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This novel portrays the difficulties encountered by traditionalist Jews coming to terms with the social changes that rocked Poland in the late 19th century. The central figure of the novel is Calman Jacoby, who stands between the old and the new, unable to embrace either whole-heartedly.
Published (first published 1967)
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What a sordid and all at once riveting account of life in Jewish Poland before the turn of the century. I learned a lot about Hasidic life and how the fall of feudalism sorted itself out in Eastern Europe. A highly moral tale of spiritual conviction and losing one's soul to tempation.
Feb 08, 2014 Red rated it 3 of 5 stars
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in amsterdam jews came from portugal and spain they were rich and from poland they were poor.
this book is about the 'poor' jews and the country they lived in once.
how the small community works could be an example for people in the western world.
Sep 05, 2013 Charmie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a strong interest for religion/theology
Nice writing, compelling story, interesting background, likable characters, A LOT of informations about judaism and 19th-century Poland. I liked the book and really enjoyed reading it but found myself longing for the end at about page 400 (it's 600 pages long, more or less). It's quite gloomy, sordid even, and I guess I wanted to finish it before I became completely depressed. That has something to do with the religious fatalism (I did not say fanatism, though it's another big thing in the book) ...more
All types of passion animate these characters; religious devotion, sexual intoxication, revolutionary ardor. The large questions of good and evil are grappled with. Does god hold the truth as to life's meaning or does understanding come from scientific knowledge? Profound questions are raised with few answers revealed. The Jewish people endure throughout the centuries in the face of endless persecution.....
Lewis Weinstein
Set in the same time frame (more or less) as Israel Joshua Singer's Brothers Ashkenazi, and written 16 years later (1953 vs 1937). What a difference! The Manor has all of the emotion and connection to characters that I found lacking in Brothers Ashkenazi. Both novels are full of details of Jewish life in Poland, and the relations of Jews to Poles, that are so valuable to me as I do research for my next novel.
A story of Jewish family which life is going around its head. he decides nearly about everything. Something Isaac Bashevis Singer's fans.
Piet Michael
Eines der großartigsten Bücher über das Leben und Werden der Juden und Polen im 19.Jh. Dicht, farbenprächtig und tragisch!
One of the best books I have read in my "new life"!

Bill Silverman
Great book but not his best.
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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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