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Short Friday and Other Stories

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  169 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A collection of short stories by a miraculous writer who can chill the spine, gorge the senses, and enlighten the heart as he describes a people and a way of life.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1963 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1960)
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Frankie
Dec 24, 2011 Frankie rated it really liked it
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The stories of Singer remind me most of Gogol in cast and setting, with somewhat Dostoevskian characters populating them. The consistent theme in this collection is corruption. It's most evident in the devil tales: "Taibele and Her Demon," "The Last Demon," "Zeidlus the Pope." Singer humanizes his demons and demonizes his humans. The more rabbinical and devout the character, the more likely a dybbuk will sit on his shoulder. Atheist doubts seem to be the most common temptation. Singer's fiction ...more
Thaisa Frank
May 29, 2012 Thaisa Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short Friday is a re-read. When I was in my twenties I asked I.B. Singer to inscribe this book, after awkwardly showing him one of my pieces. The current version of Short Friday has a picture of Barbara Streisand as Yentl on the cover--which somehow strikes me as unfortunate message about a writer who went way beyond the mainstram. To like this collection, you have to like Singer--his terse style ("my favorite part of speech is the noun" he said), and the kinds of stories he wrote--often folk ta ...more
Laurent Szklarz
No question, a master of his trade.
Chad Law
Sep 29, 2016 Chad Law rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Bashevis Singer is a true master of the short story form.
Marek Pawlowski
Oct 23, 2014 Marek Pawlowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zbiór opowiadań Singera roztacza magiczny świat żydowskich legend oraz wierzeń. Rzeczywiste sytuacje przeplatane spotkaniem z diabłami, aniołami, wędrówką dusz tworzą niezwykłą rzeczywistość. Książka ta zrobiła na mnie ogromne wrażenie, także dlatego, że niewiele wiem o żydowskiej kulturze. Ten zbiór pozwolił mi, choć w małym stopniu się do niej zbliżyć. Dlatego na pewno przeczytam inne pozycję Singera, aby poprzez literaturę przez chwilę zobaczyć świat oczami kogoś wychowanego w niezrozumiałym ...more
Eli
Dec 21, 2011 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved it, loved it -- made me want to learn Yiddish so I could read these stories in the original. Singer's world is magical and moral, deeply human and deeply entertaining. My favorite story -- which I was not expecting at all -- was "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy". Yes, that Yentl. The original... well, let's just say it's funny, touching, hella queer, and completely different from the movie and the musical. Go read Singer's excoriating review of Streisand's version, and then pick up this bo ...more
carl  theaker
Had a Jewish Grad Ass for Contemporary Fiction and he was
going to make darn sure we were going to be introduced to
Jewish fiction and we were. I appreciated the cultural
experience.

Contains Yentl, which was timely as for the upcoming
movie.

Leila
Feb 15, 2011 Leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud suddenly seemed... vivacious. The stories in Short Friday and Other Stories are so dark and depressing but so mesmerizing I couldn't stop reading.
Kris
May 23, 2012 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often read collections of short stories, but this was a nice change, quick stories, easy to read. Enjoyed reading the original Yentl story.
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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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