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"This cunning, pungent new collection of stories from the 1970's and 1980's adds a characteristic twist to the materials of a long career."
--Robert Pinsky, "The New York Times""" "Highly recommended."
--"Library Journal" "Brimming with life."
--John Gross, "The New York Times"

This cunning, pungent new collection of stories from the 1970's and 1980's adds a characteristic twist to the materials of a long career. "Robert Pinsky, The New York Times"

Highly reccommended. "Library Journal"

Brimming wwith life. "John Gross, The New York Times""

About the Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 91) was the author of many novels, stories, and children's books. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c48078) out of 5 stars METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN 18 July 2000
By Bonita L. Davis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Master story teller Isaac Bashevis Singer regales us once again with this remarkable collection of short stories. Woe to those who are faint of heart or have inflexible moral standards. His stories are sure to give you a coronary as you are confronted with issues of blasphemy, debauchery, mystery and intrigue. Singer assaults the whole of human fickleness in his tales.
Yet his tales are not all sordid. In "The Bitter Truth" we see a man's loyalty to his friend over-rides a secret that could spell disaster. "House Friend" will have you laughing at the mere concept of a friend having sexual relations with another friend's wife with full hearted encouragement from the friend. Go figure? Singer's stories are down to earth and deal with the varied human negativities that we display unashamedly. God's presence is very much in the foreground of the stories as the characters stuggle with their own ethical isssues. Despite the fact that we as a human race can be sordid, the collection as a whole points out that we are redeemable and can display the best of ourselves. Laugh, cry, become shocked and fearful as you enter the complexities of humanity through the eyes of Singer. No collection of his is complete without this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e44c9c) out of 5 stars Worth it for the Title Story Alone 15 Jan. 2008
By J. Axtell - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Death of Methuselah, the title story, is one of the best short stories I've ever read. It deals with the hallucinatory last moments of Methuselah. The reader is taken taken on a trip through Jewish and Mesopotamian mythology, a trip brought on by Methuselah's lusting for Naamah the she-devil, consort of Asmodeus.
HASH(0x95a98900) out of 5 stars Disappointing and repetitive 6 Sept. 2014
By Avid Reader - Published on
This just isn't a good book. Perhaps it's a collection of his weaker stories, pulled together and translated in order to take advantage of Singer's fame. But if this is the caliber of his work, it's hard to imagine why Singer was so revered.

The stories follow pretty much same theme. Basically, it's about lust. People lusting after virgins. Prostitution. Cheating on spouses. Homosexual longings. And so on. I guess the interesting part is that this is taking place in arenas that those of us today think of as less sexualized times and places, such as small Jewish villages in Eastern Europe. But Singer's point is that humans have the same desires everywhere, and that those desires are part of the Bible, too.

But the stories are formulaic. Many of them have this PG Wodehouse-ish opening, in which there's a person who's known as a storyteller, and he or she just waits about one page into the story for the opening to say, "Well, would you like to hear this story?" And then you hear the story. It's like every Wodehouse golf story there's ever been, but without any of the charm or humor.

There's also no majesty in the language, which might be a function of the translations. In short, buy something else.
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HASH(0x963fd3e4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2015
By Benjamin Gardner - Published on
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A masterful story teller
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HASH(0x95e466e4) out of 5 stars book did not come 31 Aug. 2010
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