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A Malamud Reader

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This volume presents between the covers of a single book the range and scope of one of the most distinguished writers in America, Bernard Malamud.
A Malamud Reader contains the complete text of The Assistant, his novel of love and redemption in Brooklyn; ten stories from The Magic Barrel and Idiots First; three journeys--to Chicago, from The Natural; to the coast, from A Ne
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 1st 1967 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published January 1st 1967)
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Mar 07, 2014 VJ rated it it was amazing
It started with the short stories and was hooked. I'm reading my bookshelves and sharing with Better World Books everything that doesn't catch and hold my attention for twenty pages. Malamud hooked me with a title: Black is My Favorite Color. I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good Jewish turn of phrase.

After the short stories, I read The Assistant. More good Jewish vernacular with the addition of tortured souls. So much suffering in this novella.

Section three, In Love and Prison, introduced me
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I read all the short stories from this one, but not the selections from novels, as I planned to eventually read them.
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Bernard Malamud was an author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the great American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel The Fixer, about antisemitism in Tsarist Russia, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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