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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374517886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374517885
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,310,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are whole fistfuls of masterpieces in this one volume: a cornucopia of invention... The Collected Stories, when all is said and done, is an American Master's 'Book of Creation'. (The New York Times Book Review )

Sparkling and triumphant, Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories are filled with wonder, gratitude, humour, irony and a wry eroticism that manages to exalt the pleasures of the flesh and the soul at the same time (Washington Post Book World ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) was the author of many novels, stories, children's books, and a memoir. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 1999
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This book satisfied my craving to learn the type of world mygrandparents came from, their language and attitutes. I laughed so hard from Singers descriptions of his characters that I thought I would bust. This is a book for all to learn to appreciate a rich culture that existed in Eastern Europe and was transported to America with those remaining lost in the Holocaust. Singer has some imagination and the talent to relay his thoughts clearly that you feel that you are among the characters. The translation from Yiddish to English was well done and conveyed the message completely. A must for those who want to expand their knowledge of the roots of the Jewish people and their lives and experiences in a world lost.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cher on 3 May 2009
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I am a great fan of Isaac B Singer and I highly recommend this book as it is a compilation of some of his best short stories. They range from mysticysism in Poland to modern day New York, he has a wonderful sense of humour and is very entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 29 April 2012
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This collection is by one of the twentieth century's greatest story tellers. Bashevis Singer draws people out of two different worlds he knew well--the Polish-Jewish scene of the two or three centuries leading up to the Holocaust--with characters living in a world shaped by the Torah and plentifully inhabited by spirits who advise or cause mischief with people--and secular New York with its tarmac streets, yellow taxis and 'concrete reality'. Bashevis Singer moves masterfully between these two worlds, eerily letting the reader experience characters functioning in each. The stories are whimsical and thought provoking. Some stay with me and have changed how I perceieve myself and other people. In this respect, the Crown of Feathers is one story I go back to again and again. How well it evokes on the one hand a controlling personality and on the other a person whose soul is delicate, beautiful and true. There is potentially life changing material in these stories and I thoroughly recommend them.
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