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The Shoemaker's Tale

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A Chagall painting brought to life, the novel traces the episodic journey of an orphaned 18th-century cobbler in search of the legendary Jewish rabbi and miracle worker, the Baal Shem Tov.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Zephyr Press (first published October 1st 1993)
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Tim
Feb 01, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
Mark Ari's The Shoemaker's Tale is simply brilliant. It's as good as any magic realism out there and masterfully and beautifully blends the mythical with the everyday. Ari does a lot of work in Jacksonville and other places to support local artists, writers, musicians, and he's an amazingly inspiring person. But he's also as good a writer as I've found, and everybody he's in any other way inspired should read The Shoemaker's Tale.
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Jul 04, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Wow - loved this book. A wonderful Jewish fable set in 18th century Warsaw, captures all the humor of traditional Jewish tales, with plenty of magic and some pathos. Highly recommended.
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