DEATH OF METHUSELAH Paperback – 16 May 2003
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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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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.
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.