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Mešuge

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mešuge byl původně napsán v jidiš a publikován na pokračování v letech 1981–1983. Pro Singerovy příznivce bude příjemným objevem, že volně navazuje na příběh jednoho z nejkrásnějších autorových románů – na Šošu. Děj románu Mešuge se odehrává už po válce v New Yorku, kam se podařilo uniknout před peklem druhé světové války vypravěči Šoši Aronu Greidingerovi. Aron se nečekan ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published 2003 by Argo (first published 1994)
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Gina
The opening line is fantastic--"It happened more than once that someone I thought had died in Hitler's camps suddenly turned up alive and well."

I just wasn't feeling the rest of it, though. I've read a number of his short stories and really liked them, but this story is not really very interesting to me. It also seems to have lost something in translation, which I suppose is to be expected, but disappointing all the same. There's one part in particular where Max chides Aaron for addressing him b
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Jon Glazer
This was my first Singer novel, and I must say I was mildly disappointed. Some of the flaws were probably unavoidable due to the serialized nature of the original novel, but more importantly I didn't find many of the characters interesting.

In particular, the narrator was infuriatingly passive throughout the novel. Everyone else spoke to him in paragraphs, and he barely got a word in edgewise. I realize that this was an intentional character trait, but ultimately I didn't care much about this eph
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Riley
Of all the writers I discovered after college, Isaac Singer is probably my favorite. I really love the energy he brings to his writing and the way he blends the sad with the happy with the comedic.

Here's one example from this book. To set the scene, think an apartment where a cuckold husband comes rushing in with a pistol threatening his wife and the narrator:

"Put on your tie," Stanley said to me. "Before you go I want to ask you a question. Is it true that you believe in God?"

"I believe in His
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Liu Zhen
Title: Isaac Bashevis Singer Meshugah
Translated by: the author and Nili Wachtel
Pages: 240
Publisher: June 16th 2003 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published April 1994)
Isbn: 0374529094 (ISBN13: 9780374529093)

“MESHUGAH (me-shug-a) ---Yiddish word meaning crazy, senseless, insane.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer Meshugah tells an insane story of a triangular love relationship of a married man Max, Aaron, a popular writer and a woman name Miriam. They were the Jewish of whom survived the Holocaust in Warsaw,
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Michael Havens



Meshugah is a Yiddish word that can mean crazy, senseless, insane. And that is exactly the right title for this work by the late Issac Bashevis Singer. For what we have here is several links between friend and family relations of outrageous craziness, a comedy of post-war, post-holocaust, semi-religious/Jewish/atheistic muddled vision of life. And it circles around an even more muddled love triangle of a young woman, Miriam, who already has a husband, one she can't stand, who is having an affa
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Gemma Williams
What a strange book...I'm not really sure what I thought of it.It was about a Jewish writer of serialised novels who gets involved with an older friend and his younger mistress, who has been in concentration camps and may have some very dark things in her past. Well written, obviously, but it had a hysterical edge that was a bit unnerving. I was slightly unsure whether some bits were meant to be funny or not. The central female character's bizarre masochism and the male character's cowardice and ...more
Jennifer Convissor
Feb 12, 2008 Jennifer Convissor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Jewish culture in America
I'm loving this so far. Singer's language is Yiddish music to my ears and learning about NYC Jewery after WWII is fascinating.

Oops! Haven't been on in a long time. I finished this book a few weeks later. An easy, entertaining, educational read!
Cara
Despite its many accolades, I feel like this book is a little inaccessible to non-Jewish people such as myself!
Alisha
While I liked the Yiddish phrases here and there, I didn't like the story overall.
Jude
Classic I.B. Singer, the author I know I can count on for a good read.
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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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