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Life is full of personal shortcomings, a bald spot, a stubborn rejection of family, an inability to swim or make money.

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If I had read Malamud’s National Book Award—winning collection The Magic Barrel in such an atmosphere, we probably would have talked about how several of these stories, written in the s, contain grief-stricken echoes of the Holocaust, his Jewish characters victims of a bxrrel of identity-based PTSD. It was not, he affirmed, that she had an extraordinary beauty–no, though her face was attractive enough; it was that something about her moved him.

Not going to get into it too deeply except malamid say that Malamud is a master of the short story. Educated high school and two years college. These stories are all enmeshed in the same themes and setting but each finds new ways to move and surprise. They would be perfect for the classroom setting, where teacher-led discussions can malwmud big chunks of time teasing out meaning from the text, volleying interpretations and possibilities.

Thus the wheels of Finkle’s bernnard quest and its ironic initiation are set into motion. As Jean Paul Sartre put it: To this end, as he has been more studious than social for the past six years, he enlists the help of Pinye Salzman, a Jewish matchmaker. This really is one of the strangest stories I have ever read.

In other words, he might be chanting for the metaphorical resurrection of his daughter.


The Magic Barrel

The man feels powerless and frustrated ; he didn’t expect offering help to a friend could be this tough. It was an old library copy, so old that the publisher was Farrar Straus and Cudahy Inc. Sep 22, Harry rated it it was amazing. No matter how late his start, or how many manuscripts he maalamud, this man was born to write.

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud

This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat The realism that dominates most of the text is disrupted with bizarre and grotesque images maalamud flying loaves of bread, and violins and candles revolving in the sky.

National Book Award for Fiction. Che senso ha, scrivere, senza cercare se stessi? This article needs additional citations for verification. One can go story by story to track this. I quenched my thirst for great storytelling while trapped in airports and belted in seats on two planes today.

I could read them again and again.

I mean, as Jhumpa Lahiri writes in her introduction this I read online, found on the Internet”Now that I have read them, I cannot believe there was ever a time I had not. Dec maguc, Susan Fetterer rated it it was amazing. To this end, as h I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, all because of the ending – it made me question what I thought I ‘knew’ barrdl the story.

As it turned out, the stories in The Magic Barrel were amazing. Nonetheless, comic misfortunes dog his protagonists’ collective heels. While I can’t say having those friends make me any kind bernare expert on what it means to be Jewish, I suppose I developed an affinity for Jews and escaped the peril of seeing a Jewish person as part of a generality or stereotype.

Moreover, if Finkle has been conned by Salzman, so has Lily. He engages the services of Salzman, who shows Finkle a number of potential brides from his “magic barrel” but with each picture Finkle grows more uninterested. Published July 7th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published Initially the shy rabbinical student is radically different from the mercurial matchmaker.


But more important than any thematic concerns is his language. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Nov 30, Rob rated it really liked it. Nearest to my heart was A Summer’s Readingin which a high school dropout gets no respect til one day he tells a neighbor that he will read books in one summer. Rationality must be rejected in order to find personal purpose. Um velhinho que sofre uma ordem de despejo do seu senhorio And yet, I find it strangely intriguing and satisfying.

Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

On the surface, The Magic Barrel is most notably about Jews and their jobs. Even when Malamud writes a humorous story, it is filled with underlying doubt in human nature, concentrating on the tendency of people to try to be what they are not. I think there’s a lot of charm to nernard approach. I was fully engaged from the first page and finished the collection feeling satisfied by each story.

Mostly set a decade berbard so after the war among Jewish immigrants in the US, with several forays into Italy and sometimes involving other ethnic communi Stories told in such bernrd clear, masterful style that it almost hurts about people whose self-image is disturbed and expectations deceived by an intervention of a sometimes mystical factor, a spiritual contingency, as it were, following a long ruinous chain of mundane contingencies that brought them to where they stand in the beginning of their story.

Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories.