tone and style some are fairly plain and others rather complex but each one is imbued with an unforgettable formation of characters that altogether epitomize the very idea of Kicking It (Alex Craft, humanity Singer s masterful and serenely constructed language that never comes across as labored or shallow suares up to the mysteries of life with actual examination and wisdom and ultimately leaves the reader with a profound appreciation of theuman condition If you believe in God then He exists This sentiment best surmises the uestions and crises of faith presented in the Nobel winning body of work from Isaac Bashevis Singer The Polish born author came to the United States on the brink of WWII and left an onorable mark on Jewish literature winning two National Book Awards one for is memoirs and one for A Crown of Feathers which Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose he shared with Thomas Pynchon for Gravity s Rainbow as well as the Nobel in 1978 Whileaving written With a wide variety of stories funny sad and occasionally outright depressing Singer explores the strength of faith when faced with adversity be it folktale demons or The Donovan Legacy (Donovans holocaustorrors and illustrates the challenge of believing in a God who is eternally silent Singer personally selected the 47 stories presented in this collection selected from a deep pool of seven story collections He says this was difficult since Breaking Down (The Garage, he felt like some Oriental father with aarem full of women and children I cherish them all However this offers a good overview of is work since it contains the pieces e feels best represents imself The stories range in form and content yet the message of faith resonates through all of them in various forms The earlier stories read. 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Like folktales that reminded me very much of the Ukrainian Tales of Nikolai Gogol presenting small Jewish villages in the backcountry of Poland assailed by demons and black magic the satanic orgy in The Gentleman from Cracow is unforgettable While it is frightening to see evil beings stalk the earth with ragged claws and oofs trying to seduce Rabbi s from their studies and women from the virginity the truly chilling creatures are those in Passionate Kisses Boxed Set human flesh ofis later stories Singer shows that man can be the epitome of evil even through simple seemingly Destiny and Power harmless ways not just the big obvious ones like theolocaust stories Through each tale we watch evil descend upon the poor Jewish souls and even when they take all they cannot take their faith Faith is often shaken ridiculed and lost but the Void these characters face when they are stripped of their faith is far frightening than the evils that beleaguer them He presents any which way one could feel lost in the world and uestion the existence of a God a being who is always silent and remains on the sidelines despite any pleading While the opinions of a deity morph through the timeline of My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, his writinge never denounces The Café Book his God Singer sparked plenty of controversy within both literary and religious circles with stories that embraceomosexuality and transgender characters However Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, he broaches the topics with tact and respect and such a broad love and open mind is what ledim to be a recipient of such igh onors Singer writes what Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies he believes never panders and makes no excuses Inis Author s Note to this collection e writes ow Shalias Diary (Shalias Diary, heas recognized and avoided the dangers of writing fiction 1 The idea that the writer must be a sociologist and a politician adjusting Scruples Two himself to what are called social dialectics2Greed for money and uick recognition3 Forced originality namely the illusion that pretentious rhetoric precious innovations in style and playing with artificial symbols can express the basic and ever changing nature ofuman relations or reflect the combinations and complications of eredity and environment He enters into a longer "discussion on the pitfalls of what e considers experimental literature arguing that literature can very well describe the absurd "on the pitfalls of what e considers experimental literature arguing that literature can very well describe the absurd it should never become absurd itself This makes one wonder what Singer would think of the recent trend of books that as many myself included ave dubbed weirdness for the sake of weirdness Regardless of ones opinion on experimental books I ll keep silent Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command here and simply present the authors opinion as I don t wish to spark an argument with this as I am in no way ualified to present an opinion I do enjoy the general idea of writing for your beliefs and not for othersLiterature lost a valuable moral compass when Singer passed on July 24th 1991 His method of writing flows in a manner that makes one feel they are onis knee Explosive Acts hearing a life lesson story Let us all sit back and listen45 As a disclaimer of sorts when it comes to books such as this I try to remain detached from the author s opinions as these are often touchy subjects Iope I respectfully presented this information and I do very much wish not to offend anyone I Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, have no ualms with discussing these ideas with an open mind with a willing interlocutor but I wish to refrain from stiff arming any ideology in a review Iope I Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria have at least succeeded in that Thank you for reading and best wishes. Stories left in manuscript at the time of Singer's death now published in English for the first ti.