Shosha is a hauntingly lyrical love story set in Jewish Warsaw on the eve of its annihilation Aaron Greidinger, an aspiring Yiddish writer and the son of a distinguished Hasidic rabbi, struggles to be true to his art when faced with the chance at riches and a passport to America But as he and the rest of the Writers Club wait in horror for Nazi Germany to invade Poland,Shosha is a hauntingly lyrical love story set in Jewish Warsaw on the eve of its annihilation Aaron Greidinger, an aspiring Yiddish writer and the son of a distinguished Hasidic rabbi, struggles to be true to his art when faced with the chance at riches and a passport to America But as he and the rest of the Writers Club wait in horror for Nazi Germany to invade Poland, Aaron rediscovers Shosha, his childhood love still living on Krochmalna Street, still mysteriously childlike herself who has been waiting for him all these years.
Shosha Shosha is a hauntingly lyrical love story set in Jewish Warsaw on the eve of its annihilation Aaron Greidinger an aspiring Yiddish writer and the son of a distinguished Hasidic rabbi struggles to be
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Mysteriously consoling A long contemplation about life Most characters felt same, maybe because all human beings are same deep down We all desire the same, we hope for the same So why war That s the question Where is God If there ever was almighty it wouldn t make any sense looking back dark and bloody days in history of mankind It was sad yet very interesting perspective from few intellectual Jews from Poland just before Hitler s coming They keep wondering everyday why they are not escaping for [...]
Una storia d aLeggo nella descrizione del libro Shosha pu essere letto in molti modi come la parabola dell ebreo sradicato, come la storia di un educazione sentimentale, come il viaggio iniziatico di un artista, ma forse il modo pi giusto proposto dallo stesso autore Alla domanda Che storia quella narrata in Shosha Singer rispose Una storia d a.Non ricordo con precisione in quale dei modi indicati io l abbia letto pi di trent anni fa , ma, per il ricordo dolce e amaro che me ne rimasto, probabil [...]
Varsavia in dagherrotipoQuando ho iniziato a leggere Shosha, le prime pagine non mi convincevano.Singer racconta una storia che in larga parte la sua molti elementi sono esplicitamente biografici Accumula nomi, personaggi, dettagli di luoghi, usanze, riferimenti geografici.Ho avuto l impressione di leggere l opera di un bozzettista, un memorialista nostalgico Non il mio genere Fortunatamente, ho proseguito.In effetti, le immagini di Singer scorrono davanti agli occhi rapidamente, come schizzi di [...]
UPDATE 4 16 15 I m going to read this again, trying to capture the mid 1930s Poland that my characters in my new novel are currently living in Singer, writing in 1978, presents many poignant details of Jewish life in Warsaw in 1939, just before Hitler came There is a pervading sense of the imminent destruction of an entire way of life in the Yeshivas they studied the Talmud so long as Hitler his name should be blotted out did not attack, each day was a gift from God No one knows what God wants i [...]
First off, thanks to my wonderful sister in law, Jo Jackson, for my fathers day present of Isaac Bashevis Singer I said once that I like the feeling of finishing an author s first to me book, and feeling like we ve just started on a long, probably lifetime relationship That s how I feel about this amazing book Unbelievably beautiful and poignant and the tiniest bit triumphant kaynahora and resilient My favorite quote For a long time Shosha didn t speak Then she said, Arele, I miss Yppe I would b [...]
Lo le en espa ol, como siempre, uno esperar a leer en yiddish, debemos perder tanta riqueza de la lectura por el mero hecho de intentar reproducir en un idioma tan diferente lo que Bashevis Singer nos propone La edici n que yo le trae un comentario de Alan Lelchuk autor de Sexo, Tora y revoluci n Altamente recomendable y tambi n un extracto del discurso de B Singer cuando recibi el novel.Es notable en B.Singer como nos puede contar cien y m s veces una realidad desde diferentes puntos de vista, [...]
Mi problema con este libro fue que, si bien la prosa era bella y el personaje principal era un tipo con una historia muy interesante, me costaba entender qu estaba sucediendo a mi alrededor Hay much simos aspectos, costumbres y definiciones sobre la cultura jud a que las daban por sentadas y no entend a, as como tambi n los hechos y aspectos hist ricos que rodean la historia y que tienen m s protagonismo que la historia en s como el comunismo, el nazismo, la cultura jud a como ya dije, y dem s i [...]
3.5 stars, rounded up for the novelty of the experience This book has very little plot In short, the son of a rabbi grows up during WW1 and loses faith not in God, but in organised religion, humanity, the future He drifts aimlessly through 1930s Warsaw, wanting to be a writer, but spending most of his time pursuing and being pursued by women the Russian American actress with the sugar daddy, the Gentile maid, the Stalinist who is sure she will be arrested any day now, the married intellectual wh [...]
Very good novel of Poland in the days prior to Hitler s invasion in 1939 The main character is a Jewish writer, Arele Greidinger, who travels in both the secular Jewish world of Warsaw s political and literary circles and the ghetto Hasidim in which he was raised I was brought up on three dead languages Hebrew, Aramaic, and Yiddish some consider the last not a language at all and in a culture that developed in Babylon the Talmud Singer wrote many of his works like Dickens did, in serial form for [...]
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This book has personal relevance to me My grandfather was a Polish Jew who fled to Cuba, but his siblings and parents perished in Poland My favorite aspects of this book where the descriptions of Jewish life in Polish cities and small towns leading up to WWII I found the descriptions of the various bickering political organizations humorous, and they reminded me of why my grandfather was wary of politics This book tells a hard story but not one without the magical realism of everyday life.
La malinconia del lettoreDefinire l indefinibile impresa ardua, cos come il poter spiegare lo straniamento che mi ha lasciato questo romanzo.Mi piaciuto S Moltissimo.Ma per quanto da giorni ci pensi, non riesco a individuarne il motivo vero.Certo, un gran romanzo, che si potrebbe tranquillamente allineare a quelli di classica tradizione la storia, i personaggi, le descrizioni vivide, le puzze, i colori, i dialoghi, le molte dotte digressioni, sono tutti elementi importanti eppure non essenziali, [...]
Growing up in Warsaw Aaron Arele Greidinger was the son of a prominent Hasidic rabbi His life was surrounded by books and scrolls, he lived and breathed the Jewish law He befriended Shosha, a young simple girl living in his building Their life was surrounded by adventurous stories and Aaron s imagination When his family moves several blocks away their friendship ends as it would be inappropriate for the son of a Hasidic rabbi to venture to her neighborhood for a visit.Years later Aaron is grown [...]
I was glad to finish this novel What a relief to leave the company of Singer s aimless, mysogynistic, pretentious narrator The Singer scholar who recommended the book told me it was an autobiographical novel that whitewashed the Singer character Did the real Singer act in a irresponsible, distasteful manner than his protagonist Aaron is the son of a Polish Rabbi His earliest memories are of Krochmalna Street, a poor Hasidic community in Warsaw Growing up during the privations of World War I, in [...]
What is this book about That question defies answering It is about the Holocaust, though the book s first 260 pages take place in Poland before Hitler s invasion, and the remaining 20 take place in Tel Aviv over a decade after It is about the Jews who lived in Warsaw in the years before their ghettoization and deportation to concentration camps, but all of these are secondary characters in the book, and those two historical events are only described in passing in the epilogue It is about a sickl [...]
I love this book Initially, childlike naive Shosha irritated me, and she even made me think that Arele Tsutsik, the narrator, was a bit of a pervert what kind of man marries a physically underdeveloped woman with such severe learning difficulties that she can t read or manage simple household tasks independently But Shosha grows, and so does Arele, though not in such a straightforward way.It s set in Poland, amongst Arele s circle of Jewish intellectuals and theatre people He s cast off his reli [...]
I secretly hoped that Singer would write like Potok did Of course that is a ridiculous thing to want He had an even simpler style than Potok, but it grew on me This was quite a tragic story, but the hope still was present at the end of the book, very quietly In both Singer and Potok s books, I find elements of my religious life that I connect with very deeply Namely, that the existence of both light and dark within a religion is the very thing that makes it alive a living entity The conflict and [...]
un a sgraziato, incomprensibile, ingenuo, mistico quello tra aron e shosha che pervade tutto il libro, straripa e corre parallelo con l a per un mondo ormai scomparso quello della varsavia prebellica, con le sue miserie, le sue contraddizioni, i suoi sfarzi poi spazzati via dall invasione nazista un libro di donne questo romanzo oltre a shosha ci sono sua madre bashele, dora, betty, celia, tekla tutte diverse fra loro, tutte inquiete e preda di pulsioni, fermenti, ideali, sconforto un romanzo no [...]
I enjoyed the first half of this book than the last half It is a rather odd story about a Jewish writer in Warsaw in pre WWII I imagine the book depicts well a segment of Warsaw life at that time Lots of examples of the dark underbelly of humanity It certainly demonstrated the depth of denial people had if they didn t want to grapple with the reality of the encroaching Nazis I felt the ending was abrupt and left me hanging I didn t feel the characters were well developed Since another book by S [...]
I was concerned when I picked this book up because it was by Isaac Bashevis Singer and I always got the impression that his novels were a bit difficult to read, but after reading it a little in the bookstore I bought it and I loved it I paid attention to every detail and I loved the book as well as the main character Shosha, I am surprised that no one has tried to make this book into a film it was really an enjoyable read Years later when I dated my first wife, as it turned out she also read thi [...]
I loved everything about this book One of the best books I have ever read.
Non pu esserci risposta per la sofferenzan per chi soffre Un giovane uomo, fatalista e disperato al tempo stesso, scrive in una lingua che in ragione di quella tragica sorte che si delinea inesorabile pagina dopo pagina sta per essere cancellata dalla faccia della terra.Attorno a lui la vita frenetica, incosciente, farsesca, violenta e ingiusta di Varsavia, citt che danza sull orlo del baratro che la inghiottir per sempre.Varsavia che venne disintegrata e quarant anni dopo, quasi per miracolo, t [...]
Yes, this book is tragic and sad in a sort of unspoken sort of way However, it is also exceptionally fulfilling Singer chooses to keep the theme focused 100% on human progress while still staying dedicated to the intimate moments between man and vision The result, while somewhat simplistic, is never without beauty SHOSHA is like a wonderful dream The experience of being in love with someone and being one with yourself through thick and thin There are a number of things here, which, to me, are pe [...]
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