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The Best of Sholem Aleichem

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Unknown Binding, 276 pages
Published January 31st 1980 by Simon & Schuster
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Kathryn
Feb 28, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This collection of short fiction pieces was my bedtime reading for several nights. Most of the stories are humorous, with an undercurrent of tragedy, and very readable, and I enjoyed reading this book very much.

Sholom Aleichem was the pen name of Ukrainian-born Jewish author Solomon Rabinovich (1859 – 1916). He wrote in Yiddish, adopting his pen name from the common Yiddish greeting shalom aleichem, meaning “peace be with you”. By 1890 he had become a central figure in Yiddish literature, becomi
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Garrett Zecker
Dec 17, 2011 Garrett Zecker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that this collection was a fantastically written view into Pre-20th century Jewish writing. I picked this up as a study into the lives of the characters in Fiddler On The Roof, a play I was auditioning for and eventually cast in. I really enjoyed the stark folkloric nature of these stories, not to mention the fact that the narratives bounce between fiction and nonfiction quite easily. One easily can get lost in the truthfulness and believability of the entire story - they are genuine, ...more
Paul
Apr 04, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
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This anthology was pure reading pleasure. To anyone who, like me, has heard of Sholom Aleichem, and is probably familiar with his character Tevye the Dairyman from the successful 'Fiddler on the Roof' musical play/film - an adaptation of some of the 'Tevye's Daughters' stories, but who has not previously read his work; if you enjoyed that character - and want a bit more - then as far as I can tell you're in for a treat with much of what he wrote. 'The Best of' includes twenty-two stories from ...more
Tatyana Naumova
Jul 19, 2013 Tatyana Naumova rated it really liked it
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Проклятый этот курсеровский курс отравляет мне июль, потому что я постоянно читаю что-то про Холокост, слушаю что-то про Холокост, смотрю что-то про Холокост, и вот эта книжка - это все от усердия, потому что я прочла On Account of a hat и не поняла, зачем, про что, как это мне поможет. В сборнике все выглядит, впрочем, куда лучше, монолитно и скрепленно.
Сразу вспоминается, как я купила девочкам (ну ладно, себе - девочки такой восхитительный повод) "Рассказы для детей" Исаака Башевиса Зингера и
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H Gibson
Aug 07, 2015 H Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of authentically Jewish short stories with wry humor. Not a book you'll blow through, but worth the read just for all the great expressions.
Neil Fein
Aug 11, 2010 Neil Fein rated it really liked it
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Excellent so far. I stopped reading once the book got to the Tevya stories, I left a bookmark in the volume.
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Funny, enlightening, well written.
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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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