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Bernard Malamud
Birth date: April 28, 1914
Died: March 18, 1986
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TheBrainintheJar
TheBrainintheJar rated it 4 years ago
Bernard Malamud wrote a classic. He must have wrote one. There are too many good things in The Assistant. At its best, it’s a novel that gets why novels work. It’s a story primarily driven by the characters that still has a plot, instead of just a string of bad mornings. Malamud gets close to every ...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 6 years ago
Perhaps I should've read Malamud's works in order, because I just jumped through time into a completely different author. I've read Malamud's first two books and loved them; I even loved the crazy debut novel about baseball for crying out loud. Then I stepped over five other books and landed in the ...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it 6 years ago
An outstanding collection, inspiring me to read more of the work of many of the authors featured:Nadine Gordimer - The Ultimate SafariA tale of asylum-seeking in Mozambique from the point of view of a young child, whose unworldliness enables Gordimer to draw a painful contrast between the lives of A...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
The title is a misnomer. Not that there aren't some wonderful stories here, but they were never really chosen because they're the best American short stories of the 20th century. Rather, these are Updike's 56 picks out of the 2,000 stories originally chosen in the 84 volumes of a yearly anthology pu...
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it 7 years ago
Yakov Bok is non-religious and apolitical. He simply wants a better life. He is slightly bitter that life gives him lemons but no sugar to make lemonade but that does not keep him from trying to improve. He reads Spinoza to educate himself and moves to Kiev to start a better life. He is a repairman ...
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