Introduction by Jonathan RosenBernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed... show more
Introduction by Jonathan RosenBernard Malamud’s second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who “wants better” for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store.Like Malamud’s best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.
Publish date: July 7th 2003
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
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 ...
Sad story about a jew family and an outsider, that become part of their lives after some events. It's a cautionary tale about Jews but could be about any poor family that tries to survive being honest and hard worker in the 50s.
Fall and fall of a Jewish shopkeeper in New York City. No, it's not a typo. There is no top-bottom syndrome here. No heydays to be remembered and missed.For at the beginning of this novel poor Morris Bober was already on the streets. Metaphorically and literally. And page after page his local busin...
i read this book so thirstily that i know i didn't get as much out of it as is in it. but i still think it says a lot about loneliness, honesty, character, anti-semitism, desperation, and the immigrant situation in america in the 50's. definitely a good read, and probably an even better one than i...