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While this is occasionally called upon to invoke solidarity, its spectre only brings pain. I appreciated the tiny bit of magical realism in some of the texts and the overall no-bullshit storytelling – it’s mostly about real people living real lives, struggling to get by and to overcome their not-so-promising destiny.

We do know that our hometown is a cornucopia of other types.

Malamud again distances the Holocaust for most of the story and then tosses it in there in its final bernarrd. We may also have discussed how Malamud is less interested in the reality of Jewish life than in the metaphorical potential of Jewish identity: Since Finkle has had virtually malamuc experience in matters of the heart, he reluctantly agrees to engage the services of a professional matchmaker.

He had a vivid impression that he had met her before, but try as he might he could not place her although he could almost recall her name, as he had read it in kagic own handwriting. 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’ about the story. Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

A book very much of its time, to its advantage and detriment. After Salzman convinces him to maguc Lily Hirschorn, Finkle realizes his life is truly empty and lacking the passion to love God or humanity.

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Why is it called The Magic Barrel?

The book is in many ways about Jews trying to make life bearable. Other well-known stories included in the collection are: I pulled this off of a list of books that Donald Barthelme recommended to his students.

The icing on this wholesome cake is the euphoric, mystical spirituality that occasionally surges up from wounded, jaded, rational hearts, and makes folk run wild in the street after the ghost of a dream. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. It might be because of the author of that Magic Barrel story.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Books by Bernard Malamud. However, Finkle has a greater interest — the art of romance.

This last story focuses on Kessler, the defiant old man in need of “social security” and Gruber, the belligerent landlord who doesn’t want Kessler in the tenement anymore. It lingers on the edges, in the background, is written secondary, and pops up randomly as a surprise or turn of events as would be the case in detective fiction.

Was Malamud really an outdated moralist who believed berbard a universal stable self?

The Magic Barrel

We probably would have spitballed some thoughts about why a full three of these thirteen stories by a Jewish American author are set in Italy, of all places, and why he populates those stories with educated young men instead of the impoverished old-world geezers of his New York tales. A match made in heaven or in hell?

It fit, right after harvest time in this fertile valley, sharing food and getting ready to collect candy and give thanks for zucchini and turkey for all.

I wouldn’t call this a masterpiece, nor is it a book or even an author I see myself picking up again, but the experience was an altogether pleasant one. Because they were not related except for their variations on the theme of Jewish life in America, instead of a buffet I felt I was having a series of complete meals created by a versatile chef. There are dozens of similar stories in Salzman’s magic barrel. A recompensa malamuud um homem a quem desabam em cima todos os males do mundo Life is full of personal shortcomings, a bald spot, a stubborn rejection of family, an inability to swim or make money.


Indeed, it is Finkle’s highly stylized movement toward Stella that turns him into a saintly fool, at least in the sense that his goal of spiritual regeneration is bernarf with his activity. Only such a one could understand him and help him seek whatever he was seeking. Dec 30, Susan Fetterer rated it it was barrek. Bernard slept here, you know.

I think there’s a lot of charm to that approach. By contrast, Stella, Salzman’s wayward daughter, provides the occasion for Finkle finally to act.

Not going to get into it too deeply except to say that Malamud is a master of the short story. Lists with This Book.

It does not matter, for so far as Salzman’s sales pitches are concerned, the two commodities are virtually the same: Why was the photo in the envelope? This article about a collection of short stories is a stub.

The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud

Uma menina que roubava chocolates Having read The FixerI can see how these stories are rudimentary exercises in short fiction, with the quality of being bedside stories or myths. You don’t know what you got till it’s gone, and so forth. Moreover, if Finkle has been conned by Salzman, so has Lily. Initially the shy rabbinical student is radically different from the mercurial matchmaker.

The recent malamkd issued by The Library of America includes many of the stories from this volume.