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The Manor

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  338 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 442 pages
Published March 25th 1993 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1967)
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Red
Feb 08, 2014 Red rated it liked it
Shelves: us
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.
Barbikat60
Oct 23, 2009 Barbikat60 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joseph
Oct 16, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Singer can't help but be brilliant, but this novel is too sprawling, too soap-operatic, too loaded down with late life nostalgia.

There's also an essay to be written--maybe later today, maybe not--about how something as small as the choice of a title can throw a translated novel off-center.
Alex Goldstein
Sep 19, 2016 Alex Goldstein rated it liked it
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Сага о жизни евреев в Польше во второй половине XIX века. В центре повествования богатый еврей-арендатор из небольшого местечка и его семья.
В это время происходят коренные изменения в укладе жизни как евреев так и поляков. Главные причины - отмена крепостного права, подавление польского восстания, отход части евреев от религии и начало ассимиляции. Гордые польские шляхтичи остаются без денег и спиваются, богатые евреи живут в бывших графских усадьбах, еврейская молодежь уходит в город, быстрая
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Charmie
Sep 05, 2013 Charmie rated it liked it  ·  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
Sergio
Jun 25, 2016 Sergio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non avevo ancora letto nulla di Isaac Singer nonostante nella mia libreria ci siano diversi suoi romanzi e raccolte di racconti: avevo sempre pensato che avrei approcciato a lui con il famoso romanzo "La famiglia Moskat" e invece eccomi qui a recensire "La fortezza" che ho appena finito di leggere: il romanzo di una famiglia, quella del mercante ebreo Jacob Calman che, grazie alla sua abilità commerciale, diventa ricchissimo ma la fortuna che lo accompagna negli affari non gli è altrettanto prop ...more
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.
Florence
Apr 30, 2011 Florence rated it it was amazing
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.....
Elisabeth Schinagl
Wie lebt eine jüdische Minderheit inmitten der katholischen Mehrheitsgesellschaft im Polen des 19. Jahrhunderts? Singers Roman ist nicht nur ein Sittengemälde seiner Zeit, sondern auch ein Spiegel für unsere eigene.
Anna
Feb 08, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2015 Piet Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polish
Eines der großartigsten Bücher über das Leben und Werden der Juden und Polen im 19.Jh. Dicht, farbenprächtig und tragisch!
Virginia Rounding
Aug 02, 2016 Virginia Rounding rated it really liked it
Very good, as Singer always is. But rather hard to remember who's who, particularly if one comes back to it, as I did, at intervals.
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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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