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The Last Demon

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Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in 1978, is best-remembered for his humane and moving short stories, which drew comparison with those of Maupassant and Chekhov. The three collected here, about a girl who pretends to be a man in order to study the Torah, a frustrated demon, and a writer trying to understand the confusion of a holocaust survivor, illuminate th ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books
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Apr 02, 2013 Ross rated it really liked it
An ideal start for a busy person who wants to get a quick introduction to Isaac Singer, this compilation of three stories samples the range of Singer's repertoire. The mystical & difficult to interpret (the last demon), the spooky (the cafeteria, extacted from "a friend of Kafka") to the well known, down-to-earth, profoundly moving and philosophically challenging story of Yentl. Entertaining, thought provoking and short.
Nurul Lina Mohd Nor
Feb 16, 2014 Nurul Lina Mohd Nor rated it it was amazing
The Last Demon is great (though it's hard, with Jewish context). Yentl the Yeshiva Boy is new (totally a new theme for a contemporary reader like me). And The Cafeteria has simply brought light on my head! :). Here is the paragraph that might stimulate you some clue (of the light on my head), if you are curious:

"I thought about what Esther had told me of seeing Hitler in the cafeteria. It had seemed utter nonsense, but now I began to reappraise the idea. If time and space are nothing more than f
Artur Coelho
Apr 11, 2011 Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing
Há formas menos curiosas de ficar a conhecer um escritor. Para mim, o nome dee Isaac Bashevis Singer surgiu graças à simpática canção homónima dos The Owls ouvida de passagem no Motel de Moka e um artigo na New Yorker. Foi com muita curiosidade que peguei neste The Last Demon, coligindo três contor de Singer. Fiquei agradavelmente surpreendido com a prosa segura e elegante, com uma simplicidade e um fino bom humor, que tanto nos remete para o mundo desaparecido dos povoados judaicos do leste eur ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Christiane rated it liked it
The Last Demon (3 stars) :
Where is the need for demons when humans have reached the utmost levels of evil without their temptations and persuasions ?

Yentl (2 stars) :
A love story and a look at the traditions and beliefs of orthodox Jews in Eastern Europe where women were denied knowledge and the study of the holy texts and condemned to a narrow, ignorant and superficial life.

Cafeteria (4 stars) :
Holocaust survivors meeting in a N.Y. café : the hopelessly traumatized for whom death is the only
Agnes Kelemen
Sep 29, 2014 Agnes Kelemen rated it it was amazing
This volume contains three short stories, including the famous "Yentl, the yeshiva boy". However, in my opinion "The Last Demon" is the actual masterpiece.
Me gustó mucho el libro. Contenía tres cuentos: el último demonio, Yentl y Cafetería. No sabría decir cual me gustó más... El primero gracioso, el segundo de dilemas complejos y el último sumamente filosófico ... A pesar de que todas las historias giran alrededor de las costumbres de los judíos aunque no las conocía mucho fue fácil seguir la lectura...
Mark Easton
Sep 03, 2013 Mark Easton rated it really liked it
Containing three short stories–The Last Demon, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, and The Cafeteria–this short collection shines as the laconic, personal tales unfold and roam over the vast topics of religion, morality, temptation, modernity, and the Yiddish spirit. While difficult, perhaps impossible, to truly appreciate without understanding the Jewish context, the book nonetheless makes for an intruding read for a Gentile, and is a great introduction to the spirit of Singer.
Aug 08, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
Loved the stories, specially Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.
A small book with three short but deliciously strange (and a bit despairing) tales. Loved it!
Jul 19, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
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A interesting collection of three short stories. My favorite was the doomed romance of Yentl the Yeshiva Boy.
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Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish American author of Jewish descent, noted for his short stories. He was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
His memoir, "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw", won the U.S. National Book Award in Children's Literature in 1970, while his collection "A Crown of Feathers
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