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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 is only to be expected But The Author Revisits Certain the author revisits certain with a passion bordering on obsession and unfortunately they did not all interest me such as temptation list adultery udgement and punishment and salvation on obsession and unfortunately they did not all interest me such as temptation list adultery udgement and punishment and salvation 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 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 ruminate between each one I did not do this and they began to seem too similar losing their potency 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 I could have chosen a grandfather I would have chosen this man for the stories alone I recommend this to people who like dry humor vegetables optimism devoid of religion religion devoid of optimism despair both with and without rejection facades bold sarcasm and flirtatious eyes 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 of human 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 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 the human condition I don t know if anyone who didn t grow up in a Yiddish speaking Jewish household 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 his stories are hidden philosophical ueries about morality about existence about sin about desire about love Singer is one of th. Gathers all of the celebrated Singer story collections published during his lifetime Plus hard to

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The Collected StoriesTo see evil beings stalk the earth with ragged claws and hoofs trying to seduce Rabbi s from their studies and women from the virginity the truly chilling creatures are those in human flesh of his later stories Singer shows that man can be the epitome of evil even through simple seemingly harmless ways not ust the big obvious ones like the holocaust stories Through each tale we watch evil descend upon the poor Jewish souls and even when take all they cannot take Their Faith Faith Is faith is 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 being who is always silent and on the sidelines despite any pleading While the opinions of a deity morph through the timeline of his writing he never denounces his God Singer sparked plenty of controversy within both literary and religious circles with stories that embrace homosexuality and transgender characters However he broaches the topics with tact and respect and such a broad love and open mind is what led him to be a recipient of such high honors Singer writes what he believes never panders and makes no excuses In his Author s Note to this collection he writes how he has recognized and avoided the dangers of writing fiction 1 The idea that the writer must be a sociologist and a politician adjusting 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 of human relations or reflect the combinations and complications of heredity and environment He enters into a longer discussion on the pitfalls of what he considers experimental literature arguing that literature can very well describe the absurd but 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 have dubbed weirdness for the sake of weirdness Regardless of ones opinion on experimental books I ll keep silent 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 on his knee 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 I hope I respectfully presented this information and I do very much wish not to offend anyone I 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 I hope I 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. ,
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