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Some Laughter, Some Tears: Tales from the Old World and the New

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Collection of short stories, selected and translated by Curt Leviant who also wrote the introduction. From the cover: "For those who saaw and loved Fiddler on the Roof, this collection of stories will serve as a return trip." - St. Louis Globe Democrat
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 1989 by Paperback Library, a division of Coronet Communications, Inc. (first published 1968)
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May 13, 2010 Bhan13 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title was transcribed wrong, it is actually 'Some Laughter, Some Tears'.

This is a very good book but a hard book to read, the first part, the stories, reflect such a hard life that any laughter must be momentary relief from pain. One amazing story is about an empathetic boy thinking about the pain of animals around him and the crippled child next door who was killed during a recent pogrom, his feelings are denied as his relatives tease him thinking his tears are from the horseradish he's gra
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Aug 06, 2013 Angie Schoch rated it really liked it
No Tevye stories here, but a wonderful variety of works. If you only read one or two, may it be "This Night," "The Esrog" or "Pity for Living Creatures." Just gorgeous. My one complaint with Reb Aleichem is his tendency to leave you guessing as to the end of his stories, ending them just as anticipation builds! Actually, not much of a complaint. His stories really connect with the oral element of storytelling, a certain Jumping Frog of Calaveras County comes to mind. :)
Aug 02, 2013 Joeydag rated it liked it
Amazing story teller but in this collection the translator seems to get a bit hackneyed and trite. There is on story about "the red-haired Jews" that is so poignant. It concerns the turn of last century's Zionist appeal to the Jews of Eastern Europe. As a conservative and nostalgic writer Aleichem seems to advocate appreciating what one has and staying put. Reading it after the Holocaust is almost horrific.
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Awww, this was sadly unfunny. I thought it would be more old-school classic humor. But the few stories I read were bizarrely redundant, weird and unresolved.
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Jewish writer, Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916), who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem (Hebrew for "peace be upon you").

From 1883 on, Sholem Aleichem produced over forty volumes in Yiddish, thereby becoming a central figure in Yiddish literature by 1890.

Sholem Aleichem's narratives were notable for the naturalness of his characters' speech and the accuracy of his descriptions of shtetl lif
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